How long would a steroid injection normally last?
I was given my last injections in my knees 6 weeks ago now and wondered if that should have worn off by now? I suppose it's different for everyone.
I was lucky in a way as I was diagnosed very early, only 'flitting' pains for a year before my first flare after giving birth, first the steroids in my shoulders followed by my knees 5 weeks after. I have been on a comb of MTX, sulpha whatsistsname(!) and hydrox for 12 weeks now so I wonder if the meds are maybe starting to work or could I still be feeling the effects of the steroids....
I still have a lot of swollen joints but the main stiffness are in my hands, I have started to feel less stiff but more pain, is that what it's like generally for fellow sufferers?
Another question; X-rays were taken first visit to the consultant, when do they normally take the next? There was no permanent damage in the first one, if it is severe/aggresive would the damage happen within a few months?
I ask this as my DAS score was 7.8 and RF test 2010! (400 may be severe)
I will ask my consultant when I see him but I have no patience!
ps; RA/Fibro - Julie, if you read this, thanks again for your advice on my previous question, I did reply but unsure whether you got it x