Im new here.. and would like some suggestions on effective medication for RA. Particularly thatis gentle on the stomache??
Im sensitive to anything containing asprin
Im currently taking meloxicam and still pain (3 times a day) but no relief
The best help would be from a rheumatoligist. Someone who can diagnose you symptom.
I agree, the best help at this stage is a rheumatologist as they can assess your level of inflammation via blood tests , prescribe medication but also monitor how the medicines affect you specifically and change meds or adjust dosage if necessary , safer than self .prescribing
Your Rheumatologist should be able to recommend some medications. I've been on Cimzia which is in the form of a shot and it's worked great for me the past 5 years. After some needed surgeries, I don't take any painkillers anymore
Meloxicam is just an anti-inflammatory. Sounds like you need to get a rheumy who is going to treat you for RA. Usually start with a steroid (prednisone is the norm but I suggest Medrol - less side effects) then methotrexate can be added. if those done't work a biologic of some kind can be added and the steroid deleted. If you've just been diagnosed, it can take awwhile for med to work and/or for the rheumy to find the right "cocktail" that gets you out of pain, under control and functional. Talk to your rheumy