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New RA Symptom or…?

  • By kkiyan

    Hey everyone,

    I have been reading a lot of the articles of this site for a bit now, but I had a strange symptom pop up last night/this morning and I wanted to see if it may be from RA before I start worrying about it to much.

    I have had the symptom of dry mouth, but last night my mouth started to hurt a little more. I woke this morning to multiple canker/kanker sores all over my mouth. I am not sure if this is from the dry mouth, or if it is the RA going a little further.

    Any input is greatly appreciated!


  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    Hi kkyian. Thanks for your question. Some RA medication can cause mouth sores. Some are Methoraxate, Arava (leflunomide), and Rituxan. This is definitely something I would bring up with your rheumatologist. Here are some articles that discuss the side effects of the drugs I mentioned. and and I hope this helps give you a place to start. Thanks for being a part of this community! Have a good night, Erin ( Team Member).

  • By kkiyan

    I am not currently taking anything other than naproxen for the inflammation and T3’s as needed at night for the pain. I am currently waiting for my first appointment with my rheumatologist.

  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    Hi kkiyan! Since this is a new symptom for you, I would definitely bring it to your physician’s or rheumatologist’s attention. If you have a long wait until your first rheumatologist appointment, you really might consider seeing your primary care physician. I hope you get some answers and relief soon! Have a good afternoon. Erin ( Team Member).

  • By Mariah Z. Leach Moderator

    Hi Kkiyan ~

    As Erin mentions, any time you experience a new symptom the best person to discuss it with is your doctor – as he or she has the best understanding of your overall medical situation. Dry mouth can sometimes be a symptom of Sjögren’s syndrome which is another autoimmune condition that sometimes occurs with RA.

    You can read more about it here:

    If you have been diagnosed with RA, getting in to start treatment with your rheumatologist is key to getting your symptoms under control. You may want to call back and see if they will offer you a sooner appointment or if they would be willing to put you on a cancellation list in case one comes up. I know it is easier said than done when you aren’t feeling that well, but often you really do need to advocate for yourself to get the care you need. As they say – it’s the squeaky wheel that often gets the grease!

    In the meantime, please remember that we are here to support you!

    ~Mariah~ (Site Moderator)

  • By StillFlaring

    Also, with extremely dry mouth, something simple you may want to consider is “Thrush” –

    Some simple home remedies you can try (and won’t hurt anything) while waiting for those elusive Dr Appts are: Stop any sugars, natural or processed, then:

    -making cinnamon tea and consuming every day, sprinkling it on your French toast, or adding it
    to yogurt. In fact, this is also one of the simplest yet most effective home remedies for oral
    thrush in adults and infants that people who are struggling with this health issue should learn
    and make use for good

    -Cranberry contains a compound named “arbutin” that can help to kill Candida albicans
    effectively. You can take cranberry tablets 2 – 3 times per day, eat fresh cranberries.
    You can also consume a glass of fresh, unsweetened cranberry juice 2 – 3 times on a daily basis for about 2 – 3 weeks to get rid of Candida yeast. This is actually one of the best home remedies for oral thrush

    – add 5 – 7 drops of pure tea tree oil to 1 cup of clean water to form a solution used in gargling. You just need to gargle with this mixture for about 2 – 3 minutes 2 times every day until the infection improved or totally eliminated. Caution: remember not to swallow this solution.

    -*** And my favorite – add coconut oil into your daily eating plan. You should begin with 1 teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil taken every day, and then raising the dosage gradually to up to 3 tbsp. of coconut oil per day. Alternatively, you can use coconut oil to topically applied onto your affected skin area 3 – 4 times on a daily basis until you see your symptoms improved.
    I love coconut oil for MANY things!
    Good luck!

    • By Jillian S Moderator

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share some natural remedies with our community. It sounds like you are an expert in this area! But if you are interested in reading more on this topic, I wanted to share our page on natural remedies, supplements and vitamins for RA.

      Natural remedies, supplements, and vitamins for RA

      Herbal analgesics (Part 2)

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Warm regards,
      Jillian ( Team)

  • By rndon94

    I was recently diagnosed with RA and Sjogren’s Syndrome, which is dry mouth, eyes, itchy skin, canker sores in mouth and a neuropathy type foot issue, all of which I have experienced but had no clue what the cause was until now. Tel your doctor, the blood tests I had do e specifically showed the Sjogren’s

  • By Diva55

    Hi I’m new , I just got diagnosed on May 3rd after getting my 3rd round of blood testing my RA Doctor started me on Methotrexate 2.5mg… I have so many emotions I’m not sure what to ask or do

  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    Hi Diva53! I think what you are experiencing is totally understandable. I won’t say “normal”, because I know it’s not normal for you! It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed by information and what ifs and all the decisions you have to make when you are newly diagnosed. This piece by one of our contributors is one of my personal favorites. Nan (the author) basically offers advice to her younger, newly diagnosed self — Please know you can do this and you don’t have to do it alone! We have a large, diverse community that “gets” what you are going through. If you haven’t already, you may want to check out our Facebook community as well — Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I know a fair amount of our members have personal experience with Methotrexate. Best of luck and know we are thinking of you! Best, Erin, Team Member.