hi everyone i hope you are all keeping well. i have a telephone appointment with my rheumy next week and wondered if this was something i could mention.
i have been on methotrexate injections (25mg) for about 5/6 months, i also take hydroxychloroquine and folic acid along with it. i have no issues regarding sickness etc when having the injections unlike i did with the tablet form however i’m STILL in pain and having flare ups. is this normal? will i always be in pain? or do i need to up the dosage or try a new medication?
i know there is an unlikely possibility that i’ll ever be pain free but my knees and arms are still weak, my fingers and knuckles still swell up etc. i have tried EVERYTHING, ice packs, heat pads, i even invested in a pregnancy pillow and electric blanket, i take strong painkillers like cocodamol when it comes to the point where i cant bare the pain no more. i’m starting to think that it’s maybe the methotrexate that isn’t helping me?
this is really annoying as if it is the case i’ll have to start over with a complete new medication. i’m also upset as i had just been able to start having my bloods taken by the GP rather than going all the way to the hospital (before coronavirus) and if i up my dosage on MTX my bloods will be monitored more frequently again. i’m willing to try anything at this point but i’m just confused as to what’s causing the flare ups and pain. i’ve made adjustments to my diet, i exercise daily and get plenty of sleep. any advice would be much appreciated