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Hi there, new to the forums and looking for advice, hints, coping strategies etc...
I'm 30 and have been struggling with joint pain since middle of last year diagnosed with RA, my cons (been through 3) and nurse are both trying to find a balance of meds to help ease my flares etc. currently on hydroxychloroquine and sulfasalzine. The plan was to gradually increase the Sul to 5-6 tabs a day, but after 3 weeks my liver wasn't playing ball and I became quite unwell. Back onto 1 tab for a few weeks to see if the same will happen again or if it was an isolated incident! Unfortunately it looks like my liver going to cope again, so will be onto Mxt next.
I'm really really unhappy about trying this drug, I've yet to hear a story where it has worked. Has anyone here got a positive note/story?
I'm desperate to get back to work, I'm a midwife on the verge of losing my job as I'm not currently able to do what is required of me, and I've had to take a long period of time off.
I've tried a bunch of holistic remedies to ease my pains in addition to medication (pain meds included: co codmol 30/500 naproxen 500mg), but nothing seems to help. I'm exercising, losing weight, eating healthier, been taking apple cider vinegar, vitamins etc. in addition to hot/cold compresses, osteopathy, physio, acupuncture, meditation.. I'm willing to give anything a go especially if there is a study etc to back it up. If anyone can recommend something that'll be great!
Also are the following side affects normal with RA and the medication I'm taking? Or am I just falling apart??!
nausea (I've had this over 18 months anyway but just checking)
mood swings (I'm generally a lovely person!)
extreme fatigue (like needing a nap after climbing a flight of stairs)
generall unwell feeling (like I'm about to get flu)
blurry vision (eyes checked regularly)
brain fog (that could just be me :o/)
im im sure there's a few more.. But you guys have had enough of me!
thank you in advance.
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