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Rheumatoid Arthritis

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  • sulfasalazine for RA

       I have seronegative RA and also crohns bowel autoimmune disease.   Had to come off Cimzia and Humira and couldn't tolerate methotrexate .   Has anyone just taken the sulfsalazine and no other drug for RA and it has helped with pain and inflammation?   Gastro Md doesn't...

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  • sulfasalazine for RA

       I have seronegative RA and also crohns bowel autoimmune disease.   Had to come off Cimzia and Humira and couldn't tolerate methotrexate .   Has anyone just taken the sulfsalazine and no other drug for RA and it has helped with pain and inflammation?   Gastro Md doesn't...

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  • night time burning legs

    Hi, i really don't know if this is associated with RA or not but this only occurs at night from12 - 7am. I feel like my blood within my legs is on fire. Does anyone know what this is? Many thanks

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  • Bone erosion of sternomanubrial joint - please help

    Hi,  I am a 20 year old male who has often kept reasonably fit, however as of recent I have been absolutely debilitated due to quite an abrupt and significant erosion of the sternomanubrial joint within my chest. The pain began subtly around 6 months ago, however become rapidly acute in severity...

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  • Should I start Methotrexate .

    My wife was recently diagnosed with RA by rheumatologist after blood test, x rays of both wrist and MRI of left wrist to confirm.  She was taking levothyroxine for 6-8 years. Some how her HYPOTHYROIDISM slowly turned into HYPERTHYROIDISM, (may be because of autoimmune disease) and now she takes...

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  • What biologic drug to choose?

    I have sero negative arthritis and have had it for years. I have done the methotrexate for 2 years and it worked well for my arthritis but was making me sick at least 2 days of every week. Since then I am taking Sulfasalazine and Leflunomide every day. It has been working up to about a month ago, now...

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  • Negative Rheumatoid Factor Test

    Hi All recently had bloods done for Rheumatoid arthritis. Had Rheumatoid Factor test done and ecr test. Both have come back negative. Now waiting to hear from gp about transfering me to see a rheumatologist. Have Oa for about 10 years and also Fibromyaglia. My arthirits had become worse and several...

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  • Been in Methotrexate for 3 1/2 months

    Hi new here was diagnosed with RA about a year ago tried salfalazine but got sickness with it, have been on Methotrexate and Hydroxychloroquine and folic acid the Meths are injections for 3 1/2 months but still got lots of swelling and pain. Had several courses of steroids which do help but having to...

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  • RADIOSYNOVECTOMY -YYTRIUM INJECTION

    Hi there, im due to have an Yytrium injection into both of my knees, in about 6 weeks time.  Has anyone had one before and can shed some light on things such as recovery time or success rate as there isn't much information out there for patients.  Im only 28 and used to play sport to quite...

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  • Worried because I have to change to a generic med for RA

    Hi!  I've been on a medication called Arava for 18 years for RA.  I have had great success with this drug.  My insurance company has decided not to cover it anymore and is making me take the generic lefluminoide.  Does anyone out there take  this drug for their RA?  I...

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  • PIP

    Hi, I have a PIP interview next week and im getting anxious already, what am I to expect? Jo

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  • Coming off Steroids

    I've been on steroids since last September as I had couple bad flare ups. I had a Ritucimab infusion in August and I'm also on 15mls Methotrexate injections. My Rheumatologist started me on tapering in February 12.5. then march 10 then 5 then 2.5,But since I've been on 2.5ive been feeling...

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  • Struggling emotionally with flare ups.

    I was diagnosed with RA in 2010 and initially devasted but got my head around it and moved on. Hate taking the medication but resigned to it. I was very lucky for 7 years in that I remained relatively well. Not always sure if I am prescribed the best medication or the cheapest. Over last year I have...

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  • Humira Newbie

    Hello, just started Humira today and hope I am successful with it.i have RA and have tried many things . This time I’m going with a cocktail of methotrexate and humira . Anyone who has any feedback on how long before I see any results is greatly appreciated. Actually any advice  on treating RA  is...

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  • Sleeping issues

    I wake up every nite around 3:30 am w/ pain and restlessness. I am hoping Humira will help alleviate this for me . Does anyone else suffer from disturbed sleeping😫

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  • Started running course and experiencing aches

    Hi- was diagnosed sero negative rheumatoid arthritis in 2014. Went on methrotrexate for 13 months and then came off to conceive third child. Since having baby (nearly 2 years old) have been flare up free. Just started a runnning course called 'couch to 5k' where new runners gradually build up...

