I was recently diagnosed with RA and have some inflammation and pain in a couple of fingers and a wrist and am taking diclofenac for that. I have seen a consultant and she has prescribed MTX. I have had all the X-Rays, blood tests and Ultrasound and I'm good to go! However I have just frightened myself to death reading the MTX leaflet, this is a life changing drug ie no alcohol, no sunshine, hair loss etc, need I go on?
I have not yet 'cashed in' the prescription and just had a telling off from my specialist nurse! I didn't think that my symptoms were that bad but she has said that this is only the start and that I should start the MTX immediately.
Am I being stupid and over cautious?