my father was diagnosed about 6 months ago with rheumatoid arthritis -given a prednisone taper - and was down to 5mg daily as the methotrexate was begun. a few weeks after he landed in the hospital with a heart attack, it' is thought that the prednisone was causing him to retain water and pushed the events that triggered the heart attack,( he has crummy circulation and clogged arteries,but his heart always checked out ok)
the point is they sttopped his methotrexate and weaned him off the prednisone in like 2 days so after they put the stents in, they forgot to adress his arthiritis for a couple of days until i kept pushing them-the reason he was in so much pain was the arthritis. long story short he is back on methotrexate and he feels like garbage - now in his second week back on it- i think he takes 3 pills once a week. he keeps saying he has heartburn, but he's not eating very much, lost a lot of weight in the hospital.
does anyone know if this sounds like the methotrexate is making him sick-no apetite- heart burn? and general malaise? is their some other treatment to go to next with his heart condition? and also he only has one functioning kidney.
sorry this is so long i can't sum it all up yet.
he is 79 smoked for 30 years (quit 20 years ago) thus the clogged arteries. and the methotrexatedoes help his pain.
thanks to anyone that took the time to read it.
just last summer he was playing golf, ow he can barely walk a block.