As a new person to all this I'm struggling to get my head round what's happening and how best to deal with it.
My partner was diagnosed with palindromic arthritis by a specialist about 4 years ago which manifested in large swellings on his wrists and was prescribed to take naproxen as and when things were painful. More recently he has started to get severe pain in his neck which affects his ability to sleep and therefore concentrate at work. He's seen 2 GPs at his practice one who said it wasn't related and another who said it was. He was told to take the naproxen regularly which he has done but which has led to some unpleasant side effects.
Whilst visiting his parents in Italy recently they managed to get him to see a specialist who did blood tests and x-rays, the latter showing damage to the wrists and the development of spurs on his neck vertebrae. This specialist thought he had spondylitis and prescribed arcoxia and methotrexate. We revisited the GP on our return and he was happy for my partner to take the arcoxia but suggested delaying the methotrexate until he had seen a specialist - at last a referral. Meanwhile the arcoxia is failing to reduce the neck pain and is producing side effects including stomach problems and severe diarrhea to the point of incontinence. The GP who referred him is away so he was given telephone apointment with another GP who has suggested voltaren as an alternative.
Now we're not sure whether to change medication again or put up with the side effects until we get to see the specialist. we've been back and forth to the GPs about this so many times and been told different things that it's difficult to have much faith in them.
Any advice would be welcome. My partner is 50 and is really struggling with this right now, previously we just had to limit his driving when his wrists were bad but the inability to sleep and work effectively is really getting him down and I'm not sure how to best help with this.