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I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis...

  • I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I was first prescribed sulfasalazine but didn't improve on it after 7 weeks. My doc recently switched me to methotrexate and folic acid. She also gave me meloxicam and predisone to take as needed. I have not taken these last two.

    I've literally been on the methotrexate (4 pills taken one day a week) for 2 weeks. I'm not sure when tot expect it to start showing signs of working. Also, my face started breaking out in the next couple of days after taking the 2nd dose of methotrexate. I am feeling frustrated, and don't want to stop but also don't want to deal with the breakouts. Does anyone have any similar reactions to the medication?

    Thanks you very much.

    Post created 5 months 3 weeks ago

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  • I switched to the injections

    I switched to the injections 2 years ago and it is so much better. Whether you take the pills or the injections why not try only taking it at night just 4 bed , then you will likely sleep thru the nausea. You will also have a really good sleep.

    I agree with natural remedies but in combo with the tried and true. I have been taking some ayuravedic supplements from Gurus Garden since I was diagnosed 12 years ago and have been at 0 sed rate for the last 11. My rheumy finally had to admit it was helping as she had never had a patient that was able to lower the meds. Worth a look see (not cheap but well worth it.) Good luck and stay active and positive

    3 months 3 weeks ago

  • Started 12/2014 with RA. Put

    Started 12/2014 with RA. Put on sulfasalazine, did nothing for me after that started 3/2015 on methotrexate 8 pills once a week. It took about 4 weeks for me to see some improvement.I also took 10 mg of prednisone daily. The prednisone did the most help in beginning. I slowly worked down to 1 mg in Jan. 2016 and by the end of Jan. was off it. But on Jan 1st started on humira and dropped to 7 pills a week on methotrexate. The humira really helped, I'm down to 3 pills a week on methotrexate with humira. It has helped my RA to function. My blood work is all in line. I don't like taking anything, but I could not even open a door, or get out of bed easily. I want off Methotrexate and only take humira. No drugs are good, I hope for remission, but it is slow. Medicine takes along time to work on RA. Hope this helps

    3 months 3 weeks ago

  • Hello E. Jones

    Hello E. Jones

    My name is Sha Adams and with your permission may I suggest an alternative medicine to your health concerns. I believe that the body is designed by our Creator, to heal itself. All it needs is a boost from natural ingredients. As a naturopathic specialist, I prescribed various juices, that consist of vegetables, fruits, grains and spices.

    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Natural remedy: kale, mustard, collard, turnip greens, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, celery, one teaspoon of onions, one teaspoon of garlic(both grind) one tablespoon of cayenne spice, one half cup of barley grass powder mix. Blend all ingredients with either carrots or organic green tea. Drink it throughout the day. You can also make a paste consisting of cayenne and pure wintergreen oil, apply it to the area of pain. What I prescribed is a remedy whose objective is to stimulate your endorphins(natural pain killers in the body) and to calm your neurons(nerve cells)

    Nutrients involved: Vitamin B6, Boron, Calcium

    Give us a chance E. Jones we are here for you.

    Personal note: Everything that I have shared with all ehealthme.com members, regarding alternative medicine for he/she health problems. Well guess what, supermarkets and online shopping are selling the same juices, I put together for you; and they are not cheap!

    4 months 2 weeks ago

  • Rather than use weekly

    Rather than use weekly injection administered I assume by a Rheumatologist, I would try hard to fight/overcome the side effects of MTX pills, e.g. take at bedtime or use anti-nausea medications, usw.
    While I understand that those of us forced to take really effective medications do no want additionally to be saddled with anti-side effect drug upon anti-side effect drug, in in the case of MTX, come-on...

    4 months 2 weeks ago

  • You can use PanOxy for the

    You can use PanOxy for the breakouts. Remember, acne is caused by bacteria(usually already on your face or stuck in your pores). As for the Prednisone, I was on high dose oral for UC. I've NEVER felt so horrible in my life. It's as if some other living organism had taken over my body. Disorientation, swelling, I fell twice.The Meloxicam? You have to be very careful with that. It does affect your kidneys and does have the potential to affect your heart. I ALWAYS read as much as I can before ingesting any medications. The best of luck to you.

