Hi everyone, I'm new here and have lots of questions so sorry in advance!
I was diagnosed last November with seronegative arthritis and started sulfasalazine but had to stop taking it due to a terrible sore throat. I've now been taking hydroxychloroquine since February and a tapered steroid course over the past month. None of these have given me any relief and my affected joints are really flaring at the moment. This is where I get even trickier though as I can't take any painkillers, NSAIDs give me terrible reflux of which I'm already experiencing and codeine makes me too sleepy to work. I also had a steroid injection once and point blank refuse to have any more due to the excruciating agony of it.
So, my questions are:
If I started methotrexate would it be better in your opinion to have it in tablet or injection form seeing as I'm prone to side effects from tablets?
When taking prednisolone did anybody else notice that the slightest pressure on your skin would leave you with red marks?
Does anybody get rashes or reactions just randomly popping up on their body and how do you relieve them?
With regards to the pain I'm experiencing, does anyone have any suggestions on how to help it?
Thanks so much for letting me waffle on and sorry for being so long winded but I figure you guys are the best people to be asking!