I understand an oncologist or rheumatologist must give the MTX injections, patients cannot do it themselves. My GI is 1.5hrs away and I'm in the process of getting a local oncologist to give me the shots for 6wks so I don't have to drive forever just for a jab in the arm. He usually only treats cancer patients, not CD patients, and he has been in contact with my GI Dr and insurance. My local family practice clinic didn't feel comfortable giving me the injections and my local hospital has no out-patient department, but they referred me to the oncologist who comes to my town once/week.
Next Tuesday is The Day.
I cannot think that my CD is very bad, though I have not been in a remission since I was Dx'd in late 2001. At that time, it was thought to be (and treated as) Ulcerative Colitis. It wasn't until my surgery that the pathology on the removed section came back definitively Crohn's. My surgery was intended to be a colectomy (removing the colon) and having a colostomy bag, creating a J-pouch (like a poop-bladder) and then a second surgery to remove the bag and connect the small intestine to the J-pouch.
When the surgeon got inside, he didn't find things as he expected. He found one major area of diseased colon and everything else looked pretty darn good, to him. So, he changed the parameters of the surgery on the fly and only removed the damaged portion and reconnected everything internally, so no bag for me! I'm feeling very well, since the surgery. Very little D and almost normal poops, though the frequency is still pretty high, IMO.
I've tried asacol, colazal and balsalazide with no positive results.
High doses of prednisone (60mg then tapering down) gave me the best results, but they also raised my blood pressure and made me gain 50# in a short amount of time. ...and you can't stay on steroids forever...
We moved on to 6MP, which gave me jaundice.
The Big Gun of Remicade gave me no relief.
Surgery is what did the trick for me, though I still have symptoms and we are now about to try MTX and see how I do with it.
Cattle Pens, is that Team Penning? I've always wanted to try that, but I ride mostly for pleasure around the home, fields and trails. I also prefer riding bareback. I have a small Paso Fino, and I think some of the cattle would be bigger than her! 0_o
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry.
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC. No remission. 5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon. Dx changed to Crohn's. Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.