    4 months 2 weeks ago

  • Just a question:

    Just a question:

    Why are you all comfy with a prescription that has side effects in pill form but not in injection form? It is the same formulary.. I got bad side effects with it and won't go back on any form of it. It seems (convince me please otherwise) that side effects may just not be visible in injection form but still there in the background?? Side effects tell you something.

    4 months 3 weeks ago

  • What I can say in favor of

    What I can say in favor of methotrexate (MTX) is that it continues to work for me and has for over 20 years. I know that its efficacy continues because I recently got a severe case of shingles and my Rheumatologist immediately took me off the MTX. I got over the shingles in about one month, but my RA flared with a vengeance; luckily, the MTX benefit kicked back in within 3-4 weeks.
    Except for a need for a moderate dose prednisone shot once or twice a year, I continue to do quite well; of course, I'm aware that MTX could stop working for me at any time, so I keep my fingers crossed.
    For those of you with unpleasant side effects from your weekly MTX: My advice is to keep the big picture of RA control in the forefront and try to manage the relatively short-lived side effects. The cost/inconvenience of today's host of biologics seem to be worthwhile avoiding if at all possible.

    4 months 3 weeks ago

  • I was diagnosed with severe

    I was diagnosed with severe seropositive RA July 2015. I was initially on Methotrexate . I also had several side effects until my Rheumy switched me to injections. Most doctors will try the tablets first as it is less intrusive than injections. I had no side effects with injections. Unfortunately, the search for a treatment which will work for you takes time. Autoimmune disease is very complex and affects each individual in a unique way. Please be open to trying different drugs. They will find a combination that works for you.
    I may have gone at least ten years without a diagnoses. This makes finding a solution , very difficult. However, I am always so impressed with the effort made by all my specialists to find a treatment plan that works for me. So far not so lucky, but there are still a few options. I am now waiting to start Rituxan. It is a Biologic which will also treat Lymphoma at the same time. I am a little concerned about allergic reactions. I have been on seven drugs with no success. Hopefully, this will not be the situation you have but be patient. It may take months for the drug to work effectively.
    My biggest advantage has been finding a doctor that I trust completely. My Rheumy is FANTASTIC. She listens to my concerns and always takes my opinion into consideration. Unlike a lot of medical professionals, she is not threatened by a patient that is well informed. Please be active in your health care. Ask a lot of questions and read read read. There is a lot of information via internet. I seriously caution you only rely on ligitamate sites. A lot of scammers out there looking to profit from patients with chronic pain. There is no cure but remission can be achieved. This site is great . Ask others who live with the same or similar conditions. The reality is most severe autoimmune diseases come in groups. I currently have five autoimmune plus cardiac and cancer. Once the damage is done it will not be undone. I have met several people who chose to wait regarding Biologics . If you read any research the message is clear. Treat early and aggressively for the best outcome.
    There are many natural remidies available. These are not mutually exclusive. I stopped meds for three months. This was simply to get a baseline. I started so many different drugs at the same time that I did not know what my body was reacting to. I did that under medical supervision. Now I am back on Bisoprolol. Atorvastatin, Methotrexate, and Rituxan soon to begin.
    I would love feedback from anyone on Rituxan. Was it effective, where there side effects ?

    4 months 3 weeks ago

  • Hi just want to say that I

    Hi just want to say that I was prescribed methotrexate 8 pills once a week it make me feel nauseous and tried but also ask your doctor about remicade infusion it helped me a lot after the three treatment. Good luck I know your pain :-|

    4 months 3 weeks ago

  • Hi just want to say that I

    Hi just want to say that I was prescribed methotrexate 8 pills once a week it make me feel nauseous and tried but also ask your doctor about remicade infusion it helped me a lot after the three treatment. Good luck I know your pain :-|

    4 months 3 weeks ago

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