Hello! I'm a newby & would really appreciate some advice.
I was diagnosed with ?autoimmune inflammatory arthritis just before Christmas. The rheumatologist put me on 400mg/day of hydroxychloroquine which doesn't seem to have had any side effects so far but also doesn't seem to have made much of a change. She arranged an u/s scan of my hands and that showed some inflammation esp around the knuckle joints. She said if there was any inflammation, she would add in methotrexate at the next appointment which is next week.
My blood tests are all fine apart from RF which was ever so slightly raised at 30.5. Can you have RA and have normal results?
If an u/s scan shows inflammation does that mean you definitely have something like RA? The person who did the scan put it on the Doppler view and there were lots of flashy red bits. The thing is that while I get stiffness and soreness in lots of joints, it's not so bad that it stops me doing anything. Most of the time, it's just there always in the background but not stopping me being mobile or restricting me. I guess I'm in denial as a result and will find it hard to take methotrexate as the possible side effects look worse that I actually feel at the moment. Please talk some sense into me about the long term effects and how this could progress.
Also, the swelling I have seems be in the muscles/tendons as well as the joints. For example, at the moment my elbows are swollen but the area around is also painful, for example if I were to run my finger down the inside of my arm from the elbow to wrist. Is this tendons?? Does this happen in RA??
Thanks for listening!