... arthritis. My hands, wrists and finger joints actually hurt more. Don't know if it's the medicine or I'm just getting worse
I've been on Otezla now for 3 weeks and I'm pretty sure my pain and joints are much worse, or I've developed the worse flare I've had in over 15 years. I'm calling my rheumatologist tomorrow and I hate to give him the bad news. He was so sure this drug would actually "cure" me and he never has used that word with me before.
I am about 30 days now. Fairly new to arthritis. Psoriasis gone, most joint pain improved (I think) awakened last night with terrible headache and real bad joint pain... felt like it was coming in flashes... thought, maybe allergic response. I took advil went back to bed (what else can you do) awoke hours later pain gone. Still trying to work through head aches, several a day and diarrhea which is improving somewhat. Everything back to normal this afternoon.
Hi! Otezla is helping me a lot. Here's a few bits of advice for the headache, for me, it was mostly a sinus headache so if I took Mucinex, didn't bother me much. ALSO, here is what really works. I take Otezla after lunch or in the afternoon and don't feel any side effects. Then when my stomach is empty I take it at about midnight. It seems that I get more of a headache, etc. on an empty stomach. Then when I wake up, I feel fine. As far as any swelling, try some potassium. The initial swelling seemed to be more salt related and general fluid retention. Potassium is good at regulating that. Also B complex helps there. Also magnesium is good for the muscles, etc. I have been on a lot of heavy duty meds (got horrible infections when on remicade - though it helped a lot and felt worse on the enbrel so... +other meds for other things). I have found that with many meds, taking the right supplement helps as they seem to deplete some while others a different vitamin.
I only had a little diarrhea and took pepto bismal at first which helped. Also some probiotic is helpful. I didn't have much of a problem there though.
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