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   Posted 11/21/2011 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Had a good RA Doctor visit today, I told him how much it dried me out,
and he listened so we talked about iv saline, so on Thursday I resume the mtx
(methotrexate) and next Thursday go in and get a iv saline. fingers
crossed that this will help with all my dryness, I'm happy and have hope
He could tell by feeling all my joints how swollen I was, I do have a limp, but
he said I walked good for being in pain, but I can hide it, after so many years of bad
doctors and such I've gotten a tolerance to my pain, except on really bad days,
but even then I exercise at home on my recumbent bike and do pt exercises...
But it was a good doctor visit and I have something to hope for...
and I see my new PM Doctor on December 20...
Many well wishes to everyone for low pain days...

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   Posted 11/21/2011 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you had a good doctor visit. I get what you mean about being able to hide it. Sometimes I think I am not showing my symptoms as clearly as people expect because of going so long now without any relief, so I am sorta mroe tolerant of it or something.

Hope you have some good days too. :) My next PM doctor app is on the 28th.
--Patrick, aka Misterkatamari

I'm active on several boards. Main issues are: Chronic Pain due to Scoliosis & 2 Herniated Discs, possible DDD and arthritic facet joints. Also active in the Depression/Anxiety boards. Meds include: Prozac 40mg, Xanax .5 mg, Tramadol 50mg

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   Posted 11/21/2011 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Chart glad to hear your appt went well. I am a little confused about what happened with you and the methotrexate, you said it dried you out. Does the dr think this is a side effect from it, or I guess the proper question is, is this a normal side effect if the drug? Is there something different he can try you on? Hope the IV helps but not sure I understand whats happened, lol. Take care.
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   Posted 11/21/2011 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes Methotrexate can cause dryness, and that with the sjogrens was too much
and methotrexate is about the only option for me due to reactions
to the other medicines for rheumatoid arthritis, plaqenil made me sick,
sulfa medicines also had a huge drying effect on me and the doctor
is very concerned about the other medicines such as humira and thinks
those are to dangerous for mtx is my last hope, it was working
but then when I slowly increased it per doc orders it just dryed me out,
so hoping that the iv saline will keep me hydrated and believe me I'm drink enough water...
sjogrens doesn't help....
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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   Posted 11/22/2011 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad your appointment went so well, good luck.

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   Posted 11/22/2011 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Im glad your dr appt. went well.GL to you.
Chronic back pain and Fibro.

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   Posted 11/22/2011 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chart,

Glad you had a good appointment.... hope the IV helps w/ your hydration....

and I hope you have a good appointment w/ the new PM. Keep us posted.


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   Posted 11/23/2011 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear things are looking up for you Chart!! You certainly deserve some happy days!!


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   Posted 11/24/2011 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so glad things are improving for you Chart! I hope it makes for a Happy Thanksgiving!
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   Posted 11/24/2011 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Very happy that you got some good news, new hope for MTX, Chartreux. Hope you start feeling better and better. Happy Thanksgiving, sweetie!
Fibromyalgia, Seronegative RA, Asthma, High BP, DDD, Bulging Discs in Cervical & Lumbar Spine, GERD, Prediabetic
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   Posted 11/24/2011 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chart
Glad to hear some good news. Hope things go better than expected. Good luck, will be thinking and praying about you. Let us know how it goes. All my best.
Chronic Back Pain, Anxiety, A little Depression, Left foot problems...foot growing in length and big toe growing out sideways, Osteoporosis,11 surgeries total..right foot twice, right knee 3 times, right elbow, throat/neck, spinal fusion, left elbow, left knee, currently deciding on whether to have surgery on left foot.
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