I have been under investigation for Rheumatoid Arthritis for some months now. It hasn't been picked up in blood but they found inflammation in the blood and my index finger joint is very sore and swollen. After doing ultra sound both hand joints are inflamed. I feel achy all over and very tired. I have been on steroids for 4 weeks and now on just one tablet a day for another week and have to go back to the specialist on Friday. the first 3 weeks of steroids I was feeling much better but now reducing the dose I am feeling poorly again. My specialist thought trying steroid would be the best option because the tablets for the RA could cause other side effects. I am now worried where I will go from here. Before all this happened I started a blood pressure tablet and also statins for cholesterol which made me quite poorly the whole of my body hurt in particular my neck and shoulder and couldn't sleep at night they also affected my liver function. I stopped the statins and the pains went but the hand pain and swelling remained. The last blood tests were normal so liver seems to be ok now. Before taking any tablets I was fit and well and am frightened to take more tablets that may make me ill again.
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