Good news - Psoriatic Arthritis progress!: I have... - NRAS

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Good news - Psoriatic Arthritis progress!

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I have previously posted about issues relating to treatment (or lack of) for my PsA, but am pleased to report that I finally got an appointment with the rheumatologist last week, and he agreed to put me on methotrexate. I also had both knees and ankles x-rayed there and then, which is something I had wanted for a while, although I don't yet know what the results were.

Just by chance, with just a few days notice, I also got a long awaited appointment with my dermatologist that same day, and although this was for another condition (genital lichen sclerosus) I got her to have a look at the psoriasis on my hands and feet, and she gave me treatment for that away with me - no messing about waiting for GP prescriptions.

I left hospital after quite a long day, but for once feeling really positive that some progress was finally being made.

Since then, I have been using the psoriasis treatment and it is clearing up really well. I have taken my first dose (10mg) of methotrexate today, and although I felt decidedly weird an hour or so after taking it, that now seems to have passed after a lie down in a cool room and I am just hoping that it will work for me in the long term.

So it's onwards and upwards and I'm happy to be posting something positive for a change! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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I'm so pleased for you! Keep feeling positive- I'm sure it helps:-) x

Thank you! πŸ˜€

Great news. Hope things continue to improve for you. All the best for your ongoing treatment

Thank you! πŸ˜€

Good news hope things continue to be good

Thank you! πŸ˜€



Methotrexate may well help your psoriasis too. Isn't it great when things fall into place? Hope everything goes well for you.

Soreknees2016 in reply to Hidden

Thank you and hope you are keeping well too. If it hadn't been for your advice on an earlier post, I may not have been quite so assertive in asking for treatment, so big thanks!

Now, I know mtx is supposed to take 3-12 weeks to start taking effect, but I'm sure my ankle, which has been swollen and a bit niggly sore for well over a month, is looking and feeling better today, and I feel generally less stiff overall. Maybe that's just coincidence, my imagination or wishful thinking, but I'm not complaining! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Hidden in reply to Soreknees2016

LOL! Just lately the more I recommend assertiveness to others, the less it seems to help me. But there again I have finally sorted out a bit of an impasse so that's probably all part of it, if at first you don't succeed etc! But you have got there and that is brilliant.

I have found that when everything starts to fall into place - good doctor, appropriate treatment - then I do feel a little bit better just through sheer relief. Feeling 'stuck' in whatever way does not help my PsA one bit whereas getting somewhere does appear to help.

I found Mtx was like WD40 for my joints. Humira has been better still. So far I have never returned to the mess I was in before treatment commenced, 5 years and counting.

I inject both Methotrexate and Humira for PsA the aches and pains are 100% better and my psoriasis has all gone even my nails on hands and feed are very much improved. I hope everything improves for you too.

Thank you - that's very encouraging! Hope you continue to enjoy good health! πŸ˜€

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