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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 12/18/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, I am new here, diagnosed with RA in July this year, but symptoms for around 2 years.  Am currently on methotrexate at 15mg, which doesnt work, now been 5 months, so dont think it will, but rheumy just says to wait and see.  Also on tramadol 100mg and   paracetemol.  Also being tested for lupus/mixed connective tissue disease.Have chronic pain in feet, hands wrists shoulder and neck.  My GP has just started me on amtitriptyline to help me sleep, as the pain keeps me awake at night with hips and neck and shoulder.  I also have sjogren's.
My next appt is not until 5th March, so quite a wait. 
I still work full time caring for 2 babies, aged 16mths and 19mths.  I enjoy it,but its getting really hard, the parents know my problems, and are happy for the time being.  I dont know how much longer I can continue though, especially if the pain doesnt get controlled.  The weather makesit worse, its cold and we have had some snow (I live in UK - London)
Wishing everyone a very happy holiday, and a pain free time x smilewinkgrin

keep the faith
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 91
   Posted 12/18/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I am new here too as of November.  My RA was diagnosed and meds started about October. I  also went from 3 mtx gradually to 6 mtx last week 15mg mtx  total and 5 mg prednisone.  I 'm not sure it is working either but like your rhuemy mine says wait and see. It does take time.  My pain is mostly in my hands so I know it is early but I do worry about the damage. I have so much swelling. he has me on 50 mg tramadol for pain  but it doesn't last . I will have to ask him to kick it up. Most afternoons I feel pretty good. It's the mornings!!!
To all of you out there I read all every day on RA and chronic pain site and I cry sometimes at the pain and suffering you go through as I am not as young as most of you for just acquiring this disease and not suffering as much. All of you actually keep me going and hopeful that I can cope down the line as you do.
Happy holidays to all.
keep the faith
diagnosed RA fall 2009

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 1670
   Posted 12/18/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mariette and keeping the faith, Often the meds take 3 months to kick in but if its not working I'd go back to your GP and ask to have an earlier rheumy appt. They could add in another med like sulphursolasine or plaquenil that may give the mtx the extra boost and you need to be on them 3 months to feel the difference. I hate the waiting game of RA too.

Its the most frustrating thing about this disease that there is no easy cure. The biological meds are abit of a miracle cure but to qualify you need to have failed the others, so its a waiting game unfortunately.

But come and rant anytime, hot showers help in the mornings for me. Plus sometimes I shuffle around the block sort of get the joints moving and they start to loosen up. Hot packs are wonderful, heat them up in the microwave and ease a particular stiff joint. Snow must be beautiful but not easy for you. Lots of layers over joints help too in the cold, sort of insulate them.

Hope some of this helps, best wishes, golitho

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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1354
   Posted 12/18/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Mariette and keep the faithsmilewinkgrin
I agree with golitho in regards to waiting for the meds to kick in - it took nearly 6 months for the MTX to kick in for merolleyes
The mornings have always been the worst for me, so its hot showers and heatpads to get me moving.
Mariette - thats a long wait for your next appt. I hope you can last till then. And looking after young ones when you are in pain cant be fun - you are doing wellsmile
keep the faith - mornings can sometimes suck for me - so hard to even get out of bed, but once I get going I try not to stop so I dont seize-up. Maybe give the MTX a few more months and see if it starts to kick in - otherwise I would discuss other options with your Rheumy, no need to be in pain constantly.
I hope you both keep posting, its nice to vent and catch-up with people who know how you feeltongue
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