Yes sadly we will probably all be on these medications for the rest of our lives. Thankfully, even though we can't drink we can hopefully enjoy a better life with less pain because of these meds. There are new drugs in the pipe line that should help RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS without shutting down our immune system. If this pans out, then hopefully then we can drink. I know it sounds silly and minor to doctors - but I really noticed a difference in my social life.View Thread
I was prescribed 5mg daily of folic acid (35 weekly)including the methotrexate day. I wasn't having side effects from methotrexate so without my doctors knowledge I've lowered that to 10mg weekly. I'm hoping it'll lows the methotrexate to help my joints but I'm worried I might lose my hair. 7 weeks and I notice more hair in my brush but I recently gave birth so that might be causing the hair lose.View Thread
What is the outlook / prognois for newly diagnoised individuals. I know there are a lot of variables so feel free to be vague. Everything I read online says EVERYONE gets erosions. Is this true?
In my case my rf is 21, my ESR and CPR have been consistently low/ normal but my ccp is above 250. I started medication within three months of the onset of symptoms. Does early intervention counteract the high ccp number?View Thread
Are you planning to have kids in the future? I'd hold off and ask for something else. Otherwise I'd suggest trying it nd seeing how you feel. I was terrified to try methotrexate but I thankfully don't have side effects yet (I have my third injection in a couple days). Im so glad I did it now. Sounds like your doctor is aggressively attacking the rheumatoid arthritis and from what I read that's the best way to do it.View Thread
I am predicted to have an aggressive form of rheumatoid arthritis . My doctor has me on two dmards (plaquenil and methotrexate) and I'm doing well. I can take them with dinner and stay up for the next few hours without problems or side effects. I was wondering if I should inquire about a third DMARD to slow down joint damage before it happens. I've read many promising things about triple therapy.
Physically I'm doing well. Morning stiffness lasts a few minutes, don't take pain killers. My only complaint is my hips ache with increased activity and especially at the end of th night when I try and sleep and I've stood a lot during the day. My hips are not stiff though.View Thread
Thank you so much for your reply. I wish I could hug you! I hope you are right. It's only been two weeks since I started medicine but my hips and knees ache so much I can't play with my son or take my daughter for walks. I brought my kids to a science centre the other day and I had to sit on the floor next to them most of the day (the things that are not included in photographs). I'm hoping in another month things will improve. I wish the medicine worked faster.View Thread
Hey! Im31 and I was diagnoised about a month ago. Its strange, I can clearly remember my rheumatoid arthritis free days still. 5 months ago I didn't even know what rheumatoid arthritis meant or was.
Mine started 6 weeks after my second child was born. She was hospitalized (turned out she had a flu) and I was so scared. I went to sleep at the hospital alone (my husband wanted a full nights sleep so he went home) and I woke up and my hands hurt so much. I guess I was lucky that I presented with typical symptoms so I was diagnoised quickly. I did my second dose of methotrexate two days ago. I really hope it works. With a toddler and n infant I need relief.
Well, that's my story! What yours? I'm trying to stay positive. I won't read certin websites because its so negative I get panic attacks. Sigh.View Thread
Thanks for the information. At my last visit my doctor put me on both plaquenil and mtx, what are the chances? So I got over my fear and actually took the medication. I'm so glad I did. So far I don't have any side effects with either medication (although in a week the plaquenil is being doubled, hope I'm still ok). My symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are getting worse too so I really wish I took the medication sooner.
It's ver encouraging that you were helped with just plaquenil. It seems that no one is ever helped by anything with this stupid disease. The more I read online the more discouraged I get. I begin to wonder what the point is. View Thread