Rheummy Appointment

Does anyone take MTX along with Imuran?
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erin.K
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   Posted 4/10/2006 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
OK, I finally think I have reached "good communication" with my rheumatologist.  AFTER A WHOLE YEAR!  It took a while yeah.  I think because I am not a senior citizen, he was uncomfortable with treating me.  I think he was a bit timid to take on a young patient.  I never see anyone under 60 in that office.
So friday's visit went well.  He seemed to actually show interest in my getting well & reaching remission.  :-) He seemed to be more pro-active.  We spoke about MTX and whenever I want to start it, I can!  I need to see/talk with a gyno first.  And then I can start the MTX.
He thinks it'll work the best with the Humira.
But...here's what confuses me.  He said that if I start taking the MTX, I would need to STOP taking Imuran!  huh?  GI said I should be on all 3.  Rheummy says he doesn't really agree with taking MTX with Imuran.  I don't get it?!!  Anyone taking Imuran while on MTX?  I know MTX works best with Humira, but I'm getting benefits from the Imuran! confused  
 
Getting my knees done thursday. sad Oh joy....OUCHIE!!!!
 
Yesterday, I was very very proud of myself.  My honey & I went for a LONG walk together.  yeah It was the longest distance I was able to accomplish in a very long time (about a year). My honey was very happy as well.  I suppose the prednisone had a lot to do with it.  I really pushed myself.  It was painful, but it boosted my confidance.
 
I sure hope that as the months go on, I start to make uphill improvements.
 
The big bummer of the weekend was tremendous "D" friday...OUCH! And I couldn't eat no more than 2 spoonfulls of food saturday.  And sunday it was very painful to eat. (terrible squeezing, cramping pains in left upper bowels) so there's most likely again, a stricture or acute inflammation or something. eyes so there goes Erin's 100 pound mark. LOL. oh well.
 
still truckin' on.
 
have a happy day.


Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.

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elcamino
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   Posted 4/10/2006 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   

Glad to hear your appointment went so well!  I have not taken methotrexate--been resisting it, but from what I know about it, you may get some very good results.  I'm not a doctor, of course, but Imuran is also an immunosuppressant, right?  So why would you take two immunosupressants?  I would think that might be dangerous? 

Elcamino


erin.K
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   Posted 4/10/2006 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
cool  well technically even now, i am taking more than one immunosuppressant.  Imuran, Pentasa, Prednisone & Humira all supress the immune system in one way or another.  a combo of immunosuppressants are used to control autoimmune disease (aka too much immune).
 
i'm praying & hoping very hard that i soon get a remission.
thanx!
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.

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