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heavenzchild commented on the post, What is a Flare? One Frustrated Patient’s Definition 16 hours, 29 minutes ago

I love reading the articles as well. It is frustrating to deal with a chronic illness that people can’t see or isn’t well known. I found out I had fibromyalgia in 2006 but didn’t know that I apparently had PsA as well. I was just diagnosed with it 9 months ago and life has been a joy, not. I’ve been disabled since major back surgery the end if…

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BobbieClaire commented a story 2 days, 12 hours ago

Hi Cookie,
Thank you very much for your comment. It was very helpful. I was shocked at the high dose of MTX that you were started on! Those migraines must have been horrible. My rheumy started me on 12.5mg which is 5 pills of 2.5mg. I’m terrified of nausea. It sounds silly but I have a phobia of vomiting. I will do almost anything to avoid it. I…

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BobbieClaire commented a story 2 days, 12 hours ago

Hi Catherine
I wanted to wait until I had taken at least 3 doses of MTX until I got back to you. Week one: No nausea
Week two: Moderate nausea but not too bad.
Week 3: Doing better but I decreased my dosage from 12 mg to 7.5mg. I noticed right away that my joint pain increased 🙁
I know I shouldn’t have done that but I read that 7.5mg is the…

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VickiN commented a story 2 days, 16 hours ago

Hi Wendy,
I’m sorry that your symptoms have flared after stopping the Arava. Did your Rheumy suggest you start taking biologics instead? All the biologics should have package inserts where you can read about the possible side effects. From what I know, your risk of cancer may be slightly increased, but it’s definitely worth a chat with a…