had Iritis which is a very rare inflammatory eye infection, I've dealt with glaucoma for over 15 years, my eye specialist put me on steroid eye drops, it went away, when we tapered off of the steroids, it came back, so, at that point, she had me tested for autoimmune diseases, and RA and Lupus showed up. I have seen a rheumatologist, they want me to start methotrexate and folic acid. I have neuropathy from my waist down on both sides, I… read more
In my opinion, I’d say to treat the RA before it gets worse. It can get really bad & painful!
I am on methotrexate and folic acid and it seems to be working well. I was having trouble with fatigue but when my doc did blood test for vit D it was very low. I took prescribed vit D 50,000 units and after 3 months I have more energy than I need
Good point @A myRAteam Member....as the scientific studies do show that the RA patients that statistically have the best long term prognosis started treatment with a RA med within the first 8 weeks after their initial RA symptoms/diagnosis.
It’s one of the few things a NEW RA patient can actually do to positively effect their ultimate outcome.
It’s one reason I get a little sad when I hear a newly dx RA patient on here say their gonna try a”natural approach “ first before their rheumatologist recommended Rx. I understand the fear of RA med side effects that all new patients experience...but I hate seeing that small window of real long term benefit by starting a DMARD (if that’s their doctors recommendation) quickly be gone before they know it...and never being able to get that potential benefit decision back.
Of course, everyone should listen to their rheumatologists advice and recommendations before making any decisions on their specific treatment plan.
Just sharing my thoughts:
If you have RA, you need to take medication to slow down the progression of the disease, to help prevent further joint damage. Methotrexate and Folic acid are usually the first medications that people are given. The medication may not help with the fatigue but, as I said will help with slowing down joint damage and possibly prevent or delay other joints being affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis.
I had fatigue for years, then my hands started to hurt, so if my RA had been diagnosed when the fatigue first began (which of course doesn't happen) the damage to my hands would be less, now.
Watch out of the Sun. It can make your body feel more tired and achy and that's because of Lupus. Always watch your Creatinine level, lupus can attack it without any symptoms at all. I'm battling Lupus, and it's just a few months back when I get right diagnose and as of now my kidney are not doing great as of the moment. And take note, I'm just on 5mg of Prednisone and 200mg of Hydroxychloroquine plus 600Iu vit D everyday since July 2019. Talk about fast movement huh. Goodluck Sir.