I'm back on HCQ on a lower dose now (200mg/day) after I had to stop because of the side effects before. So far it seems not much in the way of side effects (yet), so fingers crossed it'll help this time.
My other half suggested a while ago that he read yoga could be beneficial for arthritis and as I have done yoga a few years back and enjoyed it, I contacted a local yoga teacher and explained that I have OA and RA and if she could accommodate me.
She said she had no experience with arthritis but could try to show me posture alternatives etc. if I had problems in class.
Well I went for the first time a couple of days ago and as my lower back hurts at the moment ( unsure of related to the RA) I had real trouble getting into a few poses but tried slowly and gently. It got easier for my back towards the end but especially the poses that involved me bring on all fours or just putting any weight onto my (mainly right) wrist and fingers I couldn't tolerate long. I got some tips from teacher how to adjust to take pressure off those spots and tried. After the class I felt ok and was hopeful. But now my right wrist and fingers are killing me. I have had a steroid injection about 2 weeks ago and I was feeling loads better but am now back to taking painkillers to get through the day.
Sorry for waffling on but has anyone got experience with yoga and RA and can tell me if I just need to gently persevere or if it maybe was a bad idea and I should stop? Thanks in advance and hope you all have a good weekend!