I am new to this group, and quite desperate for advice! I thank you in advance for reading my post and for any thoughts you take the time to share with me. I hope to be able to return the favor some time soon, when I am feeling better!
Here's my situation: A flare came on mid-April and I can't shake it (crazy intense costochondritis and pleuritis, lower rib/adominal pain, and fatigue). My standard meds are 300 mg Plaquinel, with "cycles" of Prednisone as needed.
My last cycle of Prednisone calmed things down temporarily, but my flare is still raging and my rheumatologist would like me to begin taking Methorexate. (In fact, she thinks I started taking it last week!) I was so freaked out by the side-effects and risks of Methotrexate, that today I sought out a second opinion from a different rheumatologist. I'm doing blood work, X-rays, and a CT scan for her first, but she says that her preliminary thoughts are that CellCept would be a better immunosupressent for me at this time.
If the second Rheumy had agreed that I should take Methotrexate, I'd make peace with the meds and begin taking them, but now I'm confused and oh-so-worried about making the right choice. Any thoughts/experiences with Methotrexate vs CellCept that you'd be willing to share with me?
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
--Nina2 (just plain "Nina" was already taken)