Hi - I'm getting some serious pulsing waves of pain through my knuckles just now - both hands are swollen but the right far more so and same goes for pain. It is very much the way my RA started - these waves of quite shocking deep aching pain that only last a few seconds but are increasing in frequency. The swelling seems to relate directly to the heat and if I've walked any distance hanging my arms down by my side I can hardly close my hands at all they are so puffy. Is this RA inflammation or a kind of fluid retention do you think?
Second question (bearing in mind the first). I take MTX by injection on a Tuesday night and for the last two Wednesdays have had the runs. Not that my body has even announced this to me until I go for a pee and then I find it's happened (sorry if too much info but I do need help!).
I'm currently holidaying in a very hot Cornwall and this Wednesday we have someone looking after the dogs so we can travel about without having to worry about them - planning to visit the Eden Project and Falmouth, where my OH and I met as young art students many moons ago.
As some of you will know I've reduced doses of injectable MTX to 12.5mg and this side effect is a new one for me - it seems to have replaced the usual nausea. I really don't want to ruin my Wednesday by having to stop off at public toilets every ten minutes to check - and in this heat it will be hellish as it was in Edinburgh last week. I have to drive our car back to Devon on Saturday as mother-in-law needs to be driven by my OH so I'm a bit nervous of my hands getting worse but they are passable for most stuff just now as long as I run them in icy cold water regularly. The rest of me is a little cranky but nothing I can't live with. Am I likely to flare up for one week off? Sorry such a convoluted question but I'm a bit addled by too much sun and mother in law!