Hi Christina, I agree with Sjkly I would drive to see the sympathetic rheumy. Its such a horrible disease you need a caring person to take you seriously and answer all queries. I love my rheumy, she is so wonderful, listens to all my concerns and will sympathise when I'm flaring, always reassures me we will find relief together. I don't feel alone plus she includes my other specialists in her treatment plans so everyone knows whats going on, she's brilliant.
Ellis I tried vitamin and mineral supplements initally they worked for me too, but now are not enough, though I still take them. If they work for you thats great. Long may it last.
I doubt its the meds causing pain, my rheumy also looks for nodules on the joints as well as inflammation. It lets them know whether its osteoarthritis or rheumatoid, she keeps an eye on the swelling, to check if my current level of meds is working enough. If you are too swollen it can damage the joint permanently and thats what she is trying to assess. Hope that helps
Don't get me wrong, The rheumy that I have is a good person, and I am sure that she is a decient Dr, but I don't think that she is right for me. Now all I have to do is pluck up the courage to go do what it takes to switch Drs.