April 9, 2013
I have read quite a bit about RA. I understand that once the joints are damaged there is no going back. Once the joints are damaged the pain and deformity are permanent. So it would make sense to avoid joint damage.
Serious joint damage occurs within the first two years of onset of disease. The RA medical community understands this and aggressive treatment is initiated at diagnosis.
Presently I have been on methotrexate for about 7 weeks. My pain level is a 2-3 most times. Swelling is way down. My activity level is approaching normal.
I am on prednisone at 12.5mg which is a big decrease from the 30mg I had been on.
Why in the world would I take these drugs? The answer is to stop or slow the progression. There is no other way for me. I also take supplements. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Do yoga. Walk. Rest. Am involved with work and family and friends. I want to avoid joint damage as much as possible. Methotrexate has proved to be safe for most. So far I have been fortunate in not having the common side effects of nausea and vomiting.
It is the eternal balance of slowing the progression with minimizing drug side effects.