Officially received my RA diagnosis in October 2017. Started on Plaquenil and Prednisone. By January my condition had worsened and I will be adding Methotrexate to the mix (I should have already started but was afraid to because the flu is everywhere and I understand it will lower my immune system).
RA has rocked my world and not in a good way. I have so many questions and concerns.
All of the medication...It is a lot. It seems the medication can be almost as bad as the disease.
Methotrexate concerns me the most. Should I expect major side effects from taking it? I've heard horror stories and it scares me. Will it make you so sick that you can't work? Or are we talking, a little nausea?
I am a single parent and work 40+ hours a week and then there is my full time job at home. How do you get through the day at work when you do good to get out of bed. And the fatigue...I've never experienced anything like it.
My doctor suggested completing FMLA paperwork (I only receive 3 sick days per year and 2 personal) Does anyone know how this works? Could the days be taken when needed? Not all at one time. I been employed in some form or fashions since I was 15...I'm almost 53. I just think I need to learn from the experience of others.
Would welcome your stories, knowledge, and opinions. Thanks!