I was diagnosed with RA in 1995, I am now 63. My blood indicators have always been extremely high but I displayed no outward sign of the disease (no erosions or loss of mobility). I had intermittent flare ups that would last a day and then disappear. My rheumatologist wanted me to start on Methotrexate back then, but I refused since my brother has RA and I see the toll the drugs have taken on his body. I know that RA is different for each person. I was a very healthy and active person, running, going to the gym and eating right. It made sense to me to refrain from starting on treatment since I was so well.
Unfortunately, things changed about a year ago and my xrays showed some erosion in my fingers and wrists. I agreed to start on Hydroxocholoroquine. I was on it for about 5 weeks and felt extremely nauseous, developed a rash on both my legs and had substantial hair loss and felt no better. I can now visibly see the joints on my hands becoming enlarged and am scared that if I do not start on Methotrexate I will become deformed.
My questions are:
- has anyone seen positive affects from taking Methotrexate, no further erosions or flareups?
- what side effects did you experience?
- did you have to take additional drugs in addition to Methotrexate
Thank you so much for any guidance you can give. I really appreciate it