Hi everyone, I've been reading your posts over the last few days, and decided that it was time for me to join in and let my presence be known! I don't want to be too intrusive as a newbie, but thought it polite to let you know that I am here, and am quite prepared to join in rather than be a shadowy voyeur lurking on the sidelines! I guess the easiest way to introduce myself is to repeat the info which I have just posted on my profile, so here it is!
I'm female, 55, and live alone, having been divorced a lifetime ago, and have a wonderful son aged 26, with an equally wonderful girlfriend who live fairly close to me. Agh! no I don't live alone - I live with Dusty, my beautiful ginger cat who is 14, and has me well under her control!
I've been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis over the last 18 months, and initially prescribed Hydrochloriquine, but when this proved ineffective, Methotrexate and the required folic acid, which I was eventually taking 6 days out of 7 due to gastric problems. As these problems continued, I accepted the switch to injectable MTX, gradually increasing the doseage, but forced to settle at 20mg for several months when a leg ulcer interupted proceedings, and the medical team kept a close eye to ensure the ulcer healed before progressing with higher dose MTX every Monday. Once healed, I increased to 25mg, and while I no longer suffer the nausea, I still have unpleasant bloating and loss of appetite from Tuesday to Friday/Saturday.
Other meds include Metoclopramide to ease the gastric symptoms, Lansoprazole to protect stomach lining, Naproxed, Co-codamol and Tramazole and or Amitriptyline (sp). Extras include Desogestrel (gynae issues), Eltroxin (underactive thyroid), Metformin (Diabetes), Citalopram (depression) and seductively sexy compression hosiery to prevent further leg ulcers! Following the latest visit to my GP, I now have to decide whether to accept statins due to a raised cholesterol level.
I'm glad I found you all, and I've already found this site to be a comfort with people saying things with which I can identify. Thanks to you all for being here!