Whenever I'm in a flare (which I currently am), I swell all over--I have to wear larger shoes, pants, blouses, etc. I elevate my legs, but the swelling does not completely go down overnight when I awake the next morning.
Would this be inflammatory arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis? My rheumy has me listed as a "high risk rheumatoid arthritis patient". All he can say is I have a lot of inflammation in my body. The bone scan and x-rays show joint damage but I do not have visible damage.
I take Plaquenil (200 mg) 2x day, Prednisolone (4 mg) 2x day, and was on Orencia but it stopped helping. I started Actemra (4mg) 2 weeks ago--and have been in a flare (and swollen) ever since. The rheumy says he will increase to 8 mg next infusion.
He doesn't seemed concerned about the swelling and placed the blame on the Prednisolone. My old rheumy would give me a Medrol dose pack to get the inflammation out of my body and stop the flare. The old rheumy said that was the only way to stop the inflammation cycle I was in.