Hi, I was diagnosed last December with sero negative RA an OA, scans of hands show inflammation I have tried MTX for 12 weeks, but too many side effects so I am now on Sulphasalazine 4 tablets a day for 11 weeks. There has been no difference since December, in fact my fingers are getting worse, both with pain and swelling Seen OT, have splints and edema gloves, they do help with the pain a little, but not to any real extent.
I take pregabalin 50mg in the mornings and 150mg evenings, I am on 8 paracetamol per day, I am unable to tolerate stronger pain medication, I am am also taking prednisolone 7.5 mg per day. I am diabetic and my GP is not happy with giving me steroid injection as it shoots diabetes up considerably. I waited all day Friday for a phone call from GP as to whether I could up my steroids to 10mg, but didn't get one. Rheumy nurse rang to ask if he had called, she was waiting for consultant to suggest something else, as all he had suggested so far I am unable to take, as he should know if he bothered to read my file, which he obviously hadn't. I have had to stop taking naproxen because it affects my asthma
I am at the end of my tether as to what to do, the pain and swelling is excruciating in my hands and fingers.
Just needed to get that off my chest, sorry for the rant.