Hello. After being diagnosed a few months ago with RA, nothing has helped me feel any better. I've been on methotrexate for 4 months, cymbalta for 3 months, and lyrica for 2 weeks. Oxycodones help slightly, but only mask some of the pain.
My last x-ray a couple months ago revealed bone damage, so I'm worried that my continued pain is a sign of possible further damage. I'd like to try a biologic, yet my RA doctor continues with the current meds. Apparently the insurance companies require a few months of MTX before they consider a biologic (because of the high cost).
I'd like to hear other's thoughts on what route I should take in regards to med changes, etc. I'm completely confused because I've yet to find any medication that has helped one iota. Other meds I've tried with no success include: prednisone, baclofin, flexirol, tramadol, efexor, ldn and valium.
Please spare me the holistic recommendations. I've tried it all, including restriction diets, turmeric paste, boron, cbd oil, accupuncture, Quell tens unit, pain creams, and dozens of supplements that promised pain relief but were nothing but a waste of money. I'm looking for prescription medication recommendations.
p.s. My anti-ccp levels were a massive 2,400 last time I had blood work done. My other levels were neutral. I've been tested for lyme and everything else under the sun. I have lychen planus, erectile issues, lethargy, inability to gain weight, anxiety, low libido, lack of appetite, and all over joint and muscle pain (especially in jaw, lower back and neck). Thank you.