1st post from me - site very informative & supportive so really interesting reading all the posts. Wish I had known about this site when diagnosed 20 years with RA in early 30's. On Sulphasalazine, Methotrexate( Metoject) Folic acid , Gabapentin & Naproxen . Hands & feet affected quite badly . Have been very lucky to have been in chemical remission for several years bar a few flares .so thought I had dodged the bullet.
Unfortunately i have had active disease in hands for the last year confirmed by ultrasound ( consultant got quite excited by ring of fire in my wrist !) My Crp & ESR bloods do not reflect the inflammation . So thats why i have felt so ill!
Dillemma - To get over any cold flu or bug( which i picked up constantly) I have always had to come off methotrexate to recover. ( that was on 7.5mg meth) Consultant says under NO circumstances should I stop meth unless prescribed certain antibiotics. ( Rheum nurses then contradicted this !)
Now I am on 17.5 mg am very worried about the winter & what it will hold 😬
Your advice is much appreciated. Thank you