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  • Been taking Leflunomide now for 2 months

    Hello to the world been taking Leflunomide now for 2 months after being on different other one before which give me lung infections twice could anybody out there tell me if they had problems like being sick feeling bad all the time etc due to taking tablets like methotrexate sulfasalazine are anything...

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  • Benepali side effects

    Hello fellow sufferers          I 've just started Benepali injections. After 2 doses I'm feeling 'light headed' as if I'm drunk and also have been getting 'Tension headaches nausea and low a do pain. Is this 'par for the course' ? Has anyone else...

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  • weight

    I was wondering if the RA community out there has had any issues with weight gain when on meds such as methotrexate or any other biologics? I seem to be gaining weight for no apparent reason and I don’t know why, diet the same and exercise has been increased as far as cardio is concerned. Has anyone...

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  • Confused - doctor wants me to stop immunosuppressive therapy

    Last summer I was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis after years of unexplained symptoms such as pain, muscle weakness, dry eyes and fatigue. I had been to many doctors and had dozens of tests, but I found no answers until a few knuckles and fingers on my left hand started to visibly swell. Two months...

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  • Lymphocytosis

    I have had Rheumatoid arthritis since 1988. Well controlled thankfully. After nearly 2 years of blood tests bone marrow tests I have finally got a diagnosis of   (T-LGL)   aka T-cell large granular lymphocytosis. I had low white neutrophil count anaemia low grade fevers. As a result...

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  • Just diagnosed

    Hi been diagnosed with R A since January just started treatment with Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate 10 days ago, l was told it takes 12wks to kick in, my finger joints in right hand today are swollen and my finger tips have severe tingling is this normal

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  • Actemra

    Wondering if anyone has experience being on Actemra - alone without any additional meds (like MTX). I'm on Enbrel, but its causing psoriasis, and not controlling the RA. I can't be on MTX due to many side effects, aslo can't be on Sulfasalizine, and Plaquinel which is why I'm wondering...

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  • RA and carpal tunnel symptoms

    Hiya, I have been on Naproxen and Amitriptyline for 2 years but came off them early this year due to severe side effects. The symptoms of carpal tunnel came on very fast and are really severe now 6 months later, my nerve induction tests have came back normal, is this ‘normal’ because it’s the swelling...

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  • Infection Risk

    I am on Methotrexate 20mg , sufalazine prednisolone and just about to start biologics . Tonight I was in the same room as a baby who had chicken pox . I couldn’t see any spots but didn’t go close . Am I at risk of infection or just being paranoid 

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  • New to this site

    I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about a year ago. It started in my hand and is now in my foot. The doctor has me on Etodolac, sulfasalazine, hydroxychloroquine, and prednisone, and I am still in pain with my foot. She now wants to put me on Methotrexate but will not take me off of my other...

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  • Ankle pain!

    Hi. I’ve been on methotrexate for just over a year which has been increased from 10mg to 20mg. I also take sulfasalazine ( excuse the spelling!) and have done so for two months. The aches in my fingers and hands is much improved, but I’m still experiencing really achy ankles every evening. It’s the front...

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  • Looking for info on Orencia

    hi, I’ve been on biologics for over two years first on Cimzia then changed to Actemra now on Orencia. I had no problems with the first two but had to change from Cimzia because I could not tolerate MTX anymore and Actemra can be used as a stand alone. Unfortunately Actemra caused problems with my diverticulitis...

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  • methotrexate injection in knee.

    hello, has anyone had methotrexate injection directly into the joint? I'm starting next week in my knee 10mg per week for 6 week.  no meds have helped after 3 years. my synovial membrane is 8mm thick on knee so this is there next treatment. still taking lefluomide which seems to do nothing. ...

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  • Dry violent cough started day after first methotrexate injection

    First time posting in any ra forum but need some advice while I wait for rheum nurse to phone back. I was diagnosed with jia about 17 years ago (pretty much all my joints Appart from my hips and shoulders). By my mid 20s I had no flares or even morning stiffness and genuinely believed I had 'grown...

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  • Choosing not to take medication

    Hi I am newly diagnosed with RA. Feeling bulldozed into taking medication with no other options offered. My instinct says NO! it can't be the only option to poison my body in such a extreme way. Has anybody else chose not to take the meds? and how do you feel ?

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  • 28 Newly Diagnosed

    Hello,  I was just diagnosed with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis at 28. Came as quite a shock because I went in for what seemed like a simple swelling (no pain) in my wrist and came out with a full on RA diagnosis. My rheumy has already started me on meds (20 mg prednisone) and then in two months...

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