First time of posting on here but just wondering what opinions you may have as I'm at the end of my tether with seemingly no answers.
I was initially diagnosed with RA June 2013.
Started off with hydroxychloroquine. This caused major stomach issues and pain so moved onto Sulfasalzine. This dropped my wcc and neutraphils to dangerously low levels. So moved to Methotrexate tablets.
These caused what felt like ulcerations all down my throat and stomach amongst over things. This was combined with folic acid to aid my stomach. Then moved to Injected methotrexate. This initially helped my stomach a bit, but still very sharp pains in stomach and sides soon after each injection. Rheumatologist then upped the doseage! This obviously made the stomach and side pains even worse.
So to cope with this I stopped the injections for 3 weeks to try and calm down from it, which has started to relieve my stomach pains, but the joint pains are now becoming unbearable.
Saw the rheumatologist on Wednesday, went through all these details, and the answer is they've lowered the dose a bit, but methotrexate is my only option. So it's live with the side effects or live with the joint pain. Hobsons choice as they described it to me. As I don't have visible swelling to my joints I don't qualify for any other medication. As the joint pain was getting too much, tried another lower slightly lower injection last night, now today back in agony from my sides and stomach.
It's leaving me with unbearable pains in either direction. Pain killers are not enough, but obviously don't want to live on painkillers.
Is there something I'm missing here or do I simply have no other choices?
Thanks in advance for any advice.