Date: August 20, 2021 01:47PM
I'm sorry about the RA, cl2, although I know it's a relief once a diagnosis is made as at least you know the reason for the symptoms you've been experiencing and a treatment plan can be developed.
You mentioned that your mother had RA. It is believed that there is a genetic component.
Info from the Mayo Clinic:https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20353648
“Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder. An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues.
“Normally, your immune system helps protect your body from infection and disease. In rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system attacks healthy tissue in your joints. It can also cause medical problems with your heart, lungs, nerves, eyes and skin.
“Doctors don't know what starts this process, although a genetic component appears likely. While your genes don't actually cause rheumatoid arthritis, they can make you more likely to react to environmental factors — such as infection with certain viruses and bacteria — that may trigger the disease.
“Factors that may increase your risk of rheumatoid arthritis include:
“Your sex. Women are more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
“Age. Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age, but it most commonly begins in middle age.
“Family history. If a member of your family has rheumatoid arthritis, you may have an increased risk of the disease.”
Too, you mention being on hydroxychloroquine, in a thread about COVID-19, so to clarify for any reader who may jump to the wrong conclusions, you have been prescribed hydroxychloroquine for the rheumatoid arthritis, which is a known recommended treatment for RA.
Here’s an article about a study of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19 which concluded there is no benefit from the drug for patients diagnosed with CV.
From National Institutes of Health, (US Department of Health and Human Services), Nov 9, 2020 (the latest date I could find on this topic):https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/hydroxychloroquine-does-not-benefit-adults-hospitalized-covid-19
“The Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL) Clinical Trials Network of NHLBI started the trial in April at 34 hospitals across the United States and enrolled 479 of the expected 510 patients. By June, preliminary evidence indicated hydroxychloroquine was unlikely to offer any benefit.
“The finding that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for the treatment of COVID-19 was consistent across patient subgroups and for all evaluated outcomes, including clinical status, mortality, organ failures, duration of oxygen use, and hospital length of stay,” said Wesley Self, M.D., M.P.H., emergency medicine physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and PETAL Clinical Trials Network investigator who led the ORCHID trial. He also noted that the finding was consistent with similar trials in the United Kingdom and Brazil.”
Re the types of medications and vaccines that may be contraindicated in a person who has rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, of course your treating physician/s (GP, specialist/s) will be the best ones to advise you on that. Your caution to date is understandable and now you have more information about what you're working with.
Good luck with it all. It's true that "it's always something". Sometimes it feels like there isn't time to catch your breath. That's life!
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/20/2021 01:51PM by Nightingale.