Went to a new Rheumy yesterday. She actually did a physical exam and put hands on swollen joints. All the other dr's I've been to (Rheumy's included) hardly looked at me and only one touched my swollen hands. I was very impressed when she walked in and said I've looked at your blood tests and x-rays (way back in Sept I had x-rays of my hands and feet taken from the first Rheumy visit for comparison for when deformities occur in future.) She was very informative and said I was on the wrong dosage of Plaquinel because I've lost so much weight since the first diagnosis and need to be on less. (Actually looked at my WEIGHT!!!) and I get weighed every time I see a doc and I've told them I'm down 20lbs. She also said my MTX dosage was too low and I would not see any results if left this low. Also wants me to start on Prednesone for inflammation. This was my first female Rheumy. She said she was very aggressive in treating RA and asked if I was going to stick with her because I've been to so many seeking help. I will keep her.
She said she would like to draw the liquid off my L-knee and that was scary but I said OK. she got 20cc of this awful looking yellow cloudy gunky stuff that will go to the lab to test for crystals that may point to Gout in addition to RA because maybe I'm not on everything I should be??? She also put a steroid shot into my L-knee which felt better after. By last night my R-knee swelling was down and feeling almost normal and she didn't do anything to the R-knee. By this morning all joints are 70% less painful (shoulders, feet, jaw). Could that steroid have traveled throughout my body and lessened the pain in all joints??? I have not taken any meds after that shot yesterday and have never had a steroid shot before in my life. Diagnosed with RA Aug 2013 age 62. I asked if I would be able to play tennis again and she said that would be her goal with me. Hope the higher dose of MTX is not horrible but she asked me to stay in touch and let her know what happens so I'll keep in touch with email.