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I suffered from scalp psoriasis for a year, which spread to my legs and I was diagnosed with both scalp and guttate psoriasis. In just a few months, in August 2017, I experienced swelling in my toes, and knees, and was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. Now on a course of 25mg of methotrexate weekly, plus trying Ayurveda too. I’m only 35 years old, but I walk with a stick, and cannot stand for long periods of time. My toes are swollen, heels are so painful. My whole family and my partner of 5 years have been amazing – rallying around me, catering to my every need. Same goes for my boss and work colleagues. But I am not able to travel, do my job effectively, and I sometimes feel like I am a burden on everyone. I know this disease has no cure, but I really need to re-evaluate if methotrexate works or not. I’ve only been on the correct dose of it since August, so technically have been taking it only for less than 4 months. Great to connect through this forum! Good wishes and positive greetings to everyone here.

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  • TamP
    1 year ago

    I started out like this many years ago and was on Methotrexate for a year before I went on Enbrel
    The Methotrexate did nothing for my pain but did clear my skin completely
    It was only when I went onto the Enbrel the the pain disappeared.
    For the next 10 years on Methotrexate and Enbrel it has been life changing.
    I walk approx 5 miles a day painfree

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    DN1982, thank you for connecting with us! A warm welcome to you 🙂 I have scalp and guttate psoriasis too, and I’m young like you (young age wise of course, my joints would disagree 😉

    Please don’t ever feel like a burden to those you love. If the roles were reversed I know you wouldn’t want them feeling that way. Try to be patient and kind with yourself, and know that you have so much more to offer than just a reliable body. What sort of work do you do? I hope that you can work with your Rheumatologist to get the right dosing of everything. Don’t hesitate to share your concerns with them! Hope there are lots of low pain and energy-filled days on the near horizon for you.

    Warm wishes,
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

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