Please Help, Very Worried-Methotrexate

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cbk
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   Posted 4/11/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I screwed up..badly.
 
I'm on injections of Methotrexate 25 mg for about 6 months now. I was told that I'm allowed to have a few drinks, but I think I pushed my limit a few times in the past week.
 
There are a few painless bruises on my legs and in such random spots that its impossible it could be from me bumping into something. There are also in a weird pattern, and you can see where the blood vessel popped based on the dot inside of the bruise.
 
Lately, and before the increased drinking, I've had very dark stools. I'm tired also.
 
I realize that the dark stools and the tired issue can be just a Crohn's thing, as I can feel that my disease is a bit active right now.
 
The bruising thing is worrying me tho. Could I really have damaged my liver that quickly?

sjkly
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   Posted 4/11/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you taking folic acid. That helps protect your liver. If you are worried about you liver call your doctor and have them do the liver function tests. If you have done some damage and you stop abusing your liver you can prevent further damage and sometimes damage can reverse itself. I doubt you have done any serious damage but I would ask for the test anyway-It should be standard at six-months.
Sj

cbk
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   Posted 4/11/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for your reply!

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   Posted 4/11/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
with mtx you need to have liver function tests done at least every three months. I do mine every month. I have had one drink since starting mtx and got so sick that I decided it was best not to drink.
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cbk
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   Posted 4/11/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
You got sick from just one drink??

I had three last night, which is probably pushing it but I'm really hoping thats not enough to cause bruising, etc. No other signs tho of being sick..not nauseous or anything.

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   Posted 4/11/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
The bruising could be caused by a blood condition relating to platelets. Get a blood test immediately if any more bruising occurs. If you develop a rash of pin point red spots, if you have a nose bleed, if your gums start bleeding or if you spot any purplish welts go to an emergency room immediately and have your platelet counts done. Thrombocytopenia is a potentially life threatening emergency, but can usually be reversed with either a transfusion of immuno-globulins and/or steroids.
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cbk
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   Posted 4/11/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
and that just made me paranoid

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   Posted 4/11/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Getting the blood work done is easier than worrying about it.

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   Posted 4/11/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I would give your doctor a call, you will feel better just knowing one way or the other. Maybe even call your pharmacist. Take care of yourself!! Wishing you the best of health!!! Take care.
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