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Ms Howe
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 6/21/2005 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!  I have just recently been diagnosed with RA.  I thought I had a deadly disease for a while. 
Has anyone ever had a problem with your hands going numb, especially at night?
I also am going to start Methotrexate, as soon as I get up the courage to do it.  I read about it and it has so many bad side effects that I am a little hesitant to take it.  Have a lot of you been on it? How was it?
My husband has been really good, but he feels that I am using RA to get out of doing things that I don't want to do. I find that with this sickness, noone thinks you are really sick because you don't look sick and sometimes you can do most everything. My mother-in-law told me she has arthritis too but she just doesn't let it get to her.  I wish I could do that.
Overall I think I am doing OK, but it does kind of suck, some days.

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   Posted 6/22/2005 4:59 AM (GMT -6)   
..Ms Howe.......Welcome to Healing Well..........there is an arthritis forum where you are going to find alot of great peeps to help you out and answer any questions and concerns you may have ...........I take methotrexate for other disease and I find that the side effects are over rated least for me ........Yes i get tired out from it and my vision does get blurry but I know that for me it has been a miracle drug and has lessened my problems alot .............There are so many that do not understnd Chronic illness and it is hard to live with it ........your hubby is welcome to check out the arthritis forum as well to get an idea of what others go thru on a daily basis ........I wish you all the best and you take care and God Bless .......Lyn
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 6/23/2005 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Ms. Howe,

I have to agree with Lyn. I was put on methotrexate last August. I started off on a low dose and it was gradually increased. I now take 7 tablets that are 2.5 mg per week. The only side effect I have is that it makes me very tired and sometimes I get sick to my stomach, but not always. I went off of it for 3 weeks only because I never seemed to get to the pharmacy for my refill. By the third week I could not even bend down to the second shelf of the fridge to get out a can of diet coke. So I went to the pharmacy that night. I had to go back to 4 tablets and have just now gotten back up to 7 tablets. It takes awhile to work so do not expect miracles over night. I would say that I did not notice a big difference until January. I have psoriatric arthritis along with several other conditions and it is a lot like RA. I hear you when you say about people who say they just get on with it. Oh how I wish I could do that. Some days are better than others. However I definately can not do what I did 3 years ago. However I can do more than I could do in September of this year, so things are looking up. Hang in there. My prayers are with you.


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   Posted 6/23/2005 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Ms. How and Welcome,

I hope you've found the arthritus forum . . . but I'd be happy to comment as well.

I just started taking meth. I've taken two doses now. I didn't get sick at all. It did make me feel sleepy. I have chronic fatigue, but this is differen't . . . but a nap here and there does the trick. Make sure to drink lots of water ther day before and the day of treatment and I take mine an hour before bed.

I have the hands and feet falling asleep too. My rheumy said to wear wrist splints to bed. I have been doing that for months and the hands still fall asleep. Now, this week, they seem to be NOT falling asleep at night. I am still wearing my wrist splints to protect my wrists . . . but after another week or two w/o symptoms, I might try no splint.

Hope you find lots of help in the arthritus forum!

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