Posted 6/17/2013 9:57 PM (GMT -6)
The thing about reading side effects can cause undo worry, they do have to list them but, not everyone gets them. Are you going to be on the pills? or the injections? the injections by-pass the stomach and you have fewer stomach issues, you'll need to get folic acid scripted as the strenght(sp?) of store bought is not good enough so call and ask if your doctor will prescribe folic acid, folic acid also, reduces the side effects and the mtx can help, I was dx just like you, bloodwork all normal except one (forgot which one).
Make sure to get into your eye doctor as RA can effect the eye's and the RA meds can effect the eye's so, get pictures of your eye's before starting the mtx.
Do not be afraid of trying the methotrexate it can help, I did notice an improvement while on this medication and it has the fewest side effects, especially when compare to humira, embrel, orencia ect...
Plus the doctor does have to act agressively(sp?) with this disease to slow it's progression as they might be noticing damage done and once the damage is done it's not going to go away, so your doctor are doing great in wanting to get a control on this for you so you can live a good life without a lot of damage.
You seem to have a good team of doctor's, it took me years to get good doctors to notice and I'm also now paying for that cause I have joint damage.
You are not alone and we are here rooting for you and your doctor have your interests in heart. It can be very scary and overwhelming of course but treatments can help. My doctor had me slowly increasing the mtx injections, was at .2 for 3 weeks then .3 for 3 weeks and then .4 ect... and for RA it's only done once a week in either pill or injection, just once a week, I always chose Tuesdays for my injection did them at home without hubby around, on my own and for me that was the best. I could tell it helped because for the first time in a long time I had skinny knees and feet, it was wonderful and I hope to get back on mtx next week. If I get clerance to go back on mtx how about we each pick a day we can use and I'll do mine then posts and then you can do yours and posts, if you wish it...I'll know on this Wednesday and from there we can pick a date for our mtx day...just something for you to consider, okay???
Many well wishes and post back okay...things will work out, keep positive...