I was diagnosed in August of this past year. The rheumatologist prescribed methotrexate and I have responded well. However since the middle of December I have developed hip pain. Sometimes it wakes me up at night. I researched hip pain and RA and most of the info says that hip pain occurs later in RA so I'm not sure if this is related to RA. The hip pain is really on my right side. The left side has hurt some but not much. My next scheduled appointment with the rheumatologist is in late March My question is - when do I call the doctor about new joint pain? I don't want to run to the doctor with each new twinge but I also want to make sure that I am preserving my joints. Part of my hesitation of going to the Dr is that I really don't want to go on new medications. Should I go before March or just wait? Any advice?