I have Rhuematoid Arthritis. I have been on many different, and equally ineffective, medications for some time now. The only one that works is prednisone. I will be starting a biologic drug (Simponi) in a couple of months. In the meantime, I'm just taking prednisone and naproxen (stopped taking methotrexate and sulfasalazine as they made me feel extremely sick and weren't having an effect on the arthritis). My rhuematologist said if I start to lose function in my wrists that she will give me another shot of cortisone, but we're both only going to do that as a last resort, since I've already had 3 this year. Anyway, my question is: Does anyone here know anything/have any experiences with taking black cohosh as an anti-inflammatory?
I'd like to try and hold off having another cortisone shot for as long as I can. Right now the pain is manageable, but my workload at work is going to increase through november/december so it may be inevitable. I'm looking for something I can take for the inflammation since that really is the main source of the pain and loss of function in my wrists.
Any help will be appreciated! Right now I have a couple bottles of black cohosh on hold at my pharmacy.
(mods, I wasn't sure which board this would be more appropriate for, this one or the arthritis board, please move it if it's more appropriate elsewhere