I have a lot of pain in my hands and hip and knee
Ask your primary care physician for a referral to a Rheumatologist. Have you been diagnosed with RA? If so, then you should have been referred already. Everyone is different and there are many treatment options. I was diagnosed about 3 months ago due to severe pain, swelling, redness and heat in my wrists. My RA factor was off the charts. Saw a specialist right away who started me on prednisone to alleviate pain and symptoms.
He stated that Methotrexate is the "gold standard" for RA but due to the fact that I have previously had Cancer, I could not take that. He prescribed Plaquenil but I had to see an eye doctor and go through a very extensive series of tests to determine if I could take the medicine. Passed all tests and started the drug which can take up to 6 months to show effects. My Rheumatologist sees me monthly in follow-up and every 6 months with eye doctor. However, if I notice any eye changes I am to call immediately. Last Thursday I thought I might be having an issue and they saw me within an hour... it is that serious. Turned out ok but bottom line is that you must be diligent in follow up with docs.
It is also advisable to change your diet and focus on anti-inflammatory foods which basically equates to a plant based diet, eliminate or really cut down on alcohol consumption and do not smoke. Moderate exercise daily does help and I found aquatic exercise to be very helpful with pain. Good luck and make sure to do lots of research and be your own advocate!
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