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On my 52nd birthday I was diagnosed with RA, with very high inflamation markers. At that point I had been in unbearable muscle pain and was taking 1200mg of ibuprophen in order to function. I was given prednisone to calm the inflamation and when I finally saw the rheumatologist, she put me on methotrexate, sulfasalazine, folic acid, plaquenil, zantac. she weaned me off the prednisone, (thank God, it messes with my moods).
3 months later the inflamation was going down some but it was still high so she added the dose for sulfasalazine and methotrexate but the methotrexate was now an injection, (l hate needles). All that has not reduced the aches and pains and flare ups.
My frustration is from not being able to talk to my doctor when I have concerns. My knee swelled up and when I called, she put me on prednisone. 1've tried inquiring about a second opinion and they want to know why.
Is this what to expect from living with RA. Pain, meds and no answers.
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