HI All, I'm new to the site and had RA since I had my daughter just over 7 years ago.
Whilst c 3 months pregnant, I was rushed into hospital with excruciating pain, fever etc.(typically I went in the middle of a Saturday night, not recommended) I wasn't diagnosed until the Monday - spent 2 days hallucinating on iv morphine, only to find that the junior doctor had missed 25mg of poison inside my hip! Noone knew how it got there and to this day we still don't.
All was fine until I stopped breastfeeding around 8 months later when I started to get what I thought were niggles but quickly became pain in my foot and knee. A few other place hurst but knee and foot were swollen etc.
I was put on mtx several months later, slowly (I think too slowly) and I've recently been given leflunomide which I now take with 20mgs mtx.
My issue is that although I'm not in direct pain, my joints are most often swollen and my feet and hands are most always tingling. I can see my wrists are swollen therefore I guess this makes the hands tingle. My main symptom is just total exhaustion - I have a job, a lovely husband & a 7 year old daughter. I get lots of rest but I rarely feel rested.
My main question is should I now ask about anti tnf drugs ? Do these help with swollen joint and exhaustion or just pain ?
Sorry for the long winded question but as I'm new I thought I'd add some subtext and got carried away !