Since Jun 2014 after I was diagnosed RA, this is the second time I had flu during my holiday in China. I had fever but I did not see any doctor there, I merely had the panadol to control my fever.
I came back home and had my appointment to see my rheumy 2 days ago, I had no further fever but I still cough badly. I told my rheumy of my situation. He gave me antibiotic and advised me to stop both metrotrexate and arava temporary until I finish the antibiotic.
I told him that I did stop metrotrexate while I had fever but I did not stop arava. He said that I should stop both and see a doctor immediately. The reason was because my immune system has been suppressed for a long time and I would be vulnerable to disease .
I learn my lesson and I would like to share as this could happen to any RA patient around. That is to stop DMARDs all together when we are sick!!