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Rheumatoid Arthritis

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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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  • Just a question

    Hello all Has anyone on here been put on Remicade for RA or heard anything about it. Think its newish. I need to change my meds, i'm convinced after 15yrs my body has become to used to humira and mtx .

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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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  • Plaquenil worsening symptoms

    I've been in Plaquenil for 3 weeks along with prednisone. I'm in much worse pain and swelling ECT. I've experienced migraines, major swelling in ankles and knees. It just seems like everything worsened bigtime after diagnosis and starting Plaquenil. Is this normal? Will this get better???...

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  • Blood results - confused

    Hi all In September I suffered pain in my index and middle finger knuckles for a couple of days and then one morning woke to swelling, they disappeared the following day but the pain continued on and off over the space of a couple of months with the pain going into all my finger joints on my right hand...

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  • Reducing Methotrexate

    Hi, I have Reduced my medication from 8 tablets to 7 in the last few weeks as agreed with rheumatology nurse. About two weeks later my mum passed away and a week later I started with flares (approx. 3 weeks after starting reduction). I spoke to my Gp who said not to go back up to 8 tablets as all the...

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  • New to this

    Hi all my name is garry( gaz to most folk) im 60 ive had r.a. for approx 17 yrs. 13 of them on humira and methotrexate. Am beginning to think its time for a change. All my blood tests say all ok but fed up of the pain and everything that goes with that. Im really down my appetites crap. 56kg at docs...

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  • Benepali and cough.

    Hi all, I've mentioned this before, I started with a cough about 5 weeks ago, so after a week with this cough I missed out my Benepali injection for a 1 week and cough seemed to go, then I took my next injection and the next one, now the cough and cold back worse than before, so I reckon I'll...

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  • Benepali side effects,anyone else experienced these?

    I was on Embrel for several years and it was amazing, I felt the difference within 2 hours of the first injection, then last year I was changed to Benepali because of the cost and was told it would be no different. First there was the itching, mainly my face, neck and scalp, when I told the rhumatologist...

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  • Multiple AutoImmune Disorders

    I am new to this group. I am 52 years old and diagnosed at 14 with diabetes, at 50 with celiac disease and 51 with seropositive RA and now watching my salivation production decrease and my larynx is showing signs of being infecting by RA. My doctor prescribed plaqnuil and after almost two years gave...

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  • Raynauds and RA

    Hi everyone, Hope you all are well. Just wanted to know if anyone had developed Raynauds Phenomenon due to RA? Any advise for controlling it since my BP is low and am afraid to take Calcium Blockers?

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  • Working with Arthritis

    Hi, i'm new here and really haven't got a clue what to actually do but i really needed someone to help/talk to. So basically my issue is that i have been working with a store for almost 2 years now and they are unaware of my arthritis. I kept it off my CV because whenever i would involve it i...

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  • Hypersensitivity

    I went to my PCP the other day & was telling him how sore my knuckles were. He said  ​Hypersensitivity, I've done some research on it but do not understand it. I've had RA for going on 5 years and the last time I had this pain  my rheumy said it was a torn tendon sheath.  This...

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  • Methotrexate

    My husband recently passed away after having rheumatoid lung disease a nd arthritis it happened so quickly everyone was shocked. I believe methotrexate should have been stopped earlier this year when lung function tests were showing big deterioration. Anyone else experienced this?

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  • Cholestyramine and Hydroxychloroquine - RA - Conception

    DX: Rheumatiod Arthirits.....As of 2/2/18 I started taking in combination Cholestyramine and Hydroxycholoroquine. This is to flush my system of Leflunomide for future conception and new med to treat RA. My body immediately felt flushed, red cheeks(hot), nausea, and dizziness. I decided to wait on the...

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  • Questions on elderly man with RA

    My husband is 74 and has sarcoidosis, anemia, cirrhosis, and a few other health issues along with RA. His mom had RA , too and he has just been diagnosed with it in the last 2-3 years. He has pain all over and living in SW Missouri, cold fronts affect our weather constantly throughout the winter. ...

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  • RA and Throat Closing/Choking

    I'm wondering if anyone has had their throat close up when eating certain minds of food? My throat has closed up creating much mucous and closing of my throat, and not being able to breath. There is little ability for my throat muscles to eject the food, as it closes shut, and not being able to breath,...

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  • Orencia as an alternative to TNF blockers

    I had liver complications from both Humira and Enbrel (more severe with Enbrel) so my doc is considering Orencia. She wants to wait until after I see the liver specialist which isn't until February.  For those on Orencia, how do you like it? Any liver issues? 

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  • Can Methotrexate lower your pressure?

    Hi All, I had my monthly checkup with my Rheumotologist today. I was diagnosed with RA about 4 months ago, an autoimmune about 7 months ago. It has been a difficult year I won't lie but i was feeling somewhat better the last month and a half. I was alittle surprised to see that i haven't...

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  • Rash while on a biologic

    Hi all, I am on Methotrexate ( 10 mg.) every week and Oriencia infusions every month.  I have been on MTX for 4 years and Oriencia for a little over a year.  Several months ago I noticed that my finger tips were starting to peel and my hands seemed to be extremely dry.  Then the next thing...

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  • Clarithomycin to treat. terrible bronchitis

    Hi, about a week ago I started with a small cough and a nose that runs 24/7. The doctor gave me Clarithromycin. At the present I am on Oriencia and MTX. , any way has. anybody experienced that taking that drug is starting to make my joints start to hurt. I have been lucky with drug as far as getting...

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  • NEW BENEPALI PEN

    Is anybody having problems with the new Benpali pen.  I have used four and three of them dont seem to work properly, when I remove pen after said time and second click all the liquid has not gone in and runs down my leg. I have reported this today, and was wondering if anybody else has the same...

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  • Waiting for results. Anyone else have onset symptoms similar?

    Hello everyone, I need some input.  My story: I have been waking up with pain in my pinky since late october. I was doing a lot so I didn’t think much of it. Then I had pain in my ankle and some stomach issues. A friend convinced me to test for celiac disease because I recently had a baby. It was...

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  • Xeljanx XR

    Anyone here taking Xeljanx XR? I had to stop taking it for 17 days due to eye infections. It seemed like the Xeljanx was really working but now I am in pain again and it's been over a month since I restarted it. Does anyone here have any experience with stopping and restarting Xeljanx?? I'm praying...

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  • RA and Trying for a baby

    Hi I am hoping to try for a baby in the next 4 months. I have RA RFactor Neg., Hypermobility, interactive thyroid and Pcos .I was on methotrexate and have come off it 2 months ago ...I want to be off it 6 months before trying .My question is I am in a lot of pain and recently had to take prednisone...

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  • Is nasal swelling a secondary Symptom

    Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum. I was diagnosed with Ra alittle over 6 months ago. This is when all my symptoms kicked in. Painful wrists, knuckles, knees and ankles. At first, I just couldn't get out of bed. This all came from septoplasty surgery in June of last year. Initially,...

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  • Benepali, cough, cold

    Hi, anyone on biologicals? do you stop taking them if you get a cough or cold ?, I'm on Benepali got a cough and cold so I missed a week cough cold seemed to be improving after about a week or so, so I started Benepali again now cough cold has come back, any views, thanks.

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  • can you share your first experience sign or flare from ra?

    hello, i would like to know and for those who are not yet sure or has not yet been diagnosed about your first sign or first flare from ra. it might help others to compare it and ask there gp or rheumatologist about their conditions. thanks to those who are willing to share

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