I'm sinking and need some advice from your huge experience!
I have recently been diagnosed with SLE (after about 8 years of fannying about) and I've also lived with anxiety and depression to a greater or lesser extent for about 35 years.
I've been on methotrexate and steroids for 3 months now, with some small effect (it was better initially). My rheumy told me to reduce and stop taking citalopram (which I was taking for depression and anxiety) as it would be have too much impact on my liver with the mtrx8 and steroids.
Unfortunately, I have been reducing and stopping citalopram at the same time as I've started taking and have been continuing to take prednisolone and I now don't know if the horrible anxiety and depression that I'm now experencing is due to stopping the anti-depressant or taking the steroid.
Has anyone else have experience of this? I know that depression can be one of the factors in Lupus, but can mtrx8 have a positive impact on Lupus depression or is it more usual to take anti-depressants?
I feel like it's all a bit too much now as I had so much hope that things would improve and it's all getting worse.
Thank you in advance for any help/advice/comments - I really appreciate it x