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  • 27 days ago

    New to RA, need advice!

    About 2 1/2 weeks ago I woke up with both of my hands swollen and throbbing with pain in the joints and wrists. It fades a bit by noontime but every night around 3 am it all returns with a vengeance only now it's creeped up into my elbows and shoulders. I'm searching for advice on how to cope with this. How long do your flares last and how often do you get them? What do you do to help? This is so scary and depressing....... Do you take ibuprofen? Have you tried moringa yet? My wrists are....
  • Alternative medicine vs prescriptive medicine

    Hello, I have been away for a awhile, and I now I am back. I have completed my classes in sociology, naturopathy, and just recently, relaxation therapy. I hope the knowledge I have received in taking these courses, will allow me to share my thoughts/suggestion/opinion with your health concerns. Again, glad to be back. Sha
  • 1 month ago

    Advanced RA after chemo

    At 58 I was diagnosed with breast cancer after I had been healthy my whole life. Always ate healthy, exercised and took care of myself. I had a triple negative advanced ductal cancer that required strong chemotherapy.I went through that with flying colors I had radiation I suggested testing for the BRCA gene to my oncologist which unfortunately I tested positive for,went to physical therapy but after the chemotherapy treatment I developed advanced rheumatoid arthritis. The chemo ate through the Cartlidge....
  • 2 months ago

    Leflunomide

    Hi, Has anyone been on Lefluomide? I am on 10 mg for sever inflammation from R/A. I am having deep depression and dark thoughts since starting this medicine. I also am having carb cravings like crazy. My Dr. is frustrated with me as I have tried Metho and had the same side effects. Has anyone else had mood disorders with R/A meds?
  • 3 months ago

    Recurring skin rash I think might be connected to my RA

    Hi everyone! For about a year I have experienced recurring itchy hive like rashes on my arms, hips, back, and thighs. It usually starts out in one spot and slowly then very quickly spreads causing a pink hive like looking rash that can be rather itchy. It last a month or so then clears up on its own only to come back a few months later. I finally broke down and saw the dermatologist because I was worried it could be a side effect of my RA. He did several biopsies but said the results were inconclusive....
  • 3 months ago

    Just talking about my sudden onset of symptoms

    I have had back problems forlong time.im also a stage 3b Cancer survivor.i was given the wrong hysterectomy i needed a radical hysterectomy but got regular.then it got infected and had to be packed 3 times a day we lived 45 mins away by freeway.he had them show him what to do so he did it.i couldn't start chemo and external radiation until out was completely healed.i was only given a 17%chance of survival with all the most aggressive treatment possible.and I Beat Cancers Butt.Anyway i have allot....
  • 3 months ago

    What does osteoarthritis in the knees feel like?

    I’m concerned I’m developing OA in my knees. 1 knee has been hurting intermittently for a year. The other just a few days. The last few days they have really bothered me. It mainly hurts on the inner part of the knee. If I don’t move for awhile they start aching really bad. They feel better when I keep them moving unless I’m doing high resistance excercise. For example I will up the resistance on my bike and ride up and down a hill. When I stand on the bike during this they hurt. Sitting With my....
  • 4 months ago

    Bedding

    Can anyone recommend a specific make and model of bed that might help me? I'm a side sleeper. It takes me forever to get out of bed in the morning due to my stiffness. I'll appreciate answers.
  • 4 months ago

    A Little Confused...

    Went to a new rheumy. I have a history of lupus symptoms, RA, fibromyalgia and other health conditions. At first new rheumy was on board with restarting Rituxan and methotrexate. I had been experiencing lots of pain & fatigue along with swelling. When labs came back, some tests were high, but not high enough for him to start those meds. When I questioned this, he suggested I speak with his colleague. He did give me injections in my knees which is starting to wear off. Of course meeting with his....
  • 4 months ago

    Joint pain in knee and both feet

    I was treated for gout and got no relief, went back to the Dr. and my uric acid had decreased but my pain went away for a few days but came back in a big way. I was sent to orthopedic Dr. and they did ex-rays and saw nothing, followed by MRI with nothing showing on that either. I am a 52 year old male, I have stopped drinking and I am taking medication as prescribed but I can hardly get in and out of bed and after brief respites after rest my mobility is limited. Trying to use crutches but now both....