howdy CT mom
you go get em'!!!!!!! you're on a good path so don't you worry.
and if 6 weeks goes by & YOU don't have "feeling better benefits" don't get discouraged about that either.
each person is an individual & what may take 1 person 6 weeks, may take another person 10 or 14.
you're doc sounds very level-headed...great!
it is best to go slow & thorough. do give these meds time before jumping off of them. off too soon when they may have just worked, and ya'd never know.
hang on in there.
i think the stiffness may ease once you reach a really good therapeutic level of meds...get the inflammation under control you know.
the fatigue may or may not fall into place. i mean, even if you're healthy/normal....everyone's fatigued in this day & age.
w/ RA and i'm sure you know...it feels like a debilitating fatigue sometimes.
like, "I gotta lay down or else I'll fall down!"
be sure that all your thyroid tests are OK, vitamin Bees ( ) and keep all your lab appt's to monitor for any deficiency that may make you fatigued or make it worse.
prednisone may help w/ the fatigue.
if you're in a lot of pain & it's an effort to do EVERYTHING...you'refatigued to the max....so here you're looking at getting pain & inflammation under control and then the fatigue may not be so bad.
like Yalin said...you'll get to really REALLY know your bod & what it's limits are.
if you're looking into "i need a lift/energy to get things going"...maybe look into some teas? ginger, green tea...run it past your doc about any supplements or vitamins/minerals you can possible add to "help"...trying it is worth a shot.
keep your chin up.
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
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