Hello. I am 41 years old and was diagnosed with RA in the summer of 2009. I have only been taking Plaquenil since diagnosis. Plus 500MG naproxen during flares. A few times I've taken Prednisone for a more severe flare. 2x when I've taken it helps the bad joint (currently it was left knee!) but now my right foot is killing me and the Prednisone hasn't seemed to help that joint at all. Anyone have any idea about this or has it happened to you. Taking some Tylenol to help manage pain but cannot remember if I can only take. 3000mg a day or if it's 4000mg a day.
I am so sorry you're feeling so bad. What meds have you tried? Any supplements like fish oil or vitamin D?
I take Plaquenil and the above supplements. I have mostly good times but occasional flares when I also use 500mg of Naproxen. I am in midst of bad flare and am currently on a tapering dose of Prednisone.
I try and stretch my flared joint. It can be painful to try and stretch it but it helps to loosen it up. I use ice too. I'll put ice on for 30-45 mins. I used to try warm baths but I prefer ice. Helps with inflammation and the pain too.
Try and focus on what you can do. It's ok to have a pity party for yourself sometimes though. RA stinks! Just try and find at least one thing your thankful for daily and cling to it.
Also try and get lots of water and rest too. Hope you feel better. You're in my prayers tonight. View Thread