Subject: Re: I feel a failure already
Aww bless you, it's not a nice drug, just potentially better in the long run than letting the arthritis run riot.
Do you have a rhumatology nurse or could you contact your rhumatology department to see if you can get in to have a chat with someone?
I was pretty much ok going up the doses until I got to 20mg and especially when I went on injections. I have a bowel condition and they thought I wasn't absorbing it properly with tablets so it seemed to have a bit of a slamming effect on my system.
I spoke to my GP about the nausea and they upped the omeprazole I am taking to a higher dose and I have anti-sickness medication and stocked up on ginger products (ginger helps with nausea) like ginger tea and biscuits.
At worse I was getting horrible chest pains and heartburn and felt so sick. It was a big struggle with working and I was taking 80mg omeprazole a day and drinking Gaviscon out of the bottle to no effect. I was also getting weird shooting pains in my limbs. I also now take folic acid every day save mtx day and my GP also upped my pregabalin which I take for fibromyalgia and chronic pain generally.
My nurse said they could drop me down a dose to help my body adjust better but I said I wanted to battle on to see if I could ride it through as I can feel the improvement it's starting to make.
Things have calmed down a lot now. It does seem to vary a bit but I've noticed more of a pattern to it. I take mine on a Thursday and Saturday is often a write off slump on sofa duvet kinda day and my tummy tends to be very upset over the weekend (though maybe linked in with bowel condition). I can then get a bit of sickness, heartburn etc... early in the week but I try to be careful with what I eat, lots of fluids etc... and eat light for lunch while at work (eg jelly, yoghurt...).
I'm detetermined not to let this drug beat me and am looking to the future in that it will benefit me long term.
It is hard at first though if you can manage through the worst bit and can manage side effects and plan a bit for urgh days (duvet day with some treats, good DVDs etc...).
Hope things settle for you soon and you can find a way through or an alternative to help you, take care of yourself x