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Newly diagnosed with RA - I am now on Methotrexate. Since starting, having intense upper back pain, constant for 2 weeks now.. is it normal?

I cannot sit well and breathing sometimes hurts. Never had this feeling in my life until I started the med. 3rd dose is supposed to be tomorrow but I am worried to keep taking this & have extra pain... the feeling is only getting worse :/

Any advice is welcomed!

tags: #methotrexate #Back Pain

posted about 4 hours ago by A myRAteam User

That is not a symptom I've heard of. I would definitely call your rheumy's office and tell them what's going on and do not take any more meds until you… read more

posted about 3 hours ago

Short term disability until meds kick in?

Hi -
I'm newly diagnosed with RA and I cannot believe how in 2 months time, how much it hurts to walk, get dressed, perform routine duties. I'm affected in my knees, 2nd toes, shoulders, and wrists. I am a pharmacist and work on my feet. I have severe knee swelling and Baker's cysts that need to be drained, but I cannot get in until the 26th to have that done. I'm supposed to start methotrexate therapy on Wednesday. I worked Friday night and all day saturday, and I have… read more

posted about 8 hours ago by A myRAteam User
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If you can take off, that is certainly an option. When I was first diagnosed I could hardly move - there were no joints not affected. I had a part time… read more

posted about 3 hours ago

new to methotrexate - looking for advice

Hi all -
I'll be starting Methotrexate on Wednesday at a low dose. Any tips for the nausea, fatigue? When do you take it - am or pm? How often do you do bloodwork to adjust dose. How long before it started working for you? Do you take Folic Acid with it? Do you take steroids with it?
Any advice appreciated!

posted about 8 hours ago by A myRAteam User
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I was started on steroids until I could get into see a rheumy. She added methotrexate to the mix and slowly increased the dosage. She gave me a… read more

posted about 3 hours ago

How to become more flexible?

Hi, I'm 18 years old and I've had ra since the age of 12. I have it in both hips and knees. Ever since I got it my flexibility has gotten worse (I can't ride a horse). I also have anteversion in my left hip. Recently in the last few months I've been severely less flexible (I can't spread my feet more then a foot from each other and I am barely to straighten my knees at times). The pain as well has been worse but I've been on the same medications as I have been on the last 4 years. I… read more

posted about 13 hours ago by A myRAteam User
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I second the pool suggeation. The warmer the water the better. Or at least take a hot shower or sit in a hot tub after a workout. You could looks for… read more

posted about 5 hours ago

Question about plequenil and methotrexate injections

Hi all,
I have been on plequenil twice a day for a year and have been doing once a week injections of methotrexate for 12 weeks now. The side effects are terrible. The doc has upped my folic acid a little but it doesn't seem to be helping. I am having flares really bad about every four or five weeks to where I have to go get depo shot and prednisone treatments. My labs seem to be getting better, however the pain is not. Any suggestions? I don't see my rheumy… read more

tags: #Rheumatology Rheumatoid Arthritis Joint Pain all time #methotrexate Interaction from drugs or plaquenil side effect

posted about 17 hours ago by A myRAteam User

I was on Methotrexate and prednisone and folic acid. I got off of those medications cold turkey. I didn't like the way that medication made me feel, I… read more

posted about 12 hours ago


I've been on Enbrel for 11 years and may need a change. My rheumy wants me to try Actemra, and I'm concerned about stomach tears as a side effect. Anyone have this side effect while using Actemra?

posted about 20 hours ago by A myRAteam User

How long did it take for you to get diagnosed?

I’ve had joint pain since February which isnt too long but my pain seems to be very gradual. I have not had pain to the point where I can not walk or go to work yet. My lab work is normal and my rheumatologist still thinks I have RA but says we will wait and see. Did anyone else have to wait for their labs to catch up or for their symptoms to get worse before getting diagnosed?

posted 1 day ago by A myRAteam User
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All the time one very swollen foot and leg

posted 1 day ago

I am wondering how many of you have developed RA after having breast implants?

I had reconstruction surgery with silicone breast implants after breast cancer in 2013. I started having joint pain and fatigue issues within a year or two, then was diagnosed with RA in January 2017. I am wanting to get the breast implants taken out now, but just wanted to post this question to see it there are others on here being diagnosed with RA after breast implants. Thanks!

tags: silicone breast implants

posted 2 days ago by A myRAteam User

I have not personally been in this situation, but I had a good friend that developed RA several years after getting implants. She was a prominent OB/GYN… read more

posted 17 minutes ago
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