I cannot answer your question on white cell count but, I know my doctor takes my blood every month because my red blood cell count went from 344 to 129 while taking Methotrexate. This condition is called thrombocytopenia. He immediately took me off the Methotrexate.....gave my body 3 months without any RA drugs and then put me on the Arava. So far so good. I have had many tests done on all of my immunoglobulins and it was discovered they are very high which is what you want. Hope someone else can answer your questionView Thread
I too had extreme flare ups the first 2 weeks I was taken off the methotrexate and put on Arava. I wanted to discontinue the Arava but, stuck with it simply because you cannot just discontinue this drug without taking a wash out drug to get the Arava out of my system. I have had no flare ups after the 2 week period. I don't know about your diet but, you might want to consider avoiding any wheat products, sugar or red meat. These foods in themselves can cause inflammation. I also take turmeric (cucumin), ginger root, beet root extract, black seed oil and several other natural herbs. It seems to be helping. You need to stick to your guns until your RA listens to your concerns. You are the only person that knows your body better than anyone else and everyone is different. It seems some doctors expect everyone to fall into the category of what they have seen and dealt with but, like I said we are all different. I hope you can find something that will end up giving you relief.View Thread
I was diagnosed last September with RA and OA. I too was put on MTX and like you was scared to death of the side effects. I get pneumonia very often but, when I got pneumonia again in Dec/Jan 2013 it was determined that the MTX was the culprit. My little sister (who was only 55) passed away on Dec. 22nd 2013 due to a rare interstitial lung disease (Hamman-Rich Syndrome). They believe this is also an auto-immune disease. There is no cure and it only took 3 weeks from her first symptom of illness to death. I am currently on Arava now and have not had any problems. I am also taking Tumeric with Curcumin, Black Seed Oil, Milk Thistle, Ginger, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Beet Root Extract, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12 and prescribed Lovaza ( a very pure fish oil ). I am happy to say that my doctor is pleased with all of my lab results and has also cut my blood pressure medicine in half because the beet root extract has lowered my pressure to a normal 129/70. I am hoping that 1 day I can totally get off blood pressure medicine. Hoping you find what works for you.View Thread
I too have had several flare ups where only 1 finger was inflamed and hurt but, also have experienced my entire hand being swollen and inflamed and unable to even make a fist. I too would experience excruciating pain in my arm, neck and shoulder. The weird thing is this would last all day and then the pain would be gone the next day but, would move over to the other side of my body within a few days time. The only thing that would help reduce the inflammation and swelling is a special pillow that I heat in the microwave. I heat it as much as I can stand the heat. I will do this around 6 times and then I start getting relief. I have learned on my own that "cold" makes it worse.View Thread
I am curious what your doctor had to say. The symptoms you described are the same symptoms I had when I took a sulfa antibiotics. It was determined I had what they use to call drug fever 30 years ago. I ran a low grade temperature of 100 and I ached all over. I felt like I had the flu. I can no longer take any kind of sulfa drugs because my body although not allergic.......is extremely sensitive. Don't know if this helps you at all.View Thread
My doctor had to take me off methotrexate because I developed thrombocytopenia (low blood platelets) and my younger sister passed away 12/22/2012 from Hamman-Rich Syndrome ( a rare and fatal lung disease). I had pneumonia in May and Dec 2012. Methotrexate evidently caused my conditions because it lowered my immune system too much. I am strictly taking tumeric, ginger root, beet root, cat's claw, vitamin D3, vitamin B12 for energy, virgin coconut oil, selenium, reservatrol, serrapeptase, nattokinase, alpha lipoic acid, lovaza (fish oil in it's purest form).....I have had no joint pain or swelling since December 2012. I go back to my new rheumatologist April 17th because I just moved to another city. It will be interesting to see if my C-Reactive Protein levels have decreased. I am unable to take 3 DMRD"s due to glaucoma, allergy to sulfa and I also have diverticulosis. There are too many dangerous and sometimes fatal side effects from the RA medications so I am opting to stay away from all of them if I can. I also have stopped eating any wheat or gluten products and also red meat as they all cause inflammation. I eat many green and leafy vegetables as I have a huge garden spring, summer, fall and winter.View Thread
I am new to this website. I am waiting to find out whether I might have early signs of lupus or RA. I had pneumonia in May and was hospitalized again for 8 days. My feet, wrists, hands, hip, shoulders and ankles have been giving me nothng but, pain since June. I never know from one day to the next which part of my body is going to hurt for the day. I can just be sitting and watching TV and my right wrist and hand begin to swell and become red with a pain level of more than 10. I had my blood and xrays done last week on my right foot and ankle, left knee and left shoulder. I am certain from everything I am reading on this site that I have RA. I am also being checked from lupus and hypothyroidism because my hair is really thinning out. Will post my results when I get them. I am sure it will take a while because all health services are suffering right now and everyone seems to be short staffed as well as doctor's dropping out of the medical field.View Thread
I am turning 60 this year and just went to my doctor last week due to the pain in my feet, ankles, hip, back, hands and wrist and shoulders. I had pneumonia in May and never have had the problems I am having with my feet. I was glad to find your post because I also had xrays done and blood taken to see if I have lupus or RA. Cannot wait to find out because I also have a a lot of fatigue but, I figured that is because I gained another 110 lbs. in the hospital after being on IV Steroids again. I will also purchase the Skechers tone-up shoes to see if that will help support my ankes and feet.View Thread
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.