Hi guys, Had my first ever flare abroad in 2011, started as a reaction to a diarrhoeal illness is what I came to know. Happened again in 2012, twice in 2013 and now every 5-8 months. In the beginning I would have a flare, knees would swell and resolve after 2 weeks. Initial flares every year. Now becoming more often and more severe, with more joints affected. So much so at its worst I can't get out of bed, go toilet and wife has to dress me.
I was put on a monotherapy of Sulfasalzine 1g a day in Feb of this year after suffering a flare after 8 months. And was absolutely fine until going through another flare since 1 July and have been put on mtx targeting 20mg weekly as well as the Sulfasalzine.
In the morning I'm so stiff my ankles feel like they are broken, back stiff and my right wrist is unusable. Has anyone had a similar issue, is the initial reactive turning into rheumatoid?
Feeling really down but putting that down to effects of DMARDS. Glad to have stumbled on this site as I'm not alone!
Would love to know if anyone has been in a similar situation and what has worked for them.
Rheumys say I have sero negative hla b27 negative recurring reactive inflammatory arthritis?!?!
Although the reaction to what exactly is unclear, they think the first flare up messed my immune system and will just confuse itself from time to time. Anyone experience anything similar?