Last year I had a sudden onset of reactive arthritis which lasted 9 weeks and spontaneously stopped. 16 weeks ago I got food poisoning from a piece of chicken and have had much more severe reactive pains in at least 10 different joints. It flits around my body on a 24-hour cycle. Today my hip is sore, yesterday it was my left wrist, the day before it was my right ankle... on and on. It peaked in July when I was near bed-ridden last year. I'm on Naproxen and was on lots and lots of cocodomol in July (which I stopped as honestly it made zero difference). I finally got my rheumatology consultation on 15/08 and was given a steroid injection which was brilliant...for 48 hours. Since then I have sore days and very sore days. Today I am due to start MTX because my blood test shows I have the anti CPP antibodies. I was told this on a very rushed call from the consultant who said 'we thought this would clear up but we now suspect it is progressive, we need to start you on disease modifiers'. I was devastated as believed it was temporary. The questions in my head are:
Has anyone else started with Reactive arthritis brought on by food poison?
If I start on MTX, how will I know if it has spontaneously stopped again?
I was offered a second steroid Jab today because my knee had been especially painful but it's no worse than my hands now - can I get two more injections?
I'm so sorry if these are silly questions - the GP couldn't answer them and the consultant is very hard to get hold of.