Thank you for the replies. My Dr. keeps telling me to just take the meds. I know I should but my anxiety over it gets the best of me. Especially with this recent lymph node scare my anxiety has been out of control. I have been reading a lot about how foods effect RA hoping I can find something there useful. I do take pain medication on occasion if the pain gets to be too much but my big thing is the fatigue. I have zero energy, it's very frustrating. Have either of you had a problem with brain fog? I have brought it up to my rheumatologist and she doesn't seem to think RA is associated with brain fog but my mind seems always to be in a haze. Thank you both for your input.
I take Methotrexate and have been on it for years.I fought going on it because it scared me,but it got to the point where the doctor convinced me-I'm still afraid of TNF blockers...like Jan said, it's a very personal choice. I hope whatever you decide works for you! God bless!-Linda
"It's not the mountains ahead that wear you out-it's the grain of sand in your shoe"-unknown
Hello and welcome back. I am no doctor but it seems it could be possible that the RA is doing this to your body. RA can be an aggressive disease and attack organs as well. I have had scleritis for almost 2 years which is where your RA attacks your eyes. I take methotrexate and Cimzia injections. I have been on Enbrel and Humira as well. I am concerned as well with the medications prescribed for RA, but the benefits far outweighed the side effects in my case. I was really in pain and could not function in my daily life properly. Since being on the medications, I am better than I was 4 years ago. There are many things to consider and it is very personal for each individual; talk with your healthcare provider to give you more information about the side effects of the methotrexate.
I haven't been on in some time due to health problems and I guess along with the problems a lack of motivation. I lost 55lbs using spark and sad to say I've gained 20 back. UGH! So here I am on this journey again. Diagnosed with RA last year and it's been a bumpy road getting used to my new body. Anyway I'm hoping to meet some new people on here that can relate to what I've been going through. Unless you've got RA I don't think people truly get it.
I do have a question I'm wondering if anyone could help with. Around January I started noticing my lymph nodes were swelling up. I've had over a dozen Dr. appointments in the past few months, 2 ultrasounds and 3 cat scans. 5 different Doctors trying to figure out why my lymph nodes in neck, clavicle, groin are palpable. Ended up going to University of Michigan's cancer center and met with the Chief of Oncology. He say's they are there yes but don't feel malignant and possibly could be just normal for me. Anyways they are still there, no reason still as to why. I know my body they weren't always like this. Has anyone had issues with RA and lymph nodes???
I am not taking any meds for the RA other than an occasional pain killer because some mornings its hard to move. I'm afraid to take the methotrexate prescribed to me because I read it can cause cancer. I know it's probably stupid of me but I just don't want things to be worse than right now! I hope I posted this in the right area if not sorry I wasn't sure where to post. Thanks a bunch for any help!
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