Had RA since 2013, tried all usual meds but reacted to them all. Stopped Humira in July because of high BP and palpitations, CT scan showed plaques in arteries. Started BP meds and went back on Humira but had to stop it again as I felt increasingly ill after every injection.
For weeks my arms have been going dead during the day and at night. I started to get hot flushes that kept waking me up which I put down to menapause. I woke up on Boxing Day with vertigo and was in bed for 2 days. My GP sent me for an MRI on my neck and gave me the results today which concluded:
1. Foraminal stenoses predominantly affecting left side at C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7.
2. Small focal abnormality in the brainstem, likely to represent an ischaemic focus.
So now I need to see a neurologist as arthritis degrading discs and causing nerve problems in arms, mainly the left side but can feel it in both. I also need an MRI on my brain as I've had a mini stroke. I'm wondering if it was the Humira making me feel unwell or effects of the stroke. I see my rheumy next month so I'll see what she says.
I've started the year off with the bad news so it can only get better...fingers crossed folks...gotta keep smiling 😊