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Back to possible RA

Posted by @lisabeans, Oct 3, 2017

Well, I went to see a third rheumatologist. First one believed inflammatory since I had a positive ana with joint swelling, pain and muscle pain. All other labs are normal. Second one says it’s fibrmylagia and stopped my Arava. Pain was awful within a week of stopping. She made me go to aqua therapy. Love it! Now I go to a 3rd one. He first agrees with fibro but runs more labs. My ana was normal as was C3 and C4. C50 was low – could be inflammatory but he wasn’t convinced. Then he actually listened to me. I explain that I feel better on Arava. Not completely pain free but brings pain down to a 5 or 6. Now he wants me to take Arava and do a 2 week dose of prednisone. He also said bumps I have on my thumbs could be ra nodules. He says I may also have a chronic pain as well as possible ra. I don’t mind being in Flux right now. Happy he listened and wants to figure it out

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Hi @lisabeans, I’m glad he listened to you and wants to figure it out. That is a good sign indeed! What dose of prednisone did he prescribe for the 2 weeks?

John

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Hi @lisabeans, I’m glad he listened to you and wants to figure it out. That is a good sign indeed! What dose of prednisone did he prescribe for the 2 weeks?

John

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He has me on 20mg for a week then reduce 1 5mg pill every 2 days. Last time I did a 10mg I felt pretty good. Hope this reveals something.

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