I wish you better days! Has your rheumy considered Humira, Enbrel or Remicade? I started taking the methotrexate about 2-3 mos ago. It helps but still in daily pain and limited. I took my first inj of Humira two weeks ago I noticed the swelling was less. I take my next one on Monday.
It is hard not to stress over our conditions, but try not to as much as you can so it doesn't make it worst.
Take care of you and hope you start feeling some relieve.
Thanks for the reply,
I try real hard not to stress,but then there are limitations. I work in the health care field with alot of elderly people and I see what the aging process of this disease does to people. So yea I am worried about the effects later on in life. I am not the healthies person and worry alot about the meds I take and the amount of them.
Sorry to hear you're having such a hard time. Tee has a point. Has your doctor considered any of the biologics (enbrel, humira, remicade, and a whole host of new ones that have recently been FDA approved)?
Since you're already taking mtx, if you added, for example, enbrel, that might make a world of difference. My rheumy put me directly on the biologics without doing mtx, but only because of the pregnancy issues with mtx. Enbrel isn't working completely for me, but is helping a bit. I may be adding mtx next week. The combination of those two drugs, in particular, are noted as being very effective. But you could use any combination you and your doctor wanted.
By the way, I took Relafen for my first year after dx. It worked pretty well at first, but I ended up with some nasty ulcers in my colon as a result. I may just be a bit different than most, but you really need to be careful with the NSAIDS.
It sounds like you are really in bad shape right now. Ask your doctors about adding a biologic to the mtx. In the meantime, you might ask about taking prednisone to keep the swelling and inflammation down until your mtx kicks in and does what it's supposed to do.
Erin, Thanks for the support. 16 is so young to develop the disease,bit its there. i had one dr. say "You have no RA factor showing up". then a few months later they were flabergasted that the norm is usually 90% and mine was 167%. WOW what a shock they could not beleive I could still walk and function. I was a waitress for 3 yrs. and I dont know how I did it. But I am going to ask the Dr. to give me some thing else hopefully it will work. Thanks so much to those of you that have replied I reallly appreciate it..