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Old 09-10-2016, 05:55 PM
 
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My spouse was recently diagnosed with RA. Her symptoms began with difficulty walking distances and stiffness and pain in her legs. After NUMEROUS testing to eliminate other diseases such as cancer and lupus, her titer count was very high and it was determined she has RA.

Her treatment began with Rifampin as she tested positive for TB. She has always tested positive for TB but other tests indicate she has never had it. Apparently she might have been exposed at one point in her life. She spent 4 months on Rifampin which is required to kill and infection in her body.

On top of the RA, she had bursitis in her hips so was given injections of steroids. The Rheumatologist started her on methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug which they found a minute amount helps to arrest RA. Along with that she takes folic acid and prednisone.

Interestingly, as her symptoms have worsened somewhat, the doctor told her they are due to the osteoarthritis, because the symptoms don't worsen until she is up and doing things, not when she first gets up in the morning, which would indicate it is the RA. So now she is waiting for approval from the insurance for Humira.
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