Susie and Lynnwood,
I guess in my rambling I made some confusing statements that make sense to me only because I know the whole situation. My post was getting so long that I tried to shorten my explanation. I don't really know if the MTX is an anti-inflammatory (I thought it was a DMARD like the plaquenil?) but I was on plaquenil, prednisone, and Relafen (which is my current anti-inflammatory) and could not go off the prednisone without my inflammation going up and my joint pain increasing. My rhuemy, in her desire to get me off the prednisone, put me on MTX. After about
six weeks of the MTX I was able to go off the prednisone. I still take plaquenil, Relafen, MTX and folic acid. I just stopped a recent flare, however, with an additional 4 months of prednisone. I have noticed that I have a terrible time losing my weight that I gained from the first stint with the prednisone. I crave anything sweet while on prednisone and, also, while not on prednisone. It's like I have turned into one, big sweet tooth!
Also, Susie, I am not sure about
a link between lupus and cervical cancer. I did read about
a link between lupus and mono caused by the Epstien-Barre virus (EBV). I have also noticed that a lot of lupus sufferers seem to have endometriosis and/or fibroids. I am not aware of any scientific studies about
any of these maladies and lupus, however. I will be interested to see what others share about
Lupus and RA and LOTS of Medications!