Feeling fed up

Due to have total knee op next Thursday, went for pre op today, they told me they may have to cancel because I had sterods in my knee 4weeks ago,as I was going away , nobody told me this , also said I should of stopped taking methatraxate, nobody again told me not too, my blood presure is up the roof, and I have a child with autism that needs to be looked after, they said they can't tell me until next Tuesday, ..what a need to know is if anybody else has heard you can't take steriods, while having an op ..thank you in advance

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  • Don't know about the steroid , but I did not have to stop MTX when I had my op 5 mths ago . Only kad to stop my biologic . Do hope it gets sorted asap . Might be worth ringing rheumatology to ask for help . Ortho staff often don't know a lot about RD meds . They might be able to sort them out!!!

    Good luck and keep us posted .M xx

  • Don't know about the steroid , but I did not have to stop MTX when I had my op 5 mths ago . Only kad to stop my biologic . Do hope it gets sorted asap . Might be worth ringing rheumatology to ask for help . Ortho staff often don't know a lot about RD meds . They might be able to sort them out!!!

    Good luck and keep us posted .M xx

  • I was the same as Hatshepsut did not stop mthx just my Enbrel. I agree that you should ring your clinic for advice. Good luck. The stress is going to raise your blood pressure even more. D. X

  • Hi I had an op in March and had to stop MTX and enbrel 2 weeks before op and until my wound had healed. I always ring the helpline for advice before any op or procedure in case there are any precautions I have to take x

  • I had a six and a half hour long neck surgery and had had both my knees injected approx 4 to 5 weeks before. Maybe it's because you're having surgery on the joint which has been injected? I was on leflunomide (DMARD) and did not have to stop taking it. I hope things improve for you soon and you get sorted with the op. Best wishes Pat

  • I was told to just take anti-inflammatories and painkillers for 2 weeks prior to the operation and if possible no anti-inflammatories for the two days preceding it.

    I sought a steroid injection into my knee a couple of months or so prior to knee replacement and it was the surgeon who rheumatology referred to. The surgeon was happy for me to have this. I believe the concern is that as steroids lower your resistance you might have difficulty fighting off any infection that may occur following the op.

    It would seem likely that it will be your surgeon who will decide whether or not to go ahead with the operation. Fingers crossed for you. Jude

  • Thank you everyone

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