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Swelling

Swelling

Both knees swollen for several days now and it’s hard to walk , any suggestions to get the swelling down ?

A myRAteam Member said:

I use ice packs.

posted about 1 hour ago

With my blood work was 200 normal is 1 though 13

With my blood work was 200 normal is 1 though 13

why I was in the hospital I had told him about the pain I was having and they did I arthritis blood level check and they say the blood work through arthritis is 1 through 13 mine was a 200 very bad arthritis is measured on a scale one from 13 mine was blood work with 200 which was very bad do you agree

A myRAteam Member said:

Lisa,
Best to go over the bloodwork with your Rheumatologist.
When I was diagnosed, my readings were way off the chart, which meant it was very… read more

posted about 15 hours ago

Biotin dose when taking methotrexate

Biotin dose when taking methotrexate

I just started taking methotrexate last week; 6 pills one time weekly and 1 mg Folic Acid daily except on methotrexate day. I have read that I should also be taking vitamin B-12 and biotin. Can anybody out there please tell me what is both a safe and effective dose to prevent hair loss? Thank you.

A myRAteam Member said:

@A myRAteam Member I have not been on methotrexate but been on plaquenil for months. My hair started to thin out so I started taking Biotin on my own.… read more

posted about 1 hour ago

Why: attack of a rapid heart rate, 80 to 85, yet bp is fine.

Why: attack of a rapid heart rate, 80 to 85, yet bp is fine.

I can be resting, napping, or just tapping my computer when my heart rate suddenly increases ranging 83 to 88. It does a dbl beat, intermittently, during this and I can feel it in my temples. My bp is controlled and no pain is intense at the time. It will subside after 15 to 30 minutes. Any idea what causes this?

A myRAteam Member said:

Thank you both, no chocolate, but I realized I may be taking in to much sugar. One cookie, warm milk and honey!

posted about 21 hours ago

Does anyone here have RA -as well as diabetes please!

Does anyone here have RA -as well as diabetes please!

A myRAteam Member said:

sorry wasn't finished and got interrupted, if you are predisposed to diabetes II, it will stay, you can get it under control with diet, weight loss, and… read more

posted about 2 hours ago

Does anyone have tips for running with RA?

Does anyone have tips for running with RA?

I run cross country/track and want to get back to my original times before RA.

A myRAteam Member said:

Something to be said of the old school cinder tracks

edited, originally posted about 1 hour ago

When can one stop taking biologic drugs, it they have been successful?

When can one stop taking biologic drugs, it they have been successful?

My RA has responded very well to treatment with biologics (originally Humira, now Cimzia), and in fact I haven't had any significant inflammation for 6 years. My rheumatologist does not want to stop the treatment because (1) if the inflammation returns, it will take 2-3 months for a biologic to resume its effectiveness, and (2) I have permanent joint deformities from earlier when the RA was not under control. On the other hand, I don't want to… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

Good point about one's age (I am now 64.) The problem with continually taking biologics is that you won't know if you have "aged out" of RA. I also feel… read more

posted 5 days ago

Aralen

Aralen

need to start taking a 2nd med to help with RA. taking methotrexate, but it is not doing the job enough, any suggestions as to what else can be taken

A myRAteam Member said:

Yes i found that. It was also giving me skin sores. Doc has stopped methatricsat and put me on months suply of steroids Started on six next week four… read more

posted 2 days ago

What other comorbities /side effects have others had with RA?

What other comorbities /side effects have others had with RA?

Since being diagnosed, I’ve had rotator cuff repair, tibial tendon repair x 2 on the same ankle, a tear in my labrum on my hip which was repaired this past May, but now i need a hip replacement. I’m only 51. Should i expect many more surgeries?
I also had a subarachnoid bleed and stroke that the doctors tell me isn’t related. I’m afraid of my future and just wondering what others have gone through

A myRAteam Member said:

We should all be on a beach! The RA beach!

posted 5 days ago
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