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Rheumatoid Arthritis

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  • Prednisolone for rheumatoid arthritis

    i was diagnosed with RA a year ago and started on methotrexate but recently my blood test came back with abnormal liver function so I had to stop until my liver goes back to normal. In the meantime, I've been given 10 mg prednisolone to take. I tried taking 2 tablets of 5 mg in the morning but by...

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  • Certolizumab pegol / Cimzia...anti TNF

    Hi Fellow sufferers,                                  I hope you're treatments are working and keeping you well..!! I've just been prescribed Cimzia injections following a nasty reaction to Benepali. Are any...

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  • Very early days, feeling scared and alone

    Sorry if joining now is inappropriate but I'm going crazy. Presented symptoms of past few months to GP last week, who immediately suggested RA and wrote out blood forms. Went on holiday next day (still abroad) and my body has gone into meltdown. Can't function, joints so painful and so exhausted....

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  • Oriencia with MTX

    I would like to get off the MTX but my doctor told me that when taking Oriencia ( Abatacept) and MTX together that it makes Oriencia work better.  Has anybody's doctor told them this and also who is on Oriencia and not talking MTX? 

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  • Frustrated with current meds and rhuematologist

    Hi all first time I've ever post but need some help. Been on 12.5 methotrexate injection for 9 yrs and its just not working anymore still getting flares every couple of wks, steroids don't work anymore! Also on hydroxychloroquine too. Rheumy will not change me to another mediation as he says...

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  • knee swollen,turns out to be osteoporosis

    I had swollen knee on the right leg and went to my Rheumy,he took out the fluid from my knee and gave injection. But I still had swelling and pain can't walk.Rheumy gave me Arava increased Mtx dose . Upon my friends request visited another hospital and was diagnosed problem in knee bone. Doctor...

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  • Meds and weight gain/bloating/retention

    Hi All   After being diagnosed in April with Sero-negative RA I am still on the journey to try to control this illness.   4 weeks ago 5 things happened…!   ·         My RA upped my MXT from 12.5mg weekly to 20mg ·        ...

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  • First infusion of inflectra

    Hi.. I Start my first infusion of inflectra tomorrow... Words can not describe the fear I'm feeling... I'm dreading the two hour wait after the infusion ends to see if I have a reaction...... I don't have any friends with RA so don't know anyone who has been on it..... Side effects seem...

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  • Raisins soaked in vodka?

    My friend was telling me about soaking golden raisins in vodka helping with pain.  I would like to try it.  You soak them for two weeks and then eat 9 a day. Has anyone tried this while on Methatrexate?  I am concerned about the alcohol.  I was told no drinking.  Thanks

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  • Cook book

    Any one recommend a good dietary cook book for rheumatoid arthritis. I've looked at lots but most have bad reviews. I just want one that will help with the the reduction inflammation. Thanx Maz

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  • Giant mystery

    My doctors know I am sick, and they are treating me symptomatically. However, not one can figure out why I am sick. I have been clinically diagnosed with Self fusing vertebras at three levels of my lumbar spine Restrictive lung disease Excessive lumbar hyperlordosis Obstructive sleep apnea Muscle weakness...

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  • Rheumatoid arthritis injections

    Concerning benepali injections.I too am experiencing difficulty in the  fluid going into the skin. It seems a lot comes after the removal of the pen. Is this what should happen? Comments very welcome.

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  • New drug

    I am in the process of deciding which drug to go with next in the battle to beat my rheumatoid Arthritis In the past I have tried many things My RA clinic has given me a choice of 2 1 Etanercept 2 Golimumab( Simponi) Both are Anti TFN Both are very similar my question has anyone on here tried either...

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  • low inflammation, lots of pain

    I guess I have lots of questions today! LOL. I just got my results back from the blood work and they show no to little inflammation, so why am I in increased pain? It's coming from joints that were not involved before. That is why I believe Enbrel has quit working. I'm confused, what is going...

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  • Methotrexate vs sulfasalazine??

    Hi, new to this. I was officially diagnosed with RA today and they doctor recommended these two for treatment (methotrexate and sulfasalazine). She suggested methotrexate as it seems to be the best. But I am terrified, and I mean TERRIFIED, of the side effects of both. I have a huge phobia of throwing...

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  • Extreme pain in hands. I'm new to this.

    I started out 7 weeks ago with swollen hands and feet. Lots of pain in hands and cannot bend them to touch my palms. After two visits to my Primary care doctor, I am being sent to a Rheumotologist for testing. My hands ars so painful that I can hardly hold a pen to write. Fingers stay numb. I...

