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swami7774
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   Posted 2/15/2017 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with RA 3 months ago. Since then I've been on Methotrexate and Prednisone. Currently am in the process of phasing out Pred(am down to 2.5MG per day).
Advil really seems to help occasional flare-ups. Am I risking anything by taking it?

graygirl
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   Posted 2/17/2017 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the RA board

couchtater
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   Posted 2/17/2017 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are following the dosage correctly then you should be okay. My rheumatologist decide to put me on one to two pills a day as needed of tramadol. It does a good job for me.
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   Posted 2/18/2017 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi swami and welcome to HW. Good job on the prednisone reduction. I have to increase mine when I get flares. I sure wish NSAIDs would do the trick. I take Aleve every morning to keep things in check and so far it hasn't given me any problems at all. Keep posting. It's nice to have new voices here. wink
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   Posted 2/19/2017 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
hi swami and welcome aboard.

I have had RA for 25 years now and used to take a lot of ibuprofren to help me make it through the work day. I would just caution you to follow directions with it, eat something before you take it and don't rely too heavily on it in lieu of other avenues with your Doctor.

I eventually developed problems in my gut due to taking it and can no longer use it at all now. sad A bummer for me because it was one of the short acting drugs that actually helped.

Hang in there with the tapering off of Pred. The last few MG's can take a while to break free from and you might see some flare ups when you lower your dose. I still use it for bad flares but only for short time spans because it really messed me up with side effects.

-Don

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   Posted 2/19/2017 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Whoops double tap!

Sibana
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   Posted 4/9/2017 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with RA about 8 months ago I'm on 10 mg Methotrexate a week and 5 mg Folic Acid Was doing ok except for the last month and a half seem to keep getting flare ups as soon as I stop taking Prednisone then a couple of days later something else flares. Also have a sore throat on the left side when I swallow at the moment .. anyone else experience that ?

msOuchie
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   Posted 4/9/2017 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HW Swami. Sorry that you were dxd. with RA though.
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msOuchie
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   Posted 4/9/2017 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sibana:

Welcome to HealingWell. That's too bad that you are flaring. That's not unusual when weaning off of Prednisone. I've had that pain on the left of my throat also. It feels like a lump. I haven't had it for 3 months now and I always forget to to ask a Dr. what it is since the pain only occurs on days when I am at home.

You should make your own Topic by clicking on Post New Topic, at the left of the page near the top. Then people can answer your questions.
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Hypounawareness - secondary Raynauds - Osteoarthritis - Dry Eye - other stuff

Coversyl Plus - Pantoloc(irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indocid - Morphine ER - Morphine IR - Salbutamol - Prednisone - Humalog - MTX(injectable) - Folic Acid - Tylenol ES - Tears Naturelle II - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - Nabilone - Lipitor - Cod Capsules

BadDay
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   Posted 4/9/2017 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi swami7774
and Welcome to the Site we all hope you make friends here that can help you along your RA Path there are many people here with different views and types of RA also other immune diseases so between them you should find information and support
it is good you are tapering off the Prednisone as it is not a good thing long term My Doctor calls it the Devils Drug, yes it offers good times but it asks a lot in repayment
I have been on it for approx. 30yrs and Boy have I paid the price moon face Osteoporosis,Teeth removed along with other things possibly related to it or related to my RA are Heart Disease & Diabetes and Because I have been on it so long and was on High doses 40mg day I can Never stop taking it I have gotten down to 7.5mg per day but often increase that to 25mg then struggle to get back to the 7.5 So for sure Try to get off it Early
if you can try to get into a rehab place or at least to an occupational therapist I did this early on and while I thought at the time hmm I wont need this or that Believe me I am glad I went because what I learnt there I use now

you will need pain relief and if you can try things like acupuncture or tens or other non medications for as long as you can it will help as a lot of drugs like ibuprofen, aspirin or naiads can effect the kidneys long term
or the codeine type are addictive
I use OxyContin now as I am allergic to nsaids and aspirin types but did try my best for years to only take low doses as I knew the day would come when I needed higher dose and didn't want to be stuck where nothing worked
take care & hope to see you in posts
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on; Methotrexate , Arava , Endone, Targin 20mg (oxycontin) , Prednisone, Metforman(Diabex) , Tambocor. Oxygen & Cpap, Prolia Injection ,Lyrica

Post Edited (BadDay) : 4/9/2017 8:48:14 PM (GMT-6)


Bstrong
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   Posted 4/10/2017 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

Sorry to hear that. You will find a lot of information here but don't focus only on medications and side effects, you may find help in anti inflammatory diets. Do your own research. As you are in early stages I would recommend food sensitivity testing to see what foods you may be sensitive to and which one to eliminate - Naturopath Doctor will help here.

Good luck and stay strong!
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