Hello everyone! I was just recently diagnosed with early aggressive RA and needless to say I have so many questions. I am 28 years old, female, and have had symptoms in my feet, shoulders and hands for approx two years. I only recently consulted a doctor after finding nodules on my fingers. Most of my blood work came back normal, however the CCP was <250 (very high) and the RF was slightly elevated. My general physician wasn't even sure I had RA and suggested another connective tissue disorder. He referred me to a Rheumatologist who diagnosed me. I am getting ready to start Methotrexate and am wondering if I could get some advice from anyone who has used this medication? The doctor went over the more serious side effects (liver damage, pneumonia, etc) but I would love to hear from someone with actual experience. I am terrified!
Also, how often do you all see the Rheumatologist? I have another appointment in a month, and with my high $$ co-pay I am dreading how often I might have to visit.
Hello! I was just recently diagnosed as well and reading your post feels like looking in a mirror! My husband doesn't understand what this might mean for our future and is taking it very nonchalantly. Is the doctor starting you on any medication?View Thread