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  • Pain again

    Almost a year is gone since they diagnosed me with severe rhumetoid arthritis in all my joints. Cried almost for days since I could barely get out of bed and after almost four months of medication I started to feel better. Just the past few weeks the pain started all over and the swelling is back and...

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  • Confused about diagnosis?

    Hi, I had my first appointment with rheumatology nurse specialist today after seeing a consultant a few months ago on a referral from my gp. I have been put on hydroxychloroquine, just 200mg once a day, she said just starting with a mild medication as at the moment it's relatively mild. I'm just...

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  • Bruising while on Humira

     Hello, I have been on Humira for a couple of months now. It has happened with the RA symptoms however I noticed that I am Bruising for no reason , Also I get blood spots on my arms. Has anyone has had the symptoms while on this drug?  I was on Enbrel before for about four years  no side...

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  • Rituxan

    Hi RA friends, well here I go again , the last infusion of Actema caused rashes and boils so my Reumy is starting me on Rituxan 5 hour infusion! My body rejected Orencia , Remacaid, Xelzand , methotrexate, enbral .  It's been over six years , no deformity yet but pain level intense everyday...

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  • Drugs and pain killers.

    Yesterday saw my RA Doc for the first time and was prescribed 6 Methotrexate pills taken at once for 2 weeks then increased to 8 pills once a week, taken at once, along with 2 Hydroxychloroquine daily.      I decided last night not to give myself my usual 2 Naproxan pain pills to...

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  • Prednisone advil

    I took my last prednisone pill on Friday, it's now Sunday afternoon. Can I take so advil with my methotrexate? Have pain again in shoulders and fingers. Thanks.

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  • Question

    Hi I am reducing my Prednisone and having problems. I have RA and I'm now trying to reduce my prednisone from 5mg to 2.5mg. I'm struggling but have slowed things down. I'm now taking 3.75mg. I'm having a few problems, pain and inflammation, but the main problem is mood swings. Is this...

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  • New med trial for possible seronegative RA diagnosis

    Hi new to RA group, My Rheumatologist suspect I might have seronegative RA and I'm currently taking low dose prednisone with Arava for treatment. I just started a week ago. I was told it could take up to 2 weeks to get into the system. I would like to know how effect Arava has been with treating...

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  • Gold and tramadol.

    Hi everyone. Just a quick query really. I've been on gold injections and tramadol for almost 4 years I think up to date. Everything was fine until about 9 months ago. Then things got really painful all over. Believe it or not I never asked what the tramadol was for. Assumed they were mild painkillers....

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  • decaquinon

    Have anyone taken this tablets?. The doctor prescribed for my knee pain.

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  • Looking for positive or good results.I was wobd

    I was wondering, is there anyone out there with positive or promising results of stopping meds and taking supplements, or having good results with certain meds? I am one who is so afraid of the meds, and trying other ways, with not much results. I don't know what to take for pain. I've read so...

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  • Exhausted all the time.

    Yesterday I got up and had breakfast. I was exhausted and went back to bed for two hours then I got up and emptied the washing machine and put a line of washing out, then went back to bed and slept until 5 pm. (Six hours) Then I made myself something to eat and flopped I to the armchair and fell asleep....

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  • Pneumonia

    hi all its me again, been on ra forum last week talking about how I was feeling after high liver count meant I was off all meds for my rheumatoid. A few days later after struggling to breathe for a couple of days, was sent to hospital as emergency suffering from double pneumonia. Am writing this from...

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  • Bio Magnesium

    Hi friends, I went to the Rhumy today. He gave an injection. He increased Methotrexate dose to 5 tablets, added Arava and Decaquinon. Every alternative day he gave Thyrosit. My Rhumy said not to take bio magnesium. He said I'll have heart problem if I take them. My question is ,when I browsed...

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  • Side effecys of methotrexate

    3 weeks on methotrexate right knee hurts worse than before taking medicine the other my right foot that went away but now my left knee hurts are this effects normal to have more pain till I get use to it

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  • Sarah

    Hi I have been in a lot of pain in my knees especially my left one. Doctor has put me on tramadol, by the end of my working day in could easily cry as legs so painful. My eyes are beginning to crystal every morning so hard to open some mornings. I had a scan couple of weeks ago but doctor hasn't...

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  • Symptom too early/mild for biologic treatment ?

     Hi Everyone, I’m a 35 male that started experience lot of fatigue and gastro-intestinal symptom since the last 10 year. In the last 2 year pain in the articulation has been added to the symptom and that pain is growing mostly located in the hand, back and foot. Writing is now painful. I...

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  • Shoulder replacement

    Diagnosed 9 months ago with rhuatoid arthritis I need a total shoulder replacement august 17 can r a move that fast to cause that much damage that quick

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