Hi, I'm a new member to this group. I was diagnosed with RA about a year ago with very mild symptoms and was prescribed methotrexate. I took it for several months and apart from spending a day or so a week throwing up, it relieved the slight symptoms I had and I didn't develop any further ones.
My problem is that I suffered from extreme anxiety and panic attacks for over 20 years and used to self-medicate with alcohol. In other words, I spent twenty years as a lush.
I've told my doctor about my concerns, but maybe she didn't understand.
I rarely drink more than a couple of pints of beer a week now, but every couple of months I might have a few days of drinking quite heavily. I live alone and my entire social life is the pub quiz.
Anyway, I have recently been under a lot of stress and have felt quite anxious. I got so worried about my liver that I haven't taken the mtx for about three months. I know it's irrational but I've just got myself in such a state about the meds.
In the last couple of weeks I've been having problems in my hands wrists elbow and shoulder. I started taking the meds again but I was so sick I had to stop.
There must be a drug that will panic me less, surely?
There must be other problem drinkers with RA?
Any advice, please?
Thanks in advance and sorry for extremely long post