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Old 04-29-2010, 10:30 AM   #1
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dr's advise on RA help please

Hi everyone

Looking for advise or experiences. I have just been diagnosed with RA.

GP sending me back to rheumy for treatment plan. I have been on Arthrotec NSAID for 6 weeks now and still not feeling any better. Joint stiffness and pain in both hands and fingers and left wrist. Also all toes where they join the foot. I started feeling problems in my hands last Nov. Question is I am very sensitive to drugs (always have different side effects) So of course I don't like taking any. Has anyone out there just cont. with anti-inflamatories only and not went on to those DMARDs that I read about and were just fine? Or will that only spell disaster for the worse pain or joint deformity? I want to know if he prescribes predisone etc. can I turn it down or will I only damage myself worse?

Please give me your thoughts or experiences.

Thanks in advance

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Old 05-06-2010, 08:15 PM   #2
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Re: dr's advise on RA help please


I've had RA now for 11 years, I'm doing well with it thanks to mtx and not a severe case.

You must be on a DMARD or a biologic (most still add a DMARD in addition), I know you don't want to but the sooner you accept it, the better and the earlier you get on one the better, this is a proven fact. I avoid pred if at all possible, the side effects are terrible. There will be times that you have to take a steroid but I keep those to the absolute minimum.

Good Luck.

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