Methotrexate Update


Well, I saw rheumy.  And I am back on methotrexate!  Yep, I’ve come back from my position of ‘I am never ever taking this horrible stuff again!’ and am giving it another try.  I’m taking a lower dose, back to 7.5 mg, and so far the side effects are manageable.

Am I nauseous?  Yep, but only for the first two days.  Tired?  Yep, those first two days are a bitch. I need to rest, and I definitely can’t exercise at all.  Meth brain?  Yep, still there.  Vague, vague, vague….must write everything down!  Lucky I’m a list making type…

Stomach ache, headache…yep, but it’s mild.  I can do 7.5mg of methotrexate.  The plan is to taper up slowly.  The aim is to get to 15mg.  Double my current dose.  Slow and steady.  I’m going to up the dose every four weeks.  And see if the flares improve.

I’m just coming out of one of my worst flares ever, so I need to persevere.  Methotrexate is not pretty, but neither is rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis or any kind of the inflammatory arthritis.  Methotrexate is my best shot at living anything close to a normal life, so I have to persevere.  And it works wonders for millions of people.  Maybe for me too.  I just need to give it more time.  And hope for the best.

I’d love to hear other people’s methotrexate stories….I’ll keep you posted…


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