I read all of your comments daily and send daily hugs to you all who suffer a lot more than I do. However, I rarely comment as I am a newby and have no real experience to pass on.
As a newby, I had three steroid injections in my hands (one in October 2014 and 2 more in December 2014) and have been on 400mg of HCQ daily since December 2014 (was on 200mg from October to December 2014). I feel the HCQ and change in diet (to one similar to paleo) may be working or it may well be that the pain is masked by the steroid injections. Three weeks ago, things came to a head with my terminally ill mother and I was under an enormous amount of stress which resulted in an almighty flare-up of RA symptoms in both hands both in previously affected an previously unaffected joints the week after. This lasted for two weeks and now the pain and inflammation has worn off again. Is this normal after periods of stress? Should I believe the HCQ and diet are working?
I had an appointment booked with my rheumatologist for 11 May but because of the flare up and joints in previously unaffected digits protruding (like bunions on feet) I panicked and managed to get an earlier appointment for 25 March (privately). I believe my rheumatologist is going to suggest I start on MTX but I am worried about the side effects especially as I need to be there for Mum and hold down a job. Any thoughts please....
Love and gentle hugs to you all xx