Hiya ladies and gents. Quick question. As some of you know, I'm sero-negative and depending on who you talk to have either rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory arthritis (I know both are basically the same thing, I'm trying for sarcasm!). I'm currently on 20mg Prednisalone (COBRA light protocol, started on 30mg, decreasing by 5mg weekly), 20mg MTX injection weekly and HCX 200mg bd. I've had a good 2.5 weeks since starting the pred, but I've started another flare today...it's getting me down to be honest, I guess I became complacent! The 2x 160mg depo-med injections I had 6 weeks apart starting in December then 120mg in March did, well, basically nothing! The pred, a lot better...until today. I've had terrible nights sleep (was still awake to hear the dawn chorus this morning) and pain today and didn't get out of bed until 4:30pm. No appetite, usual flqre up stuff for me. Anyway, back to my point! I do like to waffle on...
How many of you are on Sulfasalazine as well as MTX and HCX and are sero-negative too? The letter clearly states, as the specialist nurse told us and agreed by my Rheumy, that if I suffer a flare whilst on the pred I'm to start Sulfasalazine too. Triple therapy, in the hope this addition will work. My DAS score was 4.65, no change from December. No swollen joints but definate tenderness and pain. I did have swollen joints in December and tendon shortening etc...thoughts please HU community.
I'm sero negative, on leflunomide, mtx, ritiximab, prednisolone and naproxen. And regular steroid infusion. It does work but still get bad flares from time to time xxx
Thankyou allanah. Interesting you still get bad flares though? I though the RA meds were supposed to stop them? In fact my Rheumy told my husband when they get the right treatment you should act like you are in remission? Funny how everyone is different with this.
My opinion is that the drugs control not cure so ftom time to time it raises it's ugly head ?! If you get my drift , then I get help with the flares and continue the drugs! Xx