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  • Diagnosed with RA about a year ago. Taking methotr...

    Diagnosed with RA about a year ago. Taking methotrexate. Since then seem to get sick easily. Recently went through orbital cellulitis and torticolis. Ulnar neurapathy set in a few years ago accompanied with panic attacks and depression. I'm a soldier of 30 years and have easily endured both shoulders redone, both hands with pins and screws and three back surgeries but this ra with accompanying issues are making me feel weak. The army will soon learn about my ailments and I fear this will mean a medical discharge. I don't like loosing strength and the thought of being a sickly burden on others goes against everything I've stood for my entire life. I wouldn't share these thoughts with my wife and kids because they need me to be strong. Maybe I just need to complain anonymously to a chat room for my own therapy. If any service members are out there who have dealt with the VA may have some poignant advice I'd love to hear your experiences. Thanks-

    Post created 2 days 22 hours ago

  • I know I have arthritis, not sure of severity yet....

    I know I have arthritis, not sure of severity yet. Recently had a high level of ldh and hoping it is due to the arthritis and not cancer. Any comments?

    Post created 2 weeks 1 day ago

  • I have recently (July 2017) been diagnosed with Rh...

    I have recently (July 2017) been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. About 2 months before that (May 2017), I had a DVT/PE. I was put on Xarelto ( 30mg daily for a month then 20mg daily). I have been taking Xarelto since then.

    Shortly after starting Xarelto, my right wrist started to swell and be very painful. I went to a orthopedic hand/wrist surgon who did test and found I had some joint/ligament damage, but concluded that was not causing the pain/swelling. I was refered to a Rheumatologist. I was diagnosed with Chondocalcinosis, and trated as such. The treatment didn't help my symptoms. After another month, I developed the same symptoms in my left wrist. Shortly after that I was diagnosed with RA. I am currently on Methotrexate (8, 2.5 mg tabs, once a week) and 5mg of Prednisone daily.
    I have always suspected the Xarelto as contributing in some unknown way to the onset, and or continuing effects of the RA, since all this started shortly after starting the Xarelto regime. I have read reviews from people who have taken Xarelto and experianced the swollen, painful wrist issues that I have. Also, a possible increase in uric acid levels in the body.
    I went to Mayo Clinic this last week to get their opinion on all this. I saw the Rheumatology dept and the Thrombophilia dept. The diagnosis of RA was confirmed. I told them my suspicions about the Xarelto, and they confirmed that joint/muscle pain and cramping are a side affect, but they thought it was "unlikely" it was causing any issues in my case. This seems to be the standard answer from all the doctors I've asked about this.
    Never the less, I was insistant enough that they agreed to put me on Eliquis to see if there is any difference. I will start that tomorrow.
    Has anyone had any experiance with these issues? I would appreciate any information about living with RA while on blood thinners.
    Thanks!

    Post created 3 weeks 2 days ago

  • been on Boniva for a couple of years and just now ...

    been on Boniva for a couple of years and just now out of the blue 8 side effects have hit all at once. The pain and swelling is in my wrists with the right side the worst. I need to convince my doctor it's the Boniva. I had terrible leg pain with fosomex prior and stopped taking that prior to the Boniva

    Post created 1 month 5 days ago

  • could you please tell me can i take viagra i am ...

    could you please tell me can i take viagra i am suffering rheumatoid artrites

    Post created 1 month 1 week ago

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    Post created 1 month 2 weeks ago

  • I've had the nexplaon for 2 years and I started to...

    I've had the nexplaon for 2 years and I started to have severe wrist pain. I went to my PCP and he sent me to an Orthopedic now he's sending me to Rheumatoid specialist. I've gotten the implant removed because I'm thinking this could possible causes it because the dr don't know why its happening and he said I'm to young to have these problems. Has this happen to anyone else?

    Post created 1 month 3 weeks ago

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    Post created 2 months 2 days ago

  • cortisone shots are the only thing that helps my R...

    cortisone shots are the only thing that helps my Rheumatoid go away.

    Post created 2 months 1 week ago

  • I have DVT and PE and am taking Eliquis. My arthr...

    I have DVT and PE and am taking Eliquis. My arthritis is really hurting; yet they want me to take only Tylenol which does not help. Any suggestions?

    Post created 2 months 1 week ago