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Dec 1, 2019 · Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Introduce yourself and meet others in Autoimmune Diseases

I was diagnosed with RA in 2003 and was given Methotrexate- I took the medication once a week for about 9 years (off and on). I experienced nausea, no appetite, headache and light sensitivity for about 24- hours after taking the medication (also my mood was very sad- maybe from the side effects). My Rheumatologist had me tried different medications throughout the years but they did not helped with the pain, stiffness and fatigue. I was prescribed Xeljanz 10mg in 2014 (I was and still am scared about the long term side effects but it does help me and I only take 5mg daily- I have no side effects from it. I do still get flares, joint stiffness, pain, swelling- but much tolerable. On my last appointment he said he may increase it to 10mg if my flares were not under good control. The long term side effects from this medicine do scare me (that's why I only take 5mg). I have an appt in 2 week- I hope my inflammatory markers are ok. As far as Methotrexate I really don't think it helped with my RA symptoms and having the side effects every week was not a good thing.

Oct 14, 2019 · Baker’s cyst in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi @ellerbracke, I have very large Baker's cyst (both knees). Mine came out gradually. My legs were feeling weird for about 3 weeks (pain, stiffness and difficulty with balance). I was seeing my PCP, Pain Management and Rheumatology and they didn't know what was happening to my legs until my husband saw the swelling behind my knees. I was prescribed Prednisone for a few days, rest, ice and elevation. Now they are talking about possibly draining them and injecting steroids. I have an appointment tomorrow and hopefully the Dr. can help me because this is very painful.

Oct 14, 2019 · Calcium and Vitamin D for bone density in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Thank you so much for this information. I hear a lot about Vita K2 which is supposed to be very good to build bones but when I talked to my PCP about it she said NO. She says that there are no studies to prove this. I think I am going to try it anyways. Will you please update when you get your bone density test? I do not drink milk as I have a milk allergy.

Oct 12, 2019 · Calcium and Vitamin D for bone density in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I was taking 500 of Vit D but my levels where low. I increased to 2000 a day and now my levels are back to normal. The Vit D in calcium supplement was not enough for me.

Oct 10, 2019 · Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I was diagnosed about 10 years ago with osteoporosis and I was prescribed Fosamax. I stopped taking it after a while because I was afraid of the side effects. My DEXA scans have gotten worse since then but I still refused Fosamax or any other medications for this. About 3 days ago I had a regular appointment with my Primary Doctor and she brought up this issue (she knows I don't take the medication). We did discussed all the Pros and Cons at length and she seemed very concerned that I am not taking medication for Osteoarthritis. I Also have RA and take medications for this. I think maybe I'll give Fosamax a try and get my DEXA scan repeated to see what happens.

Oct 9, 2019 · Osteoarthritis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I take ginger tea (made from ginger roots – not the tea bags) every day for inflammation.

Oct 7, 2019 · Arthritis: Knee in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi. I use Voltaren gel for all my joints andt it works well for me when I have flares.

Oct 2, 2019 · Calcium and Vitamin D for bone density in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi. Mine says 25- Hydroxy Vitamin D.