Hi all. I've been lurking for a few weeks but not yet posted. This isn't about me, but my partner who was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis a week and a half ago. His consultant said he wasn't happy to diagnose as a specific type of RA until he got blood test results.
He gave my OH Prednisolone at 20mg a day for 2 weeks, reducing to 5 mg a day in week 7 and 8. There will be a follow up appointment after 6 weeks when the consultant will decide on the treatment going forward.
The day after he first lot of steroids was like magic - he felt almost completely better, but he next day his calf started to be very painful. Long story short, he has 2 dvts and so has also been prescribed blood thinners for 6 weeks.
He's worried about the clots getting worse, and his leg is still hurting from them, but also the arthritis doesn't seem to be being dampened very much by the steroids any more (having said that his hands are much better), and he's still on the full dose at the moment. It's especially bad in the evenings and in the lower half of his body.
I guess I just want to be able to reassure him that he won't always feel like this and that when he gets good medication he can be better. Can anyone help with this? And does anyone have any experience of clots or the Prednisolone only working for a few days?