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Old 09-13-2019, 11:09   #1
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rheumatoid arthritis

or rather seronegative rheumatoid arthritis ( impression is chronic inflammatory oligoarthritis). Negative anti CCP, negative ANA, negative RF., but 38 ESR and over 40 CRP. Swollen, tender wrists for a week. Can't even pick up pillow from ground.

Anyone ever deal with a patient diagnosed or such or yourself?
Is it as "done deal" as regular rheumatoid arthritis?
Currently on diflofenac (NSAIDS), prednisolone (steroid), metotrexate (DMARDS).

When one goes from being able to hold .45 match load in one hand slinging 5 rounds to 2 inches group at 25 in less than 10 sec to having to ask someone to open a juice bottle, one either loses mind or grows humble Come to think of it, I've had "flare up" since back in active duty, but less than 24 hours and resolved with NSAIDS and rest. Army diagnosed only as tenosynovitis. This time it was over a week and NSAIDS/splinting didnt do anything...I had to rotate ice and hot water to make the pain subside !
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Old 09-13-2019, 13:43   #2
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When one goes from being able to hold .45 match load in one hand slinging 5 rounds to 2 inches group at 25 in less than 10 sec to having to ask someone to open a juice bottle,

Not a doc,, but is there a "carpal tunnel" syndrome for pistol shooters??
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Old 09-14-2019, 13:05   #3
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or rather seronegative rheumatoid arthritis ( impression is chronic inflammatory oligoarthritis). Negative anti CCP, negative ANA, negative RF., but 38 ESR and over 40 CRP. Swollen, tender wrists for a week. Can't even pick up pillow from ground.

Anyone ever deal with a patient diagnosed or such or yourself?
Is it as "done deal" as regular rheumatoid arthritis?
Currently on diflofenac (NSAIDS), prednisolone (steroid), metotrexate (DMARDS).

When one goes from being able to hold .45 match load in one hand slinging 5 rounds to 2 inches group at 25 in less than 10 sec to having to ask someone to open a juice bottle, one either loses mind or grows humble Come to think of it, I've had "flare up" since back in active duty, but less than 24 hours and resolved with NSAIDS and rest. Army diagnosed only as tenosynovitis. This time it was over a week and NSAIDS/splinting didnt do anything...I had to rotate ice and hot water to make the pain subside !
Frostfire, I real feel for you. My father had a good dose of rheumatoid arthritis when he was in his late 20s and pained him for many years. He was generally a very positive guy but that disease constantly did a number on him. Hopefully drugs are better now to alleviate the pain associated with that.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:26   #4
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Not a doc,, but is there a "carpal tunnel" syndrome for pistol shooters??
Yea, got myself checked mid season few years back for it but the nerve test was negative.Truly it seems in the nature-nurture-choice continuum, I have all the training, will, desire n mindset to achieve high performance....but not the genes to sustain it!
Come to think of it, every year at Perry during the weeklong nationals I was maxed out on ibuprofen everyday + ice. The team SGM was always eager to put me in every team relay. Too prideful n eager to achieve to look after no. 1 I guess

Thanks Chucko. The signs were there all along I guess. Certain atmospherics n long flight had always done me a number. Yes, meds are doing their job n I’m back in the gym. Follow up in a month
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:04   #5
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My wife suffers from RA, she was on meds for years, but now controls all but flare ups with diet.

Patriot Power green supplement in AM (reduces inflammation) I take this to just for my inflammation level.

Stay away from night shade plants (tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. and cut down your carb intake).

No processed foods. (If it comes in a box or bag or has preservatives)

Works for her and she still goes every 3 months to have her blood work done and see her rheumatologist.

All the best to you!

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Old 10-17-2019, 04:45   #6
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My wife has had RA for ten years and has tried a wide variety of med, diets, etc. She is finally on Remicade and it has worked wonders. She gets an infusion every six weeks. It is very expensive but Tricare covers it.
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:01   #7
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thanks fred.

Currently on methotrexate, steroid and NSAID. Hardly any symptoms left, but boy the side effects of methorexate are something else...
It didnt help that I volunteered to escort multinational VIPs for 20km rocky trek at 6000 ft. I just thought back in the day, 12 miles in 2:45 to 3 hrs with 35lb+, no problem. Well, back in the day is just that....back then lol Slept 14 hours afterwards
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My wife was on the methotrexate, steroid, NSAID cocktail and it caused her more problems than it solved. Remicade has worked wonders. No more steroids or NSAIDs.
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