Thought I would let you know how I got on yesterday.
I have been off the MTX for 7 weeks now due to being short of breath and having a dry cough.
My consultant said that my doctor done the right thing stopping the MTX and he said that I cannot restart the MTX until I have seen the Respitory Specialist.
He could tell me that an appointment has been made but could not tell me the date and I have not heard anything myself yet.
He said the nodules on my lungs are due to the RA and also said that there was scarring on my right lung but he did not think this was the cause of my problems.
He said it could be Adult Onset Asthma but was not sure.
He checked me thoroughly as I have pains in quite a few joints, in particualr in the upper left arm and left knee.
I got the left knee xrayed yesterday and he has made an appointment for a MRI scan on this knee.
I got a injection in my bottom to help all the other aches and pains.
He also told me to increase the Sulpha from 4 tabs a day to 6 a day, I also take 2 Hydroxy a day.
Also as I have not been sleeping well due to pain and waking up too hot he asked me to go on Amitripyline.
I took Amitripyline a couple of years ago but hated the way it makes you feel in the morning.
Anyway I took one last night and slept not too bad but feel very woozy today.
I took it at 6.45pm to allow it time to get out of my system for work this morning but even now at lunchtime I am still really sleepy.
I will keep taking them and hopefully the woozy feeling will go away.
I know we all hate taking the MTX but I am missing it as things are just getting worse for me without it.
Hope I don't have to wait too long for the appointment to come though.
Thanks for listening