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I too read alot about trying different things to help my RA. I tried minocycline for a few weeks before going on 25mg of enbrel. I felt alittle better, but inflamation wasn't going down. So, now I take enbrel, which is helping. I have my energy back!
I have also read about antibiotic use with RA but no experience with it. I am curious. Please let us know how it goes if you do try it. I have been on Plaquinal, with good esults - it put the RA to sleep for about 10 years, so well I dropped all meds for several years, until after my son was born, which somehow woke the sleeping tiger. No ill effects whatever. I'm now on Enbrel (a biologic) and Prednisone, and doing well. Between I was put briefly on Methotrexate, which was worse than useless for me - the RA reved up like mad, hence the move to biologics. But really, I would not be afraid of Plaquinal.
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Hi! I've heard about the antibiotics being used but I don't have any experience with them. My Rheum has never suggested them. He uses biologics along with methatrexate. I have found much relief with first Remicade and now Actemra. I also take a prescription anti-inflammatory like Celebrex.
Hope you find some relief soon. To help with the flare you might try light stretching and some light cardio (even seated helps). I know it hurts and is hard to do, but even 5 - 10 minutes a day can make a real difference.
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I was dx with RA in Feb. this yr. Still reading everything and I can get my hands on. My Dr. recommended plaquinil to prevent joint damage and 5mg prednisone for pain. Initially, I chose to wait to educate myself more about the disease and to deal with another health issue. My gynecologist asked me to hold off on taking any RA meds until a necessary surgery was completed last week. Unfortunately could not hold out and had to take prednisone due to another painful flare. I know that I cannot wait much longer to begin taking a med to stop the progression of RA. I have read about the use of antibiotics such as minocycline & doxycycline in the treatment of RA which seems to be less toxic than other treatments. Just curious if anyone has had success with this. Thanks!