wow, what a fesh case huh? last week? wow. whe i was told i had RA, at age 16, the docs told me to ignore it! and i did! for 4 years! that it would probably lay dormant & not get bad till i was old. NOTHING COULD BE MORE THE OPPOSITE! so i know how you feel with being young yet. at age 19 the RA got very bad. i'm 24 now and it's disabling.
so...my sincere advise would be to stick with the hard meds! it is proven and shown that when caught and TREATED early with MTX and especially with the TNF meds like Enbrel and Humira....the destruction caused from RA is slowed better than with mono therapy alone.
it's good you're on pain management. you need it.
this RA came on this quickly? or have you been gradually getting symptoms over years?
the best way to get in remission is to be on the DMARDs and TNFs injections. i would definitely have a heart to heart with your doc about the possibility of starting a Enbrel or Humira med as an adjunct to MTX.
are you able to do at least some things for yourself or are you really contracted? how is walking, typing, eating, etc....?
what types of Xrays have you had? is there really bad joint deterioration yet?
when you feel up to it, please write back to let us know how you are doing.
i'm up all night too! it's awful. i'm very determined for this to go into remission one day, at least for a while to at least be able to work.
it really changes your life, especially when RA is not controllable and left untreated. keep the faith & stay strong! aggressive treatment is really wise to nip this in the bud if this is indeed a newly caught and early RA, because the right treatment can pave the way of the future for the path the disease takes.
this is so hard.
you're in the right place though! welcome to HealingWell & i hope you find a lot of support and guidance here.
the best to you!
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.