Hi All- I have been reading through different threads and appreciate everyone's input. Navigation of the blog has been getting easier for me, thankfully, however I am currently looking for a thread which discusses Methotrexate. I thought I recalled reading about that topic early on in here, but if not, I guess I'll start a Methotrexate-themed thread in the ongoing PMR discussion. (Wondering if there is a way to do a word search in this blog?)
On Tuesday June 27, I was prescribed 10 mg Methotrexate once a week, to increase by 2.5 mg each week until I'm at 20 per week. I'm currently at 10 mgs pred and doing "ok" at that level. Actually I was doing amazingly well at 11mgs pred, so 1mg taper made a big difference. My CRP is 2.4, a jump up from 0.8 in May ("normal " 0.0-0.7) My ESR is 18 ("normal " 0-20) significantly down from 82 ESR in March. I've had PMR since January of this year but not diagnosed till mid March when I started on 20 mg pred.
My rheumatologist says the Methotrexate will help me taper off of pred more quickly. My knees are pretty swollen and painful in the mornings. Shoulder and arm pain too. Feel "normal " about noon or 1:00 pm with some leg stiffness if I sit too long. She thinks rheumatoid arthritis. I also have advanced osteoporosis and anemia, even after iron and B12 regimen since March diagnosis. Bone strengthener pill once a week.
Until age 58, I was never a drug use person. Supplements and herbs were fine. but I've regularly resisted taking meds. Probably took aspirin or Tylenol once or twice a year, so taking Fosamax for bones once a week. and daily pred for PMR is all new territory for me. Then she introduced Methotrexate!!! Yikes. Just not wanting to take yet another drug.
It's one week since rheumatology appointment and I'm just now reading up on it. I haven't taken a pill yet. Does anyone have experience with this med??
Appreciate any /all feedback, good, or bad. And ideas for how I might proceed. Thanks in advance!