Just to get the ball rolling, I figured I would mention the medications I have tried so far.
I was on prednisone for a year and methotrexate even longer. These drugs helped me to function again. I admit though, I never let my doctor prescribe more than 10mg of prednisone. I didn’t have insurance when RA first began and the doctor at that time gave me an endless supply. So every day I took 10mg. When I finally saw a rheumatologist four months later, he wanted me OFF the prednisone. He was worried about my health, said it lead to diabetes. At the time I was more worried about functioning, and less worried about long term health. So my doctor and I agreed that I would start methotrexate and wean off. Needless to say, it took an entire year to wean off just 10mg because every time I lessened it, even just 1mg, my fingers would swell up like sausages again, and I’d have trouble walking. Even my nose developed a lump! The methotrexate did in fact make me more functional, but my body was continually deteriorating, developing nodules, and my fingers were ever so slowly turning outward.
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