Very active, jogging, building boats (woodwork), healthy weight and diet and planning a 5k run in February with my daughter, determined to get a competitive time for a 54 year old.
Then RA hit my like a runaway train in January, 5 major joints each side inflamed within 3 weeks and I was ready to give up on life. Then it eased and I seemed to be recovering - so it could be post viral arthritis that would clear. But blood tests confirmed RA and I was determined I wanted MTX ASAP. There is a therapeutic window of 3 months - if treated within 3 months of onset you stand a good chance of (clinical) remission. Luckily I started the end of March.
I was determined to take the MTX regardless of side effects. First dose 7.5 increasing 2.5 each week to 15mg. A bit of nausea in the early stages for a hour or so the next day, but that was trivial compared to what I had suffered already. After 15 doses I hardly have any side effects....eating well helps and last week zero side effects.
DAS score of 2.8, nurse could not detect any inflammation in knees 2 weeks ago - not bad when I had walked 2km the weekend before; "excellent" was her comment.
So take it and don't delay.
PS: Unfortunately I strained my back and that is taking a long time to fix, and really gets me down. But life goes on and I need to set a good example to my 3 lovely daughters. I'm on slow release Tramadol and Amitriptyline ...which gives the weirdest dreams ever.
Finally back to some gentle woodworking to keep back flexible and stop me going crazy.