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Did I make the right decision?

I have had Fibro for most of my life that I can remember. At age 59 we had moved to a different state. I was told their was a Rheumatologist in my town. I went to visit him mainly for my Fibro but my left hand had been showing signs of arthritis. Burning, sore fingers that were becoming stiff. When I went to this Dr. his office was very professional and thorough. I filled out pages of questions. I was at the office for quite a while. I saw a PA and a nurse and they took several tests. The last 5 min. I saw the Dr. he didn’t say much at all to my Fibro but told me the test for Rheumatoid Arthritis was borderline but he thinks I have R/A. He put me on Prednisone and I felt much better until I ran out. I was losing my hair etc. went back, saw PA only and he wanted to put me on Methotrexate. I had been told by several different people that this office was diagnosing everyone with RA. I was a little cautious, but when they wanted to put me on Methotrexate (cancer drug) I said no and haven’t been back. My left hand has gotten worse and my right hand is starting the same symptoms. Did I mess up by not going on the Methotrexate with a Dr. that hardly even addressed my Fibro? I’m scared, because I am having more and more difficulty with my hands. Any thoughts?

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  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    4 years ago

    Hi Paula ~
    Unfortunately there is no one specific test to diagnose from RA, so rheumatologists use a combination of bloodwork, physical exam, and patient history. Methotrexate is a drug that is commonly used as a first course of treatment after an RA diagnosis. There are definitely some potentially scary side effects but it also helps a lot of people greatly with their pain – as well as helping to protect joints from long term damage. So if your doctor thinks it is the best option for you it is certainly something you should consider. However, if you aren’t happy with it, you can also ask your doctor what your other options are as there are lots of treatment options available for RA these days. Whatever you do it is important to make sure that you are under the care of a qualified rheumatologist so that your doctor can help you prevent long-term damage to your joints. Best of luck to you!
    ~Mariah~ (Site Moderator)

  • Kathy Haynes
    4 years ago

    I think you did the right thing by not taking the methotrexate. I went on it for a short period of time and I felt so toxic. I was sick to my stomach the whole time I was on it. Any other doctors in outer lying cities or towns you could go to?

  • Paula Gilbert author
    4 years ago

    He’s said to be the best around. Scares the heck outta me.

  • Paula Gilbert author
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much. If I don’t do Methotrexate it ? Whatever, will the damage go from my hands and fingers to the rest of my body?

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