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Methotrexate

Methotrexate

I was just diagnosed with seronegative ra. My dr wants to put me on methotrexate. Has anyone taken this? Does it work? My pain is so bad I can barely move. Only thing that works is steroids for pain. I am 36 and just got my diagnosis Thursday so I’m totally clueless and scared as to what’s going on. Any insight would be appreciated!

A myRAteam Member said:

I was on methotrexate pills then shots with very little side effects just a headache the day after injections. You have to take folic acid and citrate… read more

posted 5 days ago

Has anyone opted out of the medicine?

Has anyone opted out of the medicine?

Doctors say it could be RA or some sort of infection. Has anybody be prescribed an antibiotic

A myRAteam Member said:

Thanks for your insight. I have another appointment next week so I’ll speak to my doctor about my concerns

posted 17 days ago

Worse?

Worse?

Yes, i know it takes a while for ra meds to kick in, i get that. But i have been on methotrexate for a month now and i feel worse like worse than what i did before i even started any medication at all. My joints are more swollen. I am in a ton of pain, im limping now cuz i cant even put weight on my knees hardly my elbows feel like they are bein ripped out of their socket and my wrists just seriously bad. Does this make any sense? I mean i know i could be in a flare but why am i getting worse and worse as… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

What kind of cannibis oil do u use?

posted about 14 hours ago

Does anyone get anxiety triggered from the pain?

Does anyone get anxiety triggered from the pain?

I've been in a bad flare since May and daily hard to manage pain that has triggered bad anxiety. Does anyone experience this from the pain and how do you deal with it?

A myRAteam Member said:

I have bad anxiety also- very hard to cope. I take my dogs for a country ride and listen to the radio

posted 12 days ago

RA, Lupus, Sjorgrens and whatever else

RA, Lupus, Sjorgrens and whatever else

I was wondering if anyone has had a reaction to biological xeljanz. It worked great and then I got a big infection in my lower jaw that the heavy antibiotics almost didn’t cut. I am still having a few problems with the infection. I have a root canal and cap there plus a bridge. Don’t know where the infection came from. Starting to go down and still have a hard time opening my mouth all the way because of my jaw.

A myRAteam Member said:

Thanks. I did get anemic but it is built back up and my white counts are a little high

posted 19 days ago

Does anyone else have horrific pain in arms like someone is ripping the muscles out?

Does anyone else have horrific pain in arms like someone is ripping the muscles out?

I have had RA for over 10 years but lately my pain is so much worse. At times it feels as though someone is ripping my muscles off. If I use my hands they cramp up. My shoulder hurts so bad, like it's on the verge of being frozen again, that it's impossible to sleep, get dressed, take a shower, etc. I don't know if this is all RA or something else?

A myRAteam Member said:

I'm going through the shoulder pain now, I just had pain injections Friday on C 4/5/6 and now my shoulder is hurting, can't sleep, can't get… read more

posted 15 days ago

What kind of vitamins is everyone taking.

What kind of vitamins is everyone taking.

I am extremely tired all the time. My regular doctor says it is because of all the meds that I take for my heart disease. Just looking for suggestions on some kind of vitamin or vitamins that I can take that will help with my being tired all the time.

A myRAteam Member said:

I take a One a Day Vitamins with calcium,iron and zinc, magnesium, and B-Complex with vitamin C, I have been trying this for about a month and it is… read more

posted 15 days ago

How could you tell if the medication ( methotrexate)works?

How could you tell if the medication ( methotrexate)works?

Was diagnosed with RA & fibromyalgia 12/2018. RF- but anti-CCP is (+). Was put on sulfasalazine initially but don’t feel anything different. There’s no day that I don’t have multiple joint pain. April 2019, methotrexate was added and same thing. The specific joint pain I have in the several months may go away but another joint and muscle pain starts. It is so depressing because I’m an active, multi tasker person before RA. The advise I got from my… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

I know exactly how you feel honey. I am almost afraid to do anything because just the slightest twist of my arm brings tears to my eyes and causes… read more

posted 18 days ago

Dose of Hydromorphone

Dose of Hydromorphone

For those of you who have a Doctor who is willing to prescribe Narcotics, what dose of Hydromorphone do you take, on occasion, when your usual dose of Narcotics is not relieving your pain?

A myRAteam Member said:

Just like me . Some of them have made me sooo sick that being methotrexate. Yuk.

posted 6 days ago

No synovitis or joint damage on hand ultrasounds. What's going on?

No synovitis or joint damage on hand ultrasounds. What's going on?

Hi all,
I had a hand ultrasound done when I was first diagnosed 5 months ago, and another one a few weeks ago. Neither one of these showed any joint damage or swelling in the joints, even though my hands are visibly swollen. The ultrasound tech said it looks like the swelling is in other areas of my fingers, but not in the joint spaces. The radiologist said there is no evidence of synovitis both times. I have all other symptoms of RA minus this and… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

Same situation with me. All lab work came back fine. Dr. said that’s good as no systemic damage to my body. Currently titrating down my prednisone and… read more

posted 3 days ago
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