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So I was very leary about going on this drug for my RA, but I gave in and started taking it. I wanted to update you on how it's going and let you know any side effects since I know there are new users out here every day wanting more information.
I've been taking it for just over 6 weeks now. I have to admit, the aching in my feet has gone down considerably. No more waking up and barely being able to walk! That's a positive for sure. It took longer to start feeling it work on other parts of my body, like my knees, but slowly they are feeling a little better as well.
I have not had any bad side effects. No nausea, no diarrhea (just extremely 'regular' for the first several weeks), no clumps of hair falling out or any of the other major issues that seem to affect some people.
I have definitely lost a few pounds and am able to eat more without gaining weight (which I won't complain about). I think I read that this med can rev up your metabolism, so that might be why. Again, you won't see me complaining about that side effect!
That said, I have now had 3 horrible flare ups since taking this medication in my hands and wrists. Three in just 5 weeks time. Normally I'd get a flare up maybe once every 4 months or so. Is it the med? Maybe stress? It's just odd that they started the same time I started the medication.
I see my Rheumatologist in January for a follow up. I have had 1 blood workup done and everything came back normal.
So for a recap, am I glad I started taking the med? I think so. Not having the awful foot pain is a big plus. But I am definitely wondering about the 3 bad hand/wrist flare ups in just 5 weeks.
I'll keep taking it and hope that it starts helping the other areas of my body, specifically my hands and wrists.
Take care everyone!
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