hi i’m new here. i was advised to join a community/forum where i could talk to people in similar situations as me so here it goes.
i was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis/(JIA) at 16 yrs old. i have been on hydroxychloroquine for 2 years (i am now 18), however it hasn’t been doing much for me and my flare ups have been getting worse and worse to the point where i cant get out of bed and walk.
i have been reluctant to start methotrexate ever since being advised to take it before resulting to hydroxychloroquine. i am NOT good with needles so the blood tests freak me out, however last week i finally got the courage to go ahead and start methotrexate (tablet form). (my first dose is tomorrow which is why i’m writing this post).
i have read so many negative things about this medication, and i know it works differently for different people but i’m young and scared and have been making myself more and more worked up thinking about it. i know it’s for the best and i don’t know what it’ll be like until i try it but is there any tips or anything that could put my mind at ease?
it probably sounds silly to get myself so worked up over a medication but i’m an over thinker and i trick myself into believing everything i see and read on the internet is true even though it most likely isn’t.
i have taken my folic acid earlier on to lessen the side effects for my first dose tomorrow but the side effects it can cause really does give me the fear. such as the ulcers and hair loss and being sick etc.
thankyou for any help