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gill1234
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/23/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone  i have just  joined this forum after looking up on the net about Methotrexate i have  a strong feeling i will  be  prescribed this  as  Sulphasalazine  seems to be not working now , i see my  consultant on monday 5th march i am worried  about  takeing Methotrexate as i have  heard some  horror storys  could anyone here  put my mind at rest  ?
 
Thank you  , and i hope you are all  having a pain free  evening
 

Ducky
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   Posted 2/23/2007 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there! Welcome to the forum! What type of Arthritis do you have? How long were you taking Sulphasalazine? There are a great bunch of people here.. you are in good hands.. I am looking forward to more of your posts.. take good care...

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gill1234
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/23/2007 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi  thanks  for  the  welcome  i have  rheumatoid  arthritis  i  have  had it  it  for  13  years  now . I used  to take  hydroxychlorine  till  5  years   ago  then i  was in hospital for a month  and since then have been taking  sulphasalizine ( which  has been  really  good  up  to this  last  few  weeks ) my  bloods  tests  have  been ok  with  ESR   count  of  25  to  35  which is  really  good  for  me  though  white blood count as  been low . anyway i  am  now  have  problems   alot of  stiffness  and  pain  and  feeling  unwell , i remember  my  consultant  telling  me    a while  ago  about  Methotrexate and to  be  honest  i  am  worried  about it  i  also  take   indomathicin  twice  aday   which  helps but  not  enough
 
I have noticed  that on here there is people  with  much  worse  problems so  maybe  i  am lucky  so i  am  sorry  folks  if  i  sound like  a  whinger
 
take  good  care yourself

yalinda
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   Posted 2/23/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
hey no horror here with mtx..... i have done just fine on it :) of course i couldnt take sulfazine with it that drug made me feel like i was on a bad boat ride! lol i take the mtx friday nights and might be a bit tired on saturday but generally not at this point. i have been on it a year now. my doctor buitl me up slowly on it increasing it with my tolerance. i use to take it on saturday mornings but i felt it ruined my whole day being tired so i find friday nights to work for me. i take 20 mg once a week and folic acid .... when i remember daily lol. i use to take prednisone with it but i no longer do. it was hard coming off the prednisone but i seem to be ok as of late? knock on wood :) good luck with the mtx and kee us posted! yalinda

gill1234
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 2/24/2007 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks yalinda your reply has helped me i will  if i go on mtx take your advice 
I think trying new meds is always a bit daunting because of the side effects you may have
When i went on sulphasalizine i didnt experience  much side  effects  only feeling a bit  sick at the beginning so i thought i was  lucky though it   took around 4 months  before it helped me feel better
 
MTX however   does worry me  i believe there is a small  amount of chemotherapy in it i just  wish that sulphalizine was still  doing it  job

seechell
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 2/24/2007 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi and Welcome-

I was on methotrexate for awhile and liked it. I had to quit taking it because I couldn't afford the Dr. visits and blood work every six weeks. I tried sulfasalazine and it was working until it gave me bad mouth sores. I tried taking folic acid to counteract the sores, but it didn't work. So right now, I'm only taking 4-325mg aspirin 3x a day. I know that's alot and when I get a cut, it gushes for a long time. But you do what you gotta do. I wish you good luck with the methotrexate.


Take Care,
               Chelle
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AkiPuppy
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 52
   Posted 2/24/2007 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
Welcome for the forum. They are a great bunch of people here. I have only been here for about two weeks now and have found out about alot of interesting people and info. I am taking MTX three on Wednesday. I had to work up to that and as long as I don't take anympore than that I am ok. I also take the folic acid as they DR says that is really important. I am also on remicade infussions every eight weeks. I have know I had RA for almost four years now. Good luck and I look forward to more of your posts. Take care.
AkiPuppy

gill1234
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 2/24/2007 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi well  thankyou all  for your positive  replys , like i said its not definate that i will be going on MTX  he said i was not to worry  if sulphasalizine  stopped working  as  MTX  is a drug which he would consider prescribing to me and as  i feel sulphasalizine is now not working as good this will  be the  next  step .My last major flare up  was 5  years ago when i was hospital and i had ESR  count of 127  which  was  the worst i ever felt my dr. said  that he would keep a close eye on me and if my ESRs start to rise  and my symptons worsened he would change my medication . I  do feel  however that this is now the case  my symptons are worsening  and  generally  feel  unwell a bit  depressed and i have a lost abit of weight . There is no way i want to be as ill  as  i  was   5  years ago so if MTX is the way forward  then  i will embrace it and take all your advice on board  thanks again i will keep you posted ( 9 days to go  for my next app.)

i hope you are  all keeping well

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