Hello! I am a newbie here - came seeking help & advice from others in my situation My name is Rachel and I was diagnosed with seronegative RA approx 9 years ago. My RA has mostly been in remission for many of those years with just the use of Sulphasalazine and Naproxen. But the last year has been absolutely awful and I have been really debilitated by illness. After starting MTX with no real benefit to me and no benefit either from steroids I have now started Benipali. This is my fourth week and I must say the benefits so far have been staggering optiistic! Finally feeling like the old me is returning after a year of struggling through pretty much every day.
My problem is, that on week four I managed to pick up gastroenteritis and it was so dreadful that I ended up in A&E. Never experienced pain like the stomach cramps in my entire life (and considering I have had 4 completely natural child births that is really saying something). Was also unable to keep anything down for 12 hours so became terribly dehydrated and needed IV.
I am so concerned that I have now opened myself up bugs and infections due to my compromised immune system and if I had to weight up the options could not bear to endure another bug like that ever. Now feeling quite fearful about how to proceed. Ive so loved feeling like the old me is returning and feeling vibrant and alive again - but at such a high cost if I am going to become ill like this again. Really needing some help and advice!
I am already very conscious with regard to handwashing and hygiene, and as I am vegetarian feel I already am less likely to pick up bugs through eating. Is there anything else I can do to improve my immunity and ability to fight off bugs and infections? Would be SO grateful for any help and advice x