MelanieIIB's Journey:

Patient: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Patient Info: Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 61

  1. 1
    almost 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had occasional extreme itching in hands and feet. When I would rub them, they would turn red, swell, and burn. Didn't know if it was a type of neuropathy from chemo and targeted therapy drugs. Oncologist tole me to see Rheumatologist. Blood test showed high RF factor indicating Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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  2. 2
    almost 4 years ago
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    Whether or not to take Plaquenil

    Decision Point

    One possible side effect effects the eyes. High am very near-sighted in one eye and the other eye is a "lazy" eye. Asked ophthalmologist and she said given my particular eye problems, it would not be a good idea to take the risk.

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  3. 3
    almost 4 years ago
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    Have to decide to take Methotrexate

    Decision Point

    A bit nervous to take Methotrexate. It is technically a chemo drug. Supposed to take Folic Acid everyday while on Methotrexate to help minimize side effects. Told the earlier I start a drug for RA, the better my outcome may be. Have a sister and aunt who took medication for RA years ago, when they were first diagnosed, and neither one has had to take medication again for RA.

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