Hi, hoping for the benefit of your experience. I posted a little while ago to say that I have been diagnosed with possible early RA so the rheumy is attacking it early with MTX. I've done three weeks of it so far, first two weeks on 10mg and this last week on 12.5, with the intention of working up to 15mg until I see rheumy again in jan / feb to see what happened.
He gave me a steroid injection in my bum to relieve pain until the MTX kicks in. That was 2.5 weeks ago. He said if the MTX had not kicked in within 4 weeks I could get another steroid injection then.
The steroid worked immediately, the next morning I didn't get that initial stiffness in my hands and feet that I had been getting for the previous 8 weeks.
My question is this. The morning and evening stiffness went immediately, and has not come back. But my hands are constantly sore (my feet to a lesser extent). My complicating factor is that I have a 4 month old baby, and it has been a nightmare trying to lug him around over the last few months whilst suffering from the inflammation. I cannot work out whether the ongoing pain is because 8 weeks of inflammation (in the tendon sheaths: ultrasound showed no inflammation in the joints, or any damage) have meant that my tendons are sore and sort of bruised and they will get better, and that maybe the 16 pound baby boy lugging has exacerbated that, or whether it's part of the whole inflammation thing and the steroids have not completely worked. I really want to get back to doing my yoga, but can't do it yet as I just don't have the hand strength.
Any thoughts / experience?