I see the rheumy later this week...hope I can convince her to prescribe something stronger than Celebrex...I just hurt all the time and am still working 40+ hours a week, so something's going to have to be done...I haven't tried turmeric yet....have been eating dark cherries and pineapple...not sure that either of them do much to relieve the pain, but they sure do taste good!
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I took Methotrexate for 1 month about ten years ago....so many side effects so stopped. I have been reading about Methotrexate and Arava. I am leaning to trying Arava. I have been so spoiled only taking 5mg prednisone for a decade. I know I am fighting taking heavy duty drugs. I am relaxing right now with a spinach shake and a ginger pumpkin muffin.....so many ingredients to fight inflammation....plus they are tasty!
No Laurel I am not on Methotrxate was too fatigued on it so stopped I have been on Enbrel which really seemed to help but got and infection so I know somewhere down the line I am to have to resort to the big gun stuff.
Erica- Are you currently on Methotrexate? Is Xeljanz supposed to replace Methotrexate or with it? I have been reading this chat line from 2010 discussing how to deal with Methotrexate. It is clear that doctors dealing with RA are on the level of an art not science. It is a guess as what will work.
A lot of those stronger drugs scare me-it took the doctor forever to convince me to go on Methotrexate & for the most part I do OK,though I still have pain...I thought maybe I was going in remission so I cut myself back(on my own-dumb,I know) a couple of weeks,then I didn't take it for a wk because I had had to go on another med for something else,then I lost my medicine btle & missed another wk! Found I could barely walk! I've spent the wkend on the couch! Got my medicine-doing better,but I guess I've learned my lesson! Oh.I'm all about natural help whenever possible-I bought Tumeric,but it didn't seem to help(prob didn't take it long enough-you'll have to let us know if the tea is helping). I did try a "collagen rebuilder" which has seemed to help.Expensive though,so I'm trying a cheaper version & I'm not convinced it is doing the same job. I've had the cortisone injections in my feet-miracle!
"It's not the mountains ahead that wear you out-it's the grain of sand in your shoe"-unknown
I have had corrtisone shots elsewhere and they help. I recently saw my RA doctor and he said the pain in my feet is not RA. For the inflammation elsewhere, he wants me off prednisone and to take Arava...which scares me.
Thanks for ur reply I got a cortisone shot when I went to the foot doc a few years ago for my foot travails and it really helped, though not that pleasant ouchie, I love walking the doggies I care for the one helps me up hills I swear!
Erica--- tumeric tea sounds like a good idea. Some suggest adding ginger. I have been frustrated lately with aches, flare, achy painful feet. I hate when it limits my walking the dog or line dancing. I see a podiatrist Tuesday. I, too, am holding off on heavier duty meds. Get some rest and hopefully you will feel better soon. Hugs, Laurel
I have been so sore and stiff the past 3 days overdid with walking cleaning etc. And the weather has been so nice it is really frustrating when u want to go for a bike ride and cant. My neighbor gave me some turmeric tea which is touted to be good for inflammation so I had some tonight plus giving my feeties a peppmint oil bath and I feel improved somewhat. Just wanted to get that out there believe it or not I still have not been able to bring myself to take the Xeljanz yet. Take care all, Erica
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