How much better should my RA medication make me feel?
I'm after some guidance of what my medication should be doing for me, please.
Diagnosed with RA 6 months ago, it's in my feet. 3 months of steroids and sulfasalazine had no effect whatsoever. I've now had methotrexate added to this, and just reached 3 months on that. Been reducing my steroid dose down to its current 5mg per day.
The methotrexate has certainly reduced the pain, it no longer hurts when I am sitting down. And I don't particularly feel much pain in my right foot any more. But I am still suffering with my left foot, particularly if I have been active for more than 3 hours in a day. I'd say, on an active day, it hurts about 80% as much as it did before I started medication. On a less active day it's about 50% as bad as it originally was.
Is this what I should be expecting from my medication or should it be doing more? I don't know if it's not quite working, or if my expectations are too high?
I have a follow-up with the RA nurse at the end of the month to see how the methotrexate is working and if I should end the steroids. I'd like to know other people's experiences so I have a benchmark to take into that session please.
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