Hi! I'm new to the boards and this is my very first post. To celebrate, I'm making this a double question. Oh, and I have RA
Question 1 is about skin issues. Does anyone have any experience with itchy, ITCHY skin? Mine is intermittent and has only affected my arms. Little hive like flares pop up any time it sees fit and the itch is so deep that they bleed and scab over and over. I have scars! Very unsightly for this lady. Any input welcome.
Question 2 is about MTX. I have been taking this for what seems like forever, but is only 5?weeks and I take w plaqunil. I started the pill form form with the most vicious side effects that is intestinal and explosive diarrhea and the worst and huge mouth ulcers that I just couldn't eat or even drink without significant pain and it's so swollen that you bite it over and over again. Yeah, you guys know.
My rheumy switched me to injections the next week, and while better, still ugly side effects.
I know it wasn't long enough to gage effectiveness, and I think I gave it the old college try, but I just couldnt face another week of possible side effects and missed time from work, I told her enough already.
I've read so many posts about how well people do on it, I haven't read any with intolerance to it.
Again, input welcome.
What is the next drug of choice?