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Hello from Balletmum

Hi All, I'm new to this forum . Suffered from joint pain for many years , blood work normal but after a prolonged bout of feeling very unwell with fatigue and joint pain and rash have still normal blood work but positive AnA . Due to see consultant in September .

Have just had a time in hospital with pleurisy and severe asthma( first time for big attack ) . On steroids now to my delight the joint pain is going and so is the swelling in hands and feet (X-rays showed wear and tear arthritis ) .

I'm 45 ,and in England .

Not sure what the consultant will make of the steroids helping joint pain but I'm very unsure as to what they may say .My question is should I tell him that the steroids helped the joints as well as the lungs? Or will they dismiss it ?

Kind regards ,

Becky .

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Hi Becky,

They seem to use steroids for both osteoarthritis and lung problems. I have had a steroid injection in my hip, and my husband who suffered from COPD was on and off steroids for many years. They always helped him a lot when he had chest infections. Unfortunately the injection in my hip didn't help and I'm having a hip replacement in October. I wish you well, Becky. Good luck. x

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Welcome to the group Becky! We are sorry to hear you have been having a difficult time and experiencing pain. We hope this platform here offers some information and you find the support of the HU community helpful.

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All the best,


Arthritis Action Communications Officer


Thank you, to my surprise I've been diagnosed with RA and MCTD .

I'm on steroids and methotrexate ( injections ) . Been a roller coaster but I am getting there .

The only odd thing , is that my knees have flared badly, with swelling , so much so they've put me on steriods at a higher dose . I'm 4 weeks in to the methotrexate so that's why I've been given steroids . The wrists, fingers, feet and ankles are settling , so I'm puzzled as to why my knees have erupted . Weight bearing is hard - I have not injured my knees . Could this beRA in the knees now ?


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