My arthritis medication remains the same, Hydroxychloroquine 400 mg daily. However the pain in my hips has increased and I've had to take stronger pain-killers. I'm now on Tramadol 100 mg x 4, with 1000 mg Paracetamol x 4, along with the other medications I take. Wow, I can't believe how I've deteriorated so quickly. My Rheumatologist still has not come up with any more drugs to try, I've been given a yearly appointment. I had been referred to a Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, who says I have the hips of a 75 year old. He went on to say I had limited choices as to what to do, I could; leave it and see how I get on, have hip replacements for both hips or try a x-ray guided steroid injection directly into both hips and see if that helps.
He also stated that I can only have 3 hip replacements in a lifetime, so I had one now, when I reach 75 and need a third one, it would be the last one I could have. So, I'm giving the steroid injects into my hips a go. Has anyone else had this done? He also said that the destruction of my hips cartilage was not only due to wear and tear, but also my inflammatory arthritis, he said I've got Rheumatoid Arthritis The past Rheumatologist just said I have inflammatory arthritis and she does not know what is driving it.
I am sad and anxious that I have not got on with most of my medications for arthritis because I wanted to protect my joints in my feet and hands before they got any worse.
At 53, I feel very vulnerable to this disease, because I can't stop it in it's tracks.
Let me know if steroid injections have worked for you?