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Switching Drs/Winnipeg

Switching Drs/Winnipeg

After seeing my Rheumatologist a couple of weeks ago my GP suggested I should think about switching because he is so hard to get an appointment with. I had a flare up that was horrible and couldnt see him before my next regular check up which was 6 weeks away. Thankfully by then things had gone back to “normal”, unfortunately he took me off the anti inflammatory (just on methotrexate and plaquenil now) because no matter how i was feeling the blood work showed i was ok.
Wondering if… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

Yes I also see Dr McCarthy, i see him every 4 - 5 months depending on whats available. I guess i need to start using my GP who is young, very open to… read more

posted 5 days ago
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Has anyone taken Doxycycline for RA? What was your experience with it?

Has anyone taken Doxycycline for RA? What was your experience with it?

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A myRAteam Member said:

Jarme, I agree with you but there have been studies saying people have found relief from Rheumatoid by using Doxycycline. I was so desperate I begged my… read more

posted 5 days ago
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Random question but does anyone deal with warts???

Random question but does anyone deal with warts???

I have read that anyone with an autoimmune disorder has lower wbc which is harder to fight off infections or viruses. Since warts are viral, it kind of makes sense. I have several on my hands and they are a nuisance! Does anyone else deal with this??

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A myRAteam Member said:

If you see a dermatologist they will be able to treat the warts by freezing them (painless). The warts will form a scab and in about 4-6 weeks they will… read more

posted 5 days ago
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Is lactose intolerance part of RA too?

Is lactose intolerance part of RA too?

Several years ago I became lactose intolerant for about 6- 9 months, nothing major, just uncomfortable and then it went away. We assumed it was some type of virus or bacteria. I have been taking methotrexate for several months now and I find milk is starting to bug me again. Not sure if it's related to the RA or not.

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A myRAteam Member said:

I have had the same experience. Off and on with the lactose. Love almond milk. Have had good luck with the lactate pills when I really want cheese or… read more

posted 4 days ago
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Ankylosing spondylitis anyone? drop some tips and wisdom for your girl here :(

Ankylosing spondylitis anyone? drop some tips and wisdom for your girl here :(

Hi! I am a 19yo female and began suffering from moderate back pain about 4 years ago. The pain continued getting worse and worse and the only thing my family doctor would do was get an x ray which showed nothing and putting me on some anti-inflammatories which also did nothing. I am pretty active and regularly work out. I developed severe shin splints about 4 years ago and to this day, they just get worse despite the fact that I stay away… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

Juice parsley it might help

posted about 12 hours ago
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Anyone ever needed cortisone injection for knee pain? I never had one but my knee is engorged.

Anyone ever needed cortisone injection for knee pain? I never had one but my knee is engorged.

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A myRAteam Member said:

My is injected with a gel. My kneecap is stapled together. It was fractured. So about every six to 12 months. I do it in 3 injections. They put my knee… read more

posted 4 days ago
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Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity

Does anyone else have hypersensitivity to things like noises being too loud or patterns being too busy, resulting in headaches?

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A myRAteam Member said:

I found that taking plaquenil made me very sensitive to noise. May check the side effects of the Meds you are on. I hope you feel better

posted 6 days ago
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Neurological Issues?

Neurological Issues?

Does anyone else have neurological issues? It is kind of hard to explain, but I often feel like I am standing on a floor that is bouncing up and down, but it feels more like the inside of my head is bouncing up and down?? I see a neurologist in a couple weeks, but am not sure my description is going to make sense.

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A myRAteam Member said:

Thanks... I found this and I think this is what I am dealing with. One article said it is an unknown condition by many doctors. :( I plan to ask my… read more

posted 11 days ago
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Do any Medicare supplemental prescription plans cover RA biologic drugs?

Do any Medicare supplemental prescription plans cover RA biologic drugs?

My husband will be retiring and I will be losing his commercial insurance which has covered the biologic drugs that I have taken. Currently, I am using Xeljanz. I have Medicare and will now need to add a prescription plan. I have seen some posts that mention that Medicare will not cover these medications but will any of the supplemental plans cover them?

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A myRAteam Member said:

Call HUMIRA. Go to humira.com and call them for insurance advice.

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