R A Flare with Jaw pain, feeling worried
I may be just writing this to calm myself down but any re-assurance or advice would help. I am trying so hard not to catastrophise but this has set off my health anxiety massively. Am I right to be so worried, will this cause serious damage? Unfortunately it’s a Bank Holiday tomorrow so I know it will be a struggle to get advice/re-assurance from the rheumy team or doctors.
I have rheumatoid arthritis & am on weekly biologic injections of Tocilizumab. I had to come off it for an unrelated operation for what ended up being 6 weeks. Went back on it, fine for 2 weeks then felt unwell just as my next jab was due so I didn’t take that weeks jab as doctor decided I had throat infection & gave me antibiotics called Clarithromycin.
Problem now is I have the worst flare I’ve had in months. My fingers are swollen & stiff, my knees & elbows sore but the thing I find most scary is the pain in my jaw and temple & sinus pressure (which I’m assuming might be what is called TMJ). I’ve never really had this before in 25 years + of this disease & was considering taking Predisolone steroid tablets, I have left over, but it says I can’t take them with the antibiotics I’m on (good job I checked). So I’m left just taking my celecoxib as an anti inflammatory & hoping it works.
Feeling so nervous, any advice?
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