Hello everyone....I am 51 years old and was just diagnosed with seronegative RA. I haven't felt "good" for about 3 years off and on with just malaise, flu-feeling one day and better the next, achy here and there, ache when weather changes, etc. and just chalked it up to getting older. Then, my first swelling and inflammation problem started in my middle knuckle of ring fingers first on the left hand and then 9 months later the right hand that has left a very small pea-size nodule on side of knuckle. Progressed to pain in all fingers with no swelling. When I went for my annual physical in August of this year, my doctor sent me for hand x-rays and blood work. X-rays showed signs of inflammatory process such as rheumatoid and also osteoporosis (which I knew I have in my spine and osteopenia in hips). Went to rheumatologist from there. Rheumatologist gave me prednisone 15 mg a day plus Relafen 1500 mg a day until my blood work came back to see if it was okay to start me on MTX. I felt better in just a couple days on those meds. I took my first dose four days ago of 10 mg MTX and he cut my prednisone back to 10 mg a day and Relafen as needed. Taking 1 mg of folic acid daily, as well. But now I am hurting again. I have "bee sting" type pains in my knuckles and now also in my feet/toes. Even bottom of my heel hurts. Tonight, all of a sudden I experienced total weakness in my arms and legs and my neck made my head feel like it was too heavy to hold up. I feel like I am wearing concrete boots and my coffee cup feels like it weighs 50 pounds. Is this a normal part of RA or is this a side effect of the MTX? I have so many questions I would like to ask of how everyone feels. I do thank you all for the "Real World" discussion!! I have many of those symptoms listed including brain fog even before starting on any meds. I'm lucky and work at home as a medical transcriptionist but there are days it hurts sooo bad to type. Can you all share with me how your RA started and a description of what your pain feels like?
Posts You May Be Interested In