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My reactive arthiritis in my feet started last February and I know how horrible it is. I am unable to take MX due to other intestinal problems and they are trying to hold off on sulfasalazine due to me being allergic to many drugs and the fact I have so many other problems which brought about the reactive arthiritis. They gave me prednisone which really helped alot until I finished it and eventually the swelling returned although not to the extent it was before. I now take voltaren (which is horrible on the gut) but does tend to hold the swelling to tolerable limits and helps with the stiffness and pain. It took them until November to finally diagnose the problem and this was after seeing 5 different doctors, cat scan, mri and finally a bone scan. Sometimes I even wonder if the rheumatologist is sure what I have. I kinda think it is caused by some of the drugs I take because as I am trying to wean off them the swelling gets better but when forced to go back on it......it comes back. It is very frustrating. How are you handling the medicine? Any side effects?
I mostly find heat more comforting. However if I use cold for ten minutes and then heat it seems to help the swelling. I tried everything and it was not until he gave me the prednisone that any of the swelling got better. I have been very reluctant to try the other routes other than NAISD's due to the lowering of the immune system because the other condition that I have could escalate (although docs do not seem to agree) and I do not want to chance that. I already seem to attract every bug around! LOL The voltaren is definitely rough on my stomach to the point that I did not take it today and tomorrow will most likely be a bad one with pain. I am 56 years old and feel like I fell apart at 50 and can not find all the pieces! Geez, life is a real adventure at times.
[QUOTE=Grana;2749165]My reactive arthiritis in my feet started last February and I know how horrible it is. I am unable to take MX due to other intestinal problems and they are trying to hold off on sulfasalazine due to me being allergic to many drugs and the fact I have so many other problems which brought about the reactive arthiritis. They gave me prednisone which really helped alot until I finished it and eventually the swelling returned although not to the extent it was before. I now take voltaren (which is horrible on the gut) but does tend to hold the swelling to tolerable limits and helps with the stiffness and pain. It took them until November to finally diagnose the problem and this was after seeing 5 different doctors, cat scan, mri and finally a bone scan. Sometimes I even wonder if the rheumatologist is sure what I have. I kinda think it is caused by some of the drugs I take because as I am trying to wean off them the swelling gets better but when forced to go back on it......it comes back. It is very frustrating. How are you handling the medicine? Any side effects?


hello

do u know what triggered your ReA and what joints are affected
do u take some meds now?
hi
im glad u feel ok with sulfa and u dont have any side effectes.
what kind of cortisone u take tablets or injections? do u take prednisone?
do u cortisone with sulfa now or only sulfa?
did u cut diary products and meat ? r u vegy?

kind regards
Hi
I took cortisone tablets, starting with 4 per day for one week and reducing to 1 per day on the last week. By the time I had finished the cortisone the Sulfa tabs started to work. They do not work immediately. I started with 1 per day for a week, now up to 4 per day. The sulfa is the only tabs I take now. I have never taken prednisone. I have not changed my diet or follow any specific diet. I have never eaten much dairy or red meat but I do not think this will affect your arthritis unless you are overweight. I take fish oil tablets as recommened by my rheumy. I hope you feel better soon :)
[QUOTE=Shelby106;2781282]Hi
I took cortisone tablets, starting with 4 per day for one week and reducing to 1 per day on the last week. By the time I had finished the cortisone the Sulfa tabs started to work. They do not work immediately. I started with 1 per day for a week, now up to 4 per day. The sulfa is the only tabs I take now. I have never taken prednisone. I have not changed my diet or follow any specific diet. I have never eaten much dairy or red meat but I do not think this will affect your arthritis unless you are overweight. I take fish oil tablets as recommened by my rheumy. I hope you feel better soon :)

hi
would u like pls to tell me what kind of tests concluded that u have reactive arthritis? do u have ESR or C reactive protein level elevated?
u have arthritis only in feet ?
for how long do u suffer from ReA? and how long time was untreated until u where diagnosed.
regards
[QUOTE=Shelby106;2781282]Hi
I took cortisone tablets, starting with 4 per day for one week and reducing to 1 per day on the last week. By the time I had finished the cortisone the Sulfa tabs started to work. They do not work immediately. I started with 1 per day for a week, now up to 4 per day. The sulfa is the only tabs I take now. I have never taken prednisone. I have not changed my diet or follow any specific diet. I have never eaten much dairy or red meat but I do not think this will affect your arthritis unless you are overweight. I take fish oil tablets as recommened by my rheumy. I hope you feel better soon :)

hi
would u like to tell me pls did they find clamydia in urine or vaginal or just antibody in your blood. on my case they dont find clamydia just antibody in blood. pls reply is so important to know where they find yours.
they suggersted doxycicline but i think is too late after 2 years now my arthritis developed 1 year after infection. how about yours when did u find and after how long time was developing.
regards pls reply