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After browsing through some of the posts here I’m questioning the Rheumatologist’s diagnosis of RA. My wrists are incredibly painful as is my neck and left thumb along with elbow, upper arms and ribs to a lesser extent. Since starting on MTX a week ago the pain in all those areas has increased markedly so I’m reluctant to increase the MTX dose from 10mgs to 15mgs on Monday.
I have no swelling, no joint pain on touch (aside from the thumb which has been troublesome for years), no redness and until I started on MTX had no fatigue. From memory my last blood screen some months ago picked up no markers for RA either, I’ve since had another blood test but won’t know the results until my next appointment a month away.
Since the first symptoms appeared my life has changed dramatically: I can np longer engage in my favourite pursuits and am linited to sitting around all day, reading the paper, watching TV or tapping on a keyboard, any activity/exercise sees a marked increase in pain.
I’d like to know of others experiences as I simply don’t have the confidence in the medical fraternity that I once had, I feel they are just playing guessing games at the expense of my health!
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