Posted 8/23/2021 8:38 PM (GMT -6)
My joint health issues started mid July 2021 and pcp says recent bloodwork are pointing to rheumatoid arthritis. I dont know what to expect with all this, feeling sad and scared. I wont have RA specialist appointment until Spring 2022 to officially confirm. UC since 2004.
My pcp has prescribed steroids (start 20mg per day for 14 days and weekly taper) and 200 mg plaquenil (1x/d) about 10 days ago, of which I have not taken yet. It will be a long winter.
I am familiar with steroids but not plaquenil. Am scouring the internet about plaquenil side effects and about RA and it scares me. 🥺 😢 Says it is not good for bowel diseases.
If there are other medications, I would appreciate info.
I hope there is a cure one day for all 😇