Can flare ups not show in blood results
Hi all, I’m looking for some advice really.
For the past year I’ve been experiencing acute flare-ups every month. At first it was just around my period so put it down to hormones, but recently I’m getting at least two flare-ups across different joints each time. The strange thing is it’s not showing up in my blood inflammation markers.
Has anyone else experienced this?
I tend to treat these flare ups with Naproxen and codeine.
I did see a new Rheumatologist, at a new hospital this week and when I told him about the flares he suggested I combine Hydroxychloroquine with my current Sulfasalazine. At first I declined as I had some unwanted (but liveable) side effects Hydroxy (I got terrible acne - please no judgement, I was in a client facing role at the time and it killed my confidence). Hydroxy eventually stopped working.
because the flare ups aren’t showing in blood results the rheumatologist suggested I continue treating these flare ups with naproxen, but I’m now thinking it’s not a proper treatment plan, especially as they are becoming more frequent and I have degenerative RA.
theres alot of stress in my life at the moment and other health complications are arising (pre-diabetic and high blood pressure), so i don’t know what is affecting the other. I feel a bit of a mess if I’m honest.
any advice or recommendations is greatly appreciated.
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