I was diagnosed with RA about a year ago (well, first rheumatologist thought maybe sjogrens, then diagnosed undifferentiated connective tissue disease, but second rheumatologist said no it’s definitely RA so here I am.) My bloodwork has been pretty good on plaquenil and sulfasalazine, even though those are quite mild dmards. About a week ago, I woke with knee effusion– massive swelling and pain, I couldn’t bend or straighten the leg and couldn’t put any weight on it. Luckily, I was visiting my parents over the holidays so I had someone around to help me down stairs. I saw a rheumatologist here, who drained the excess fluid and injected cortisone. I’m doing a lot better now, I’m walking with a cane instead of barely being able to hobble across a room with a walker like a week ago, but I’m absolutely terrified about this happening again. As it is I’ve missed three days of work (at the end of a winter break, no less!) and I’m the only person who teaches what I teach, so time off is a big problem.
Im seeing my normal Doctor early next week when I’m back home, but I just wanted to know if anyone else has similar experiences to share? I know water on the knee is common enough in an RA flare, but most of what I can find online is geared towards knee effusion after trauma, rather than inflammatory arthritis.
I walk to work, my job is fairly active with lots of up and down stairs… So I’m pretty thoroughly freaked out by the thought of not being able to use my leg!