I'm not on any rheumatoid meds at the minute due to adverse effects to mxt, sulphasalzine, leflunomide, Enbrel and recently Humira. I have taken daily prednisolone since 2013 and I'm desperate to get off them but can't until they find a medication that works for me.
I saw a cardiologist in November last year as I get palpitations and a CT scan of my heart found plaques in my arteries. I was given cholesterol tablets to prevent plaques getting bigger.
I had an MRI on my neck last month to try and find out why my arms keep going dead and have constant pins and needles. The MRI picked up an abnormality in my brain stem and GP told me I've had a mini stroke. I saw a neurosurgeon last week to try and find out what's going on with arms and he's running tests.
While all of the above is worrying I'm more concerned about the hot flushes I'm getting. I've had them for a few years but they're getting worse. I wake up 3 or 4 times during the night and I'm red hot, my cheeks burn, I feel dizzy and I've recently started to take my blood pressure when it's happening and found that it rises. I'm on BP meds. My GP increased my HRT (Premarin) last year as blood test showed I was in full menopause. She has now changed them to elleste solo to see if they help with latest symptoms but they're not working.
Any advice would be much appreciated...I'm feeling pretty frustrated with it all at the minute. I usually keep it all in but with these symptoms added to my joint pain I'm feeling really sorry for myself 🙁