Hi all - belated happy new year.
Another request for advice / words of wisdom to help my OH.
He's now had his second appt with consultant who looked at the blood tests etc and said it's sero-negative arthritis, and so prescribed prednisolone starting at 4 a day for two weeks then 3 a day ... , methotrexate starting at 3 a week, then 4 a week up to 6 a week (I may have misremembered the numbers), and 6 folic acid a week.
Trouble is, although he felt ok from his joints for 4 days on the high dose of pred, today theyve started to be stiff and hurty again just like last time. Does this happen to anyone else and is there anything you can do about it?
Also, while everything else has been ok, 2 things haven't. He's had a horrendously painful thumb tip, accompanied by it going all blotchy and sort of a bit lumpy. I can't find anything about this anywhere. And he's had chest pains on one side, mostly at night. If anyone's had either of these and can suggest what they might be we'd be really grateful to know.
If it makes any difference, on the first appointment the consultant said there was something in his bloods that could suggest lupus (his dad had it) but he hasnt mentioned that again.