This is my first post. The journey started for me five months ago when I started experiencing stiffness in both hands on waking. Also soreness in wrists and ankles. After Maybe three weeks I went to my GP who referred me to a private rheumatologist. Ten days later I met my rheumy who stuck me on 15mg of prednisolone for 2 weeks which temporarily "cured" me. When I came off the pred the symptoms returned. I went for an ultrasound scan which showed no erosions and blood tests that came back negative for RF and anti-ccp. I was put on 400mg hydroxychloroquine daily and 7.5mg prednisolone that was gradually tapered down to nothing. Now 5 months on I've been formally diagnosed with sero-negative ra. Given my RA was mild my rheumy said he wanted to hold off on the MTX for now and so Im just taking the HXQ with no steroids. So far, so good. Hand stiffness in morning remains but only for around 10-15 minutes in right hand and only occasional mild discomfort in other joints (mainly fingers) I'm told my ra is in remission though I can feel it's still there, lurking. I feel very fortunate when I read the accounts of others but who knows what lies ahead and if remission can be maintained. I'd really like to know if anyone else out there is taking HXQ on its own and how are you finding it?
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