I've been a good employee at my job writing proposals for 3 years. I had to go on disability (through work) the last week of April this year, after being diagnosed with RA and dragging myself to work in absolute agony the last few weeks I was there. I started MTX once a week on June 20-5 weeks ago (after a battery of testing from stem to stern to rule out any other causes for my pain/symptoms), and at that time my rheumy said I would need to be off work at least 3 months, which I told my work. I don't think the MTX is really working yet, as I still have pain, although it's lessened, and I sleep 12-16 hrs/day. I read it can take up to 3 months to kick in. Can anyone tell me how long it took for your MTX to kick in, and how you really knew it was working?
I saw my rheumy yesterday with increased pain from decreasing the prednisone too much too soon, and he put me on a shock schedule of prednisone for the next 3 days to knock out the inflammation, then I'll go back to my old dosage, so maybe the prednisone is making me panic, but I asked how much longer I would need to be off work and he said "3 months, at least". I don't know how to tell work, since I told them I needed to be off 3 months on June 9, which would have put me back in mid September. Now it's going to be mid October. I'm scared to tell work but it is what my doctor recommends, so I need to tell them.
I'm going to start Remicade in about
2 1/2 weeks (or as soon as Humana approves it), and since it's supposed to be this wonder drug, I wonder why I need to be off work so much longer. Question for my rheumy, but if anyone has any ideas why this would be the case I would be happy to hear them.
I'm just so afraid to tell work that I need more time off. I work at corporate Headquarters (only 10 people) and my boss, the VP, hasn't been responding to my emails. However, the president (his boss) has, and he just keeps telling me to "Stay the course", so I know he's on my side, and he makes the ultimate hiring/firing decisions, although my boss has his ear. I'm just scared, scared, scared and need some positive feedback please!!!
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Chronic Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Recovered Alcoholic w/15 years Continuous Sobriety
Post Edited (ladywriter) : 7/23/2009 2:39:09 AM (GMT-6)