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Hi, I'm new to the forum but am keen to find out some other people's experiences to try and reassure that all this is "normal!" I'm 37 and I've recently been diagnosed with RA following severe foot pain (thought it was gout at first so ignored it for months!). I've been on Hydroxychloroquine 400mg daily for 1 month, and am taking up to 3 acematin tablets daily as well as paracetamol when it gets bad. I had a steroid injection about 6wks ago when the pain got so bad I was struggling to walk - worked like a miracle!. I have now felt pain returning in my knees and am a little lost whether I should take a suggested 30mg course of oral steroids (prednisole) at this point or wait. A Dr gave them to me them last week as Im going on my hols next week, and expressed worry about suffering pain. I've just been informed I need a blood test check up (which the past 2 Drs failed to advise would be coming up - they said I would have bloods taken at next Rheomatologist appointment in 6wks time) At what stage should I start with the steroids - when it gets worse, or as a preventative now I can feel aches and pains resurfacing? I already feel quite drugged up to the max! Know I should probably go back to the Drs - sick of the sight of them at the moment to be honest, and don't want to be a drama queen! Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks
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