I have been on a low dose of methotrexate for 6 weeks now, my rheumatologist will review this in march. Does anyone know how long it takes to work? I am feeling really low at the moment, I'm so fed up of waking up stiff and in pain that I cry every morning. I have managed to cope with pain over the years with pain relief meds, but recently I have had enough. I have been on long term sick for 5 months now and cant honestly see me going back. Everthing just feels too much at the moment, I am 57 and live alone. I have family close by and young grandkids, but still feel lonely and isolated. I am finding myself withdrawing from my family and friends, making excuses or telling white lies to avoid going out.
i am taking anti depressants, but I really need the Methotrexate to work.
Kazakh, you sound so like me !! I felt so isolated and alone and as I was just so sore and sick I just wanted to almost curl up in a ball if I could!!! I feel it's common to feel like this at the beginning so don't feel alone. This site really helped me feel less alone and upset as people do feel better on the drugs a lot of the time X
When I started mtx it took about three months to feel any benefit I'm afraid. But they did give me a steroid injection to cover that period.
Another thing j dos was set my alarm to have my pain meds and then put on gel and went back to sleep! I got a tea maker and by the time I was ready for it the tea was ready and my drugs kicked in so I took time to move every thing before I tried to get out of bed.
Then the dreaded shower! Some days I just couldn't! But on the days I did I got a towelling dressing gown and just put that on to dry me and laid on the bed before I try to dress.
I think it's just accepting ( and no I never really have) that whilst you are flared or I'll that you need to tackle things differently. It's hard no doubt about it and I did think why me.
They increased my mtx and added other dmards to the mix and eventually I got biological drugs and I feel a big better for them.
try not to feel guilty about work , you are Ill. Take off what you need as you will feel tired and your body is telling you to rest.
Ps ask your family over , tell them to bring dinner and make you tea and I found once they saw and I admitted how ill I was they were great.
Antidepressants did help me as did some counselling and I attended a fabulous group which I always credit with getting me a bit more back to normal in Newcastle. And I called the Nras helpline just for chats who literally saved my life !!!
I hope you pamper yourself today! Put on a movie , get a heated blanket, painkillers and just chill out! Xxx
Thanks for that. Its so comforting to know that other people understand. I will try the alarm setting tomorrow. ☺
Maybe worth a try ! But you know what will help you X