I'm new here, this is my first post and it a cry for help!
I have been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis and given the treatment options of sulfasalazine, methotrexate or hydroxychloroquine. I chose sulfasalazine. I'm now two weeks in, and unusually for where I live the weather has been beautiful. I spent only a short amount of time outside and ended up having the most horrible full body allergic reaction, I think to the sun. This was last Thursday, the rash on my body (even bits that didn't see the sun) is til visible and my glands are swollen. I've also had a temp. I called my rheumatology nurse on Friday who told me to carry on until this Monday and see how I'm doing, but I feel crap. And the thought of never being able to be outdoors again without being completely covered is making me feel miserable. I have two small kids - I can't deny them outside play, and I don't want to miss out either.
So I guess my question is, will this type of side effect settle down when my body gets more used to the sulfasalazine, or should I be demanding a different drug?
Thanks so much in advance for any advice.