I had my second bout of MTX last night and feeling pretty lousy at the moment. Not sure if this is due the the RA or the meds. Felt quite bad yesterday prior to taking MTX relly drained with pain in wrist, Thumb and knee. As i am still quite new to this disease, can anyone advise what we mean fully by "flare up". The reason i am asking is that when I was diagnosed it was in pain in most of my joints but at times my hands and wrists would swell up causing a lot of pain. I have had 2nd steriod injection 5 weeks ago and the pain subsided everywhere but is now returning. I have not had the sudden swelling for a while but have got constant pain and heat in various areas. What i am asking is without the sudden swelling, am I still having flare up?.
My Rheumy Doc only prescribed 10mg of MTX to start with but i am expecting to go upto 15 in two weeks at my next appt with Rheumy nurse. She did say i should have started on 15mg but went with what Doc stipulated.
I am still trying to get my head around this and i still think the Doctor is going to say you don't have RA. Could this happen?.
Also i find the fatigue one of the worst symptoms as it is very hard to explain to anyone how it feels. It is not that I want to sleep all the time, it is more of a constant draining of my body and no energy at all to the point where i don't feel i can concentrate on anything including driving my car. This is also affecting my work as well but my boss is very understanding and telling me to go home when i feel like this which was yesterday.
Am i imaginging this illness or is it real?.