Reactive Arthritis

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   Posted 4/21/2016 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I have Reactive Arthritis, diagnosed a few months ago... It has ruined my quality of life since my knees are so painful I can't walk or exercise. Gained 20 pounds in 3 months! I had tapered off 80 mg of Prozac and the ReA emerged. Doc says the anti-depressant was alleviating the symptoms. Not sure where to turn. I'm on Sulfasalzine, and not getting much relief, but have all the side effects.. constipation, bloating, itchy rash, bloodshot eyes. Anyone having these issues I could talk to?
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   Posted 4/21/2016 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Certain antidepressants can help ease pains. My paxil helps me.

If your knees hurt too much to walk or move you can do chair exercises to help weight loss.

I've never taken sulfasalazine because I'm allergic to it.
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   Posted 5/6/2016 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Your story sounds very similar to mine, I've also been put on Sulfasalazine, however I'm not experiencing any of the side affects you've described. My consultant said the meds have to be stopped if you experience side affects, have you let your doctor know? My problem is also in my knees, this makes exercise incredibly difficult. I had several steroid injections directly into my knees, they worked brilliantly, until they didn't any more. I've now been put on oral steroids and they've improved my mobility massively, while my knees are less sore I've started physio to help with mobility and strength. The physio said the best time to do this is two weeks into the steroids, I only have 2 weeks left on them as they are really bad for you in the long term, so hopefully I've improved my strength and fitness enough to still be mobile once I'm off the steroids. I used to go to the gym 5-7 times a week, run, swim, hike, etc frequently, so having my fitness/mobility taken from me is devastating, so I totally understand how you feel when you say about quality of life. My GP also upped my dose of sulfasalazine from 4 to 6 tablets a day as they weren't having much of an effect. However he said as I'm only 24 and healthy otherwise, I should be able to lower the dose once it's all under control. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions I can help with :)

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   Posted 5/8/2016 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I have ankylosing spondylitis which is similar to ReA. If the sulfasalazine is giving you side effects and you are not getting any relief, your rheumatologist needs to prescribe a different medication. There are other DMARDs the doctor could try. After that the next classification of meds are the biologics.

Time to have a chat with your rheumy....
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   Posted 5/9/2016 12:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the HW forum. I'm sorry you are here, but hopefully you can find answers and a common bond that will help you through this. When I first contracted RA, my knees were so bad I couldn't walk and so painful I couldn't sleep. I had always been very active and it was devastating. Eventually I got on Humira and returned to an almost normal exercise routine. WHen I began my PT, and resumed exercise, I found hot packs prior to exercise really helped.
I hope you get some meds that work and don't have bad SEs.
Good luck, Beth
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