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How I deal with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Mar 15, 2015 - 0 comments
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I am Rheumatoid Arthritis patient from the past 12 years. It was started in Year 2003 and my age was 45 at that time. Now in 2015 my age is 57. I am female, and a mother and a wife. From India.

I want to tell my huge experience with RA with the hope that it will help someone and also to get advice from someone in dealing with it better.

Initially in 2003, the first symptoms that occurred were pain in wrists. Then occurred pain in neck, then knee pain, then pain in hand fingers and then inflammation.

I am going to elaborate my timeline from 2003 to 2015. I will tell what medication I was taking and what were their effects.


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During 2003-2005
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Medications Given - Ayurvedic, General Treatment, Steroids and Analgesics, Painkillers. A heart doctor also gave some painkillers.
Condition - Stiffness after prolonged same posture like after sleep in morning.

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During 2005-2008
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Started treatment from Orthopedic
Medications Given - Methotrexate (7.5 Mg/Week),
Naproxen and other NSAIDs, Painkillers
Folic Acid

Health Condition - Good


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During 2008-2010
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Medications Given - HCQS (400 Mg/Week) along with Medicines taken in 2005-2008


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During 2010-2011
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Before Condition - Swelling in both knees
Medications Given - Steroid Injections in knee to reduce pain and inflammation.
After Medication, Condition - Injections were effective in reducing pain and swelling.

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During 2011-2013
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Medications Given - Methotrexate (15 Mg/Week), Painkillers, Naproxen
Condition - Developed Deformity in one Hand and Nodules in Knees, Elbow and Foot thumb.
Doctor told nodules were side effect of methotrexate.


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During 2013-2013
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Changed Doctor. Went to Dr. Ashok Kumar (Vasant Kunj, Fortis Hospital).
Medications Given - Stopped Methotrexate, Started Sulfasalazine (2000 Mg/Day)
Condition deteriorated. Treatment was for 1 month only.

Went to Dr. Rohini Handa (Rheumatologist), Popular Dr. in India.
Medications Given - Methotrexate (25 Mg/Week),
Steroid (5 Mg/Day),
Sulfasalazine (2000 Mg/Day),
HCQS (400 Mg/Day)
Condition was still not improved.

Went to AIIMS (Biggest Hospital in India)
Medications Given - Methotrexate Injections (25 Mg/Week),
Steroid (7.5 Mg/Day),
HCQS (400 Mg/Day),
Sulfasalazine (2000 Mg/Day),
Leflunomide (10 Mg/Day),
Calcium Tablets,
Pain Killers in extreme pain.


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During 2014-2014
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Condition - Swelling in Joints
Medications Taken - Methotrexate Injections (30 Mg/Day),
Folic Acid (5 Mg/5 times a day),
HCQS (400 Mg/Day),
Leflunomide (20 Mg/Day),
Sulfasalazine (2000 Mg/Day),
Prednisolone (Brand Omnacortil) (5 Mg/Day)

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During 2015-2015
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After 3 months
Ulcer Started in mouth
Hair Loss
These were side effect of methotrexate.

Medications Taken - Methotrexate reduced to 15 Mg/Week,
Folic Acid (5 Mg/Day)
This was taken for 3 months

Then, Methotrexate (20 Mg/Week),
Rest medication remained same.

Condition - Ulcer stopped.
Pain also reduced.

2015's Winter went very bad.
Condition - Hungry but able to eat (Early Satiety),
Weight Loss,
Dry Cough (Continuously for many times),
Vomit,
Peptic Ulcer,
Nausea,
Loss of Appetite,
Weakness,
Fungus on Tongue

Now just referred to Skin Doctor.




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Current Situation in 2015
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Medications Taking - Methotrexate (15 Mg/Week),
Folic Acid (10 Mg/Day),
Calcium Tablets,
Cough Syrup,
Azithromycin and Antacid Syrup

Condition - Inflammation Normal,
Coughing still persists,
Peptic Ulcer persists,
Stomach Ache,
Sometimes High Blood Pressure,
Weakness Improved.


This was all about medications and conditions from 2003-2015
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Some more information:

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Diet
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Vegetarian.
Healthy Diet with Exercise, Yoga and Medication throughout life.


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Medical Tests
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HRCT (CT Scan)
X-Ray of Chest
BMD Test
Cough Test
Many Blood Tests

(All Tests NORMAL)

No Diabetes
No Cholesterol

I am glad to be contacted if anyone wants to know something from me or wants to tell something to me.

My Blog: https://rgoyal57rheumatoidarthritis.wordpress.com/
Email: ***@****
Phone: +91 9899785044
Location: Ghaziabad, India

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