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I wrote on here suffering from severe pain around three weeks ago. I ended up speaking to my doctor who prescribed anti-inflammatory tablets and strong pain killers. I came off the additional medications a few days ago, as the pain seemed to be easing and I didn't think I should be taking them long term; I am still taking Hydroxichloroquine daily
While the pain is not as severe, I have ongoing stabbing pain in my shoulders and hands. This wakes me up during the night and they are particularly sore / stiff in the morning, which lessens slightly throughout the day but doesn't disappear.
My question is (as I am still relatively new to RA) when these symptoms appear, should I go to the doctor or try to manage them myself? Should I continue taking the anti-inflammatory tablets and painkillers, even if it means being on them for weeks at a time? I feel really in the dark here.
Any advice gratefully received!
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