Hi fellow RA suffers,
I have been on Methotrexate since November 2019. I have seen some improvement but it is very slow going. I am regaining strength in my hands and wrists. I still cannot do some of the simple things I am used to doing, although the swelling has decreased since November 2019. Funny how you don’t realize how much you rely on your hands, wrists and fingers until they no longer function properly.
My doctor said there was no damage to the joints. The knuckles/fingers of the index/middle fingers on both hands were affected. Both wrists were affected and they cause most of the pain. I am on 15 mg of MTX per week.
My question is for the long time Methotrexate users:
Will I ever have full use of my hands/wrists again? Or has the reduced swelling I have enjoyed so far as good as I can hope for.
Also, is there a point when you can wean yourself off of MTX? Although I am taking folic acid, I realize there is an ever-present danger of cancer.
I watch my diet, I don’t drink and realize that if eat tomato-based products I will pay for it.