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Date: 04.02.2012
From: Paula

Subject: Give you update

Hi guys,
Hope you are keeping warm in this weather, it is ******* cold today, brrrrr!
Just to let you know what is happening. On Thursday i saw the rhumatologsit for my second appointment, she confimred the diagnosis of RA and gave me a presciption for methotrexate. My starting dose is 15mg. I take co dryamol for the pain as well. I started the first dose this morning, so see what happens. I was given a methotrexate booklet, i could not have hydrochrolqueine as it does not interact well with the other medication i am on. I was given a steroid injection because i was in a lot of pain and really stiff. She was really nice and spoke to me like a decision, we made decision together not like what some doctors are where they talk at you not to you. I am due to see the GP next week, i saw her a few weeks ago, and she was not happy about the methotrexate because of the side effects etc. I am also due to see the CPN next week, he has put me through hell with this as he did not beleive the diagnosis, so will take the methotraxte booklet and see what he thinks. i am going under a blanket. Keep warm
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Date: 04.02.2012
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Give you update

Hi Paula, to your first question I am finding it hard to cope with this cold weather.I am in so much pain with my OA. My house is so warm yet my bones still suffer arrghhhhh!
So glad to hear you are feeling much more positive I can tell by your post to-day. You carry on this way and show them all. When you see the CPN next week don't be too smug, oh to hell with it why not LOL.
Its so easy for other people to make a judgement,but I have to say how could they understand. Unless they walk in our shoes they wouldn't have a clue. Paula until I joined this forum I knew very little about any type of Arthritis including my own. I thought after my two surgeries I would be back to new. I guess I was just hoping.
I hope the Methrx works well for you.
You take care and going under the blanket sounds good to me. X
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Date: 04.02.2012
From: b

Subject: Re: Give you update

Glad to hear you are getting the treatment you need Paula. I've got one friend on the same dose of methotrexate as you and she doesn't get any side effects at all! I didn't get many, mostly fatigue for a couple of days a week and a bit of nausea.The nausea is easy to deal with drugs. Just get plenty of rest. Good luck with it, hope it makes a difference.
xx
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Date: 04.02.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Give you update

sorry, that was me btw!
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Date: 04.02.2012
From: paula

Subject: Re: Give you update

Hi Marlene,
Thinking of you with the pain, sending you a hug, hope it eases a little for you soon. Take care x
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Date: 04.02.2012
From: Colin

Subject: Re: Give you update

hi Paula

not sure about 15mg starting on mtx , normal they start a bit lower & increase it every few months
how much folic acid she given you , there is several things it helps with ie side effects from mtx , some take one 5mg tablet a week & others take more ,
been on mtx along time myself , its not that bad of drug & we are very low does compared to cancer patiance
hope it helps you soon
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Date: 04.02.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Give you update

Well I won't bother posting again Paula!
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Date: 05.02.2012
From: Lorraine

Subject: Re: Give you update

Glad you feel more positive i have been on MTX since October 2011 i have over the last month found a great improvement with the RA , to be quite honest i scared myself reading all the articles about MTX and discussed it with my Rummy nurse as she said i am being monitored every 2 weeks and i do have the choice to come off it if i really wanted too but i should at least give it a go
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Date: 05.02.2012
From: Paula

Subject: Re: Give you update

Thank you for your comments, bsk sorry i did not get back to you, hoope you are keeping warm in this cold weather, just want to say there is no need for the comment you posted on saturday, i have only just been diagnosed with RA in the last month, and took my first dose of MTX yesterday. I came to this forum for support which you among others have given me. I want to point out that i have severe mental health problems on top of RA have have had a family death in the last few weeks, and a family court case on the few weeks, so perhaps when you read this you will give me a break.
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Date: 05.02.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Give you update

No, you give me a break. As far as I can see you haven't acknowledged a single one of my posts so I'm just saying I won't bother again. You are not the only with problems and we all need support on here.
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Date: 05.02.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Give you update

Look I don't want to argue Paula so apologies for my post.
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Date: 06.02.2012
From: davina

Subject: Re: Give you update

Hi Paula I know what mean this weather is totally horrible. I managed to outside with my 2 year old and his dad to help with a snowman.
I also started on methotrexate at 15 and now on 25 but I have also been on plaquenil sulfa enbral and now on cimzia with methotrexate and plaquenil but only have has 1 dose so it may take a while.
I'm glad someone as now diagnosed you I think its the worst when you don't know.
Keep well hon x
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Date: 09.02.2012
From: Paula

Subject: Re: Give you update

Thank you Bsk and davina for your comments. Hope you are both keeping warm in this really cold weather, hope it is not too painful for you both.x
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Date: 09.02.2012
From: Paula

Subject: Re: Give you update

To bsk, thank you for your post, appreicate what you said, fully appreicate that we all need support on here, stay warm in this cold, hope you are not in too much pain at the mo.
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