Rheumatoid Arthritis: Risks and Benefits of Chemotherapy Treatments

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Risks and Benefits of Chemotherapy Treatments


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Good morning, 

  I am on my third week of methotrexate and just took my third shot a few hrs ago . I dont believe it yet set in but I for sure have been tired , dizzy & fell sick sometimes . I really do not want to take it but Blu Cross will not let you take Embrel unless nothing else works. At this point I just dont want the RA to spread to my heart or lungs considering it hit me hard several months ago when I woke up with it one day. I am wondering if Embrel would even be any better. 

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I’m on Remicade and have had two of the three initial doses and can say I feel it is working. Pain has been lessened and walking is noticably better and stiffness in my hands seem to be some better.

The problem that I am experiencing  now is the weakened immune system and not knowing what I can do to guard against infection. I work with special needs children at our local school and I want to keep working. Does anyone have any suggestions to help me?

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Hi,

I was recently diagnosed with moderate to severe RA. I started the methotrexate but on week 3 I developed a rash and was itchy,  so I had to stop.  Since I started the methotrxate, I have had the opposite of the diarrhea side effect that is mentioned on the warning. Any one else? I can't t go unless I take something to make me....

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I am on methotrexate and my doctor has added orencia as well.  My hair is falling out and I am nauseous.  Even to the point that I vomited last night.  Although just a little I don’t wanna have this going on.  I have been on methotrexate for probably 8 months now but recently had to stop due to so many infections and me catching everything that was in a 10 mile radius of me. Lol.  Anyone else had hair loss and If so how bad has it been I hope you all have a safe and happy thanksgiving. 
peggy 

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I started out just taking prednisone while we tried some different meds. I seemed to be allergic to most of them. I'm also allergic to ibuprofen and other pain killers which is a big bummer. I recently started methotrexate at a low dose. My RA is still getting worse so my dose of both meds just went up. I'm wondering what will happen next if the meds don't work. I'm having problems meeting my hours at work and they are mad at me now. I've already lost 3 jobs over this RA.  I'm so exhausted that I can bearly make myself go to the pool to work out among other things. I don't know what to expect next. I've had RA for about 3 yrs now. My RA is a little different than most. It affects my big joints like knees, hips, shoulders, neck, heart. It has now started to go into my ankle and the bottom of my foot. I'd be depressed about the whole thing but I know there are people way worse off than me and I know that God will be with me no matter what happens. At least I was able to move into a one level house that works great for me and I got a different vehicle that is easier to get in and out of. 

At first I was afraid of taking the medicines, but now that it is getting worse and I see my joints suffering and I'm sick of the pain, I don't mind trying the meds. I just wish I knew the best and safest ones to try.

Thanks for sharing and for listening! :)

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Oh Silly Chick. So sorry. I have RA, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, Osteoporosis and a pinched nerve in my back. For me it is all about controlling inflammation. I have been taking the BEST CBD for two years. It has been great. However this month everything seems to be out of control. My husband passed 2 years ago in December and I see that stress has a lot to do with overall health. Doubling up my CBD. If you have any questions I am pretty knowledgeable on the subject now❤️ The best to you

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DonnaK, What is the BEST CBD you are referring to?  Does it help with inflammation?

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Hi Al Web,

either friend me on FB: Donna Latham Klonowski or e-mail me at [email address removed by Moderator].

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Risks and Benefits of Chemotherapy Treatments


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Anyone used Rinvoq?  If so what have been your results?

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Today I am experiencing euphoria and I have tons of energy. I just took my 4th dose of 5 pills of methotrexate and I think it is working. My pain has been better since Thursday and my energy has been way up. I've been able to work longer hours at my job. I had a few side effects of nausea the first couple of weeks, and last week I had some dizziness on and off. So far this week all is good and I'm feeling fine, to fine! Does anyone know if this euphoria is a side effect or is it just normal because I'm feeling better?

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