New to this board, and found information available very helpful. It's coming up 2 years since diagnosis - have been part of a research trial at the Rheumatology Department i am attending. Was put onto hydroxychloroquine as i have an unresolved liver condition which contraindicates the use of methotrexate etc. Blood results of tests taken in June showed CRP level down from 20.2 to 6.1. Consultant said it showed hydroxy is working - but i still have acute pain. Cannot take anything other than paracetamol and ibuprophen for pain because of drug interactions with other medications i take. More bloods takes three weeks ago - numbness in right hand and arm from neck now spreading to left hand and arm - EMG showed it is not carpel tunnel and waiting for MRI. Is it normal to have so much pain when CRP levels are "normal" - this could have changed since June but have not seen Dr since bloods taken - what is a normal CRP. How often should you see the Rheumatologist - the clinic I attend is so busy that it is minimum 3 months between each appointment - even for blood results.