Hello, all! I guess I'm just looking for some advice. I was diagnosed with RA this past spring. My wrists started to hurt and swell while I was waiting tables. My doctor suspected I had RA back in January and I was referred to a rheumatologist. I had to wait several months for an appointment and undergo another month or so of tests...
Long story short: I've been on plaquenil since June. I really haven't had any change in the severity of my symptoms, and I've been on it for 5 months. My rheumatologist says that it can take up to 6 months for this medicine to start working. Has anyone had any luck with plaquenil?
I'm reluctant to go on anything stronger, but I can feel the disease progressing, and it scares me. It started in my wrists, then spread into my fingers. Now I can feel it in my knees, and on off days, I can feel it slightly in my elbows. My hand is starting to turn to the right...I'm afraid my right hand/wrist will be deformed forever. I've heard that methotrexate works well, but the side effects frighten me.
Does anyone have any words of wisdom?