Hi everyone, I was just diagnosed with RA in October '12 and have recently been told I could have Lupus (some of my blood test are positive ANA and dsDNA antibody) I am currently on Methotrexate, prednisone, folic acid, vitamin D, Vicodin, tramadol and flexeril. The side effects from the methotrexate are almost unbearable and making life horrible. I am starting to lose my hair, I have the most unbelievable acid reflux, I have no appetite, losing weight, headaches, anxiety attacks, sweating profusely (while sitting still) night sweats, fevers, mouth sores, muscle pain, etc... Now I have found lumps in my arms that are painful to the touch and I am wondering why I am taking this horrible medication???
I had to take a leave of absence from the lab I work in and I am pretty sure I will lose my job soon (I am not covered under FMLA because I had been there less than a year) I feel like a crybaby sometimes, like now, I guess I am just needing to vent. I am starting to wonder if I will ever feel good again? I realize it takes time to get the medication straightened out and to "get used" to all that your body is dealing with.
My biggest question is....is there anything that is working for people on here concerning the mental health part of this disease? It doesn't need to be meds but anything that gives you some sort of pleasure or pain relief. I was very active before this all happened and many of the activities I loved to do I cannot do anymore. any suggestions would be appreciated!