Hello, I have RA and inject MTX having failed on Sulphasalazine. My ESR is down in the 20s now but my bloods tend not to tell my story anyway. My RA was deemed to be "mild" but my hands are so stiff and swollen that I am struggling to do my duties at work most days. If things dont improve my nurse will speak to consultant about next steps. She seems to think the MTX isn't doing the job and always acknowledges my swelling.
Some days though I wonder if this is just the way RA of the hands is? The stiffness and pain seems to last all day but I thought it was only meant to last a couple of hours early morning? I know that dual therapy is meant to be best and Hydroxy has been mentioned but what if he won't do anything?
Do my symptoms ring a bell with anyone? Is there a chance that I will be able to use my hands properly again? I have been on MTX for well over a year with a few breaks due to infections. Diagnosed 2 years ago. I will read up on MTX and Hydroxy as a combo but just wanted to ask others if it has worked for them. I like to pretend I don't have RA but I suppose I really do and it doesn't feel "mild" at the moment.
Thank you, J.