A Hangover I Don’t Deserve

Last updated: May 2022

Friday used to be the holy grail of workdays for me; you see I am a 9-5’er, from 9 am Monday morning you are looking forward to Friday.

Methotrexate side effects

Recently that has been flipped on its head, I have begun to dread Friday rolling around.

“How can that be?” I hear you ask.

Well you see on Friday mornings I wake up feeling seedy, with a blinding headache and dog tired.

I know what you are thinking; well you must have had a pretty good night Thursday to wake up that way every Friday…

Want to know about my exciting Thursday nights?

I come home from work and have a good dinner, relax and watch some t.v and wait for my alarm to sound at 8pm; at 8pm I take my weekly dose of methotrexate. I drink some water and I get an early night. Pretty wild huh?

How is methotrexate used to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

What is methotrexate? Well I will leave this one to the experts -
www.drugs.com says, “Methotrexate is used to treat certain types of cancer of the breast, skin, head and neck, or lung. It is also used to treat severe psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.”

Before you get too worried I take a much lower dose than a cancer patient and at the moment I am taking it in a tablet form - no hospitals or needles in sight!

How methotrexate impacts my RA journey daily

On Fridays I have a heightened sense of smell, I am pretty sure that I could out sniff a bloodhound…

Imagine having to carry out your daily activities when every smell makes you feel increasingly nauseated; Perfume feels like a punch in the face, it’s like I can taste it and as much as I love flowers I don’t really fancy tasting them.

Coffee, car fumes on the street, the ink and hot paper from the printer, food smells sometimes incredibly random ones like raw garlic in the main street?! All hit me with waves of nausea. I can only imagine that this is what it feels like to have morning sickness all day… it's safe to say I’m not a fan!

So far this treatment is very new, so I am yet to feel any relief to my arthritic symptoms, but I am telling myself that the positive will eventually far outweigh the negative.

A hangover is much more pleasant when it is deserved; you have fun memories of drinking and dancing with your friends.

I don’t even drink anymore now that I am on this medication which is just part of the irony of being hungover every week.

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