So, for the past few months I’ve been coming out of the gap. I’ve been on a combination of Enbrel and Methotrexate for about 4 months now, and I’m completely off prednisone (yay!). While I’m definitely feeling drastically better, I don’t feel great. (Just for reference, I’m 26, was diagnosed fairly quickly; rheumatologist doesn’t think there is any permanent joint damage at this point). I’m still having pain in one hip, and in my knees (not severe, but still there). At first I though maybe it was de-conditioning from being so sedentary for nearly a year, but I’ve been walking a lot, doing occasional classes at the gym, yoga, etc. and I’m not feeling continued improvement/still not feeling back to myself.
I’m still waiting on blood test results, but I can feel that general inflammation is much lower.
I suppose my question is: what is life supposed to be like once you’re out of the gap? I’m not sure if this is my new normal. I was expecting to bounce back a bit easier since there’s no joint damage. I’m nervous about trying or switching to other medications because things have been so much better on enbrel and I don’t want to mess anything up.
Is there anything that I can do that may help things continue to get better while not changing my meds?