Hi everyone, have had a persistent cough for over a week now, not painful or anything, just annoying. I know this is mentioned in the possible side effects of Methotrexate so as I had a Physiotherapy appointment yesterday I mentioned it to her to see if I could go down and see the Rheumatology Nurses who are in the next corridor. I had ultrasound on my neck and shoulders and exercises for my knee, and the Physio said I sounded quite wheezy. She went to have a chat with the Rheumy Nurse who said I had to stop the Methotrexate immediately and get an appointment to see the Doctor before the weekend. She said we need to make sure I don’t have a chest infection. I left the Hospital and went straight to the Doctors, luckily they weren’t too busy and I saw a Doctor within 30 minutes. He said my oxygen level was slightly low and my temperature on the higher end of normal. My lungs sounded clear. He then said he wanted me to go back to the Hospital and get a chest x-ray to make sure all is ok, as I had inflammation of the lung in December. I now have to wait for the result to come through, should have the result within the week. Just wondering If I will I be able to restart the Methotrexate (increased to 20mg three weeks ago) when the cough clears, whether it is or isn’t a chest infection, or will I possibly have to change to something else, I can’t remember if I read somewhere that if you get a cough you can’t stay on it, or have I dreamt that. Seems like I am joining in with some of you and adding something else to the recipe of this disease. Oh well at least I haven’t been wiped out today with Migraine from the Methotrexate, always look for a positive lol.
Hope you are doing ok.