I have posted my concerns while answering a few posts but I thought I would broaden my audience.
I was diagnosed with RA in October of 2017. I started on Lefluminide for 6 weeks but had some bad reactions. My Rheumatologist then put me on Methotrexate injections (25mg per week). I only did 6 injections. A skin rash I had as part of my "lupus spectrum" came back fast and furious. I had a flare that was so bad I wanted to go to the Emergency Room. The bathroom problems continued also.
So my RA Dr. has taken me off the Methotrexate now. I'm off all meds now waiting until May to see if the rash goes into hiding again and if the other issues go away too. His next med to try might be Plaquenel. I have a lot of trouble with my eyes so I am a bit nervous about that. I haven't taken any pain meds but have a nerve block in one knee and a steroid shot in the other. Both are starting to wear off and the new pangs of pain are in my ankles, toes and shoulders.
After all of the above (lol) my questions are this: Do you feel my Rheumatologist isn't waiting long enough to see if the side effects will lesson and the MTX hasn't had a chance to work? Has anyone had any side effects with the Plaquenel especially with their eyes? I hate taking pain pills but should I ask for something to take the edge off?
I am truly down in the dumps besides being tired but yet nervously flitting around. Yikes any thoughts would be appreciated