This all started two and a half months ago. It literally came on overnight. My husband and I went to dinner about an hour away from home and my hands started hurting. By the time I got home I was in tears. I thought it was a virus or something took some pain med I had left over from a surgery and thought that would be the end of it. I couldn't get out of bed the next two days. All of my joints were painful and my hands and feet were burning and red. I still just thought ok this will pass I had a dr appt later that week. By the time I went to dr petechiae had appeared on both feet. She immediately said I am going to check for RA but I reminded her she had checked for it previously and it was negative. She felt something definitely going on so referred to rheumatologist. That appt was November 3. She ran more tests and said RA. Said stop taking taking aleve and gave me two weeks of prednisone. I felt better after three days. Still sore but just a little pain. She gave me info about MTX and hydroxchloroquine and told me to decide which to start I have been off the prednisone for two weeks now and the pain is worse than ever. My fingers are curling. I am so exhausted I can hardly make it through the day and then I can't sleep because I hurt so bad. I am sorry to whine so much. I just needed to vent somewhere and saw this group. I keep,thinking she will tell me when I go back it isn't RA. But then what do I do? I don't even know which medicine is the best choice for me if it really is RA. I am usually a very positive person but the last few days are getting to me.View Thread
Dr visit yesterday confirmation of RA. Dr decided to begin with MTX. She also gave me frolic acid and prednisone. I'm. Thankful for the prednisone because it did help last time. A bit scared to start the methotrexate because my initial liver enzymes were elevated and she s going to check in three weeks to decide if I can stay on it. If yes she will increase the dosage. I take four pills for three weeks then increase to six and eventually eight. Is this normal? I spoke with someone today and she has been on methotrexate for six years and only takes three pills a week with no side effects. I have IBS and am worried the meds will make it worse too. Do most of you have side effects or are the horror stories few and far between ?View Thread
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