I have had a chest infection since Boxing Day and as we all know, when you get a bad virus or infection it’s better to come off your methotrexate so your body can fight it.
My doctor, yesterday, called it a juggling act. Being on RA medication lowers your immune system. When your immune system is low, you’re more prone to bugs. When you catch something, your body needs all it’s fighting components and the best way to do that is temporarily stop your RA drugs. Which is usually fine for a week or so.
But here is where it gets difficult. It’s now been 10 days. My infection is still there, rattling away in my lungs. In order for me to get better, i will have to miss my second methotrexate injection, which then makes me more vulnerable to getting a flare. If I take the methotrexate my body probably won’t fight the infection.