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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 methimazole to treat hyperthyroidism.
She had total knee replacement surgery in 2008 for right knee and in 2017 for left knee.
Other than mild bilateral wrist pain she is in good health. No other RA symptoms.
She is 66 years old,does regularly yoga and stretching exercise.
Dr is suggesting methotrexate 10mg once a week to start with,increase to 20mg down the road along with Biologicals.
I am retired pharmacist by the way. Our daughter is physician and strongly suggest to start methotrexate to minimize damage.
Myself and my wife are very reluctant to start such a strong medications.
Any suggestion and inputs will be greatly appreciated.
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