Hello to everyone,
I was diagnosedwith RA in March this year and have been taking methotrexate and celebrex since then. I am now taking 8 tablets of MTX per week and I am seeing my Rheumatologist on Friday for check-up.
When diagnosed my knees, wrists and hands were very swollen and hot - typical of activity in joints I was told. The heat has now gone out of my joints and for a while I was feeling a little better, but this past 2 weeks I appear to be having a bad flare, my joints are incredibly painful and stiff, to the point that I can barely walk, but the heat is not in the joints now, just the pain and very bad stiffness.
Is this a flare-up - I would have thought so, but where’s the heat gone ?
I have been fighting off a virus during this last 2 weeks and I know that my immune system has been compromised. It seems I have now fought off the chest virus, but have got the severe pain pain in joints again. Has anyone else suffered problems like this ?
I have donequite well on MTX, suffering some quite severe tiredness with it but not much else in way of side effects, except for very bad sensitivity to sun, (came out in severe rash which lasted for approx. 3 weeks) so I have been advised to wear sun block and stay out of sun (a bit like Dracula !) - I have to hide away, and have had to cancel my holiday to Greece this year.
Maybe someone can advise
best wishes - Lynda