I was newly diagnosed two weeks ago with RA. I started prednisolone 20mg tablets and have had a good response. The swelling and stiffness are much better, but I'm still getting quite a lot of pain, especially in my hands and feet. I'm starting methotrexate next week.
I'm been off work for five weeks now in total. (My joints really flared up when I stopped my naproxen for my MRI which helped make the diagnosis as I'm seronegative).
I was advised by the rheumatologist to stay off work until I see him next week as I had a lot of joint inflammation but I'm wondering how how people stayed off for at the start? I don't feel I could go back yet as I'm still in quite a lot of pain and am not sleeping much with the steroids. I know that the methotrexate won't work for several weeks but I will have the steroids tapered I think.
Work are being supportive so am very lucky but I want to go back when I can and I'm the sort of person who always feels better with a plan if you know what I mean!