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Not the age, it’s the mileage.

I’m 61 years of age, retired Navy, was at one time a heavy drinker (just said I was retired Navy). Anyhow, I was DX with RA in 2011, indicated by my markers. I had been having some problems with my shoulder, wrists, knees, and elbows since about 1999. I thought it was all due to my lifestyle, a couple of violent car crashes, and 7 years of hanging sheetrock. Was injured on the job in 2003 while hanging sheetrock, compressed disks at c-4,5,6. After I was DX in 2011 I was prescribed Sulfazine and folic acid. I self terminated the treatment, just got tired of labs every 6-8 weeks. This year about Feb/Mar I was having more frequent spells with wrists. Finally saw Rheumy and was prescribed Methotrexate. He told me for someone with marker this high, my joints were in good shape, I was lucky, but he said it was a time bomb. So here I am, more than a little bit concerned about this Methotrexate and its side effects. I stay pretty active, eat pretty healthy for the most part, and I enjoy a few beers, which would average about 2 per week or less over a year’s time. I am an ex smoker, quit in 2010.

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  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing tincanman. You are not alone here. Are you having any side effects since starting the Methotrexate? Anytime you have any new, changing or concerning symtpoms please speak with your doctor right away. In addition to speaking with your doctor, these articles on Methotrexate may be helpful to you:
    The Drug Many Love to Hate:
    Folic Acid and RA: and
    The Pros and Cons of Methotrexate:
    Please let us know your specific questions, we’re here to help. Kelly Dabel, RD – Team

  • tincanman author
    3 years ago

    Thanks, I have had the script filled, I have not yet started taking it, wanted some answers beforehand. At present, my anti inflammatory med is sufficient.

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