I was diagnosed with RA nearly 5 years ago. I've been on MTX for 4.5 years of those with <touch wood> normal blood tests (apart from inflammatory markers) and added leflunomide to the mix 2 years ago.
My rheum nurse is asking for blood tests every 4 to 6 weeks. My rheum feels that I'd be fine with every 8 weeks but given that the nurses are the ones who issue my MTX injections to the hosp pharmacy, the decision has now been made to keep them as close to monthly as possible.
I struggled through with all my appts when I was at university but I now have a very busy job that's 22 miles away from my home and even further away from the hospital. I am entitled to leave for appts but I'd rather save it for other appts especially as I have other health problems.
I don't think I'm being foolish or unreasonable given my very good history of tolerating these drugs in terms of serious side effects but I wondered what other people think?
Thank you for reading.