I'm new to this blog--have had RA for about 4/5 yrs. I've been on Methotrexate and Prednisone for the entire time w/ the exception of 2 months last yr. and 4 months this yr (2017).Both times it came back w/ a vengence and had to up the dosage to get things under control.Recently had a lot of pain and swelling in my right ankle and Dr. kept saying gout but I felt differently. Finally had x-rays and MRI and it showed a tear in the tendon in ankle and bad RA in the front of the foot. Also pain in right knee which turns out almost bone on bone and a lot more arthritis.Ended up getting a shot but only feels better when I wear a knee brace.I had forgotten how I felt on the Metho. and not thrilled to be on it again, but I really don't have a choice. I'm constantly exhausted , have already started to loose my hair again and stomach is off in the A.M. upon rising. The hair lose and exhaustion are the things that really get to me.Have to have an Arizona ankle brace made which I most likely will have to wear forever bec. of the RA in combo with the tear.Have read that Prednisone can sometimes cause tendon problems like tears.I have now officially named myself the gimp and try to keep things light and laugh at myself.Some days better than others. Main goal is to get in good enough condition to play golf this spring which I absolutely love. May have to develop some new techniques for this poor old body but I'm determined. Wish me luck-----thanks for listening and I wish everyone well. Keep the faith- better days are ahead.(Even though I hate these meds-----LOL ).On bad days just figure it's time to rest and sleep.
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