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Hi Everyone,
As a little background before I ask my question:
In my early 20s, after suffering from achy joints, and recieving a postive RF test, I was sent to see a rheumatologist. I was followed every 6 months for a couple of years but nothing seemed to develop further. In my late 20's I began to have swelling and pain in my wrists. Another RF test came back positive, but xrays were negative. My GP (I had moved to a new city) put me on DayPro (can't remember the generic name), which I took for a few weeks, but went off while trying to get pregnant. In the years that followed, I would have flare-ups, every 18 months or so, in my wrists. I was so busy with babies, that I never bothered to go to the doctor about it, and a flare up would last about a month or so. During those times, I would keep my wrists wrapped up, as any kind of movement was excruciating. I also develloped nodules on the inside of my wrists.
Now I am in my mid-30's and after 6 months of extreme stiffness in all my muscles and joints (stiffness would happen if I sat down for even 2 minutes) I went to my doctor (my old GP has retired). This doctor ran all the usual tests, SedRate, RF, CRP, ANA. Everything came back normal. She says that it could still be RA, despite the negative RF this time, and despite the fact that no joints are swollen. I have tried tylenol, advil, muscle relaxants, but nothing even touches the stiffness. I have tried walking, and stretching, as a form of exercise, but still no better. The doctor wanted to prescribe Celebrex, but the pharmacist wouldn't fill the prescription since I am allergic to sulfa drugs,so the doctor switched it to meloxicam (mobic). I started yesterday. I am on 7.5mg twice a day. I was told that if this helps, wait a week, and then cut down to 7.5mg once a day. She wanted to refer me to a rheumatologist, but I wanted to wait and see if this drug works.
OK, so here are my questions (thanks for reading this far;))
1. How long does it take for this drug to start working? does it need to build up in the system first? I have taken 4 doses so far, and haven't noticed a thing.
2. Can I take advil along with this? I suffer from sinus headaches, and usually take Advil Cold and Sinus.
Thanks for any replies!