Hi. I am a 63 year old female. 2 months ago I started experiencing pain and swelling in my hand. It has since moved to both hands ,shoulders, behind my knees and hips. I saw a rheumatologist who said he thought it was RA. Blood work showed a RA factor of 6 out and a high 3.86 CRP. He started me on hydroxchloroquine but after one month i felt nauseous and switched to meth.
I am also on predizone which is causing anxiety. He told me to discontinue to see what happens.
I am new to this and really scared. Does anyone have success stories. All I have been reading are horror stories. Can I feel better?will I have deformed hands eventually? Did I catch this in time? I'm so new to this I don't know what questions to ask.
Thank you. Karen