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Newly Diagnosed and taking Methotrexate

  • By Robyn Sanchez

    Hi, I’m a 42 year old woman newly diagnosed and taking Methotrexate.

    I am on my 6th week of the drug… 4th week at full strength.

    I have noticed that I am having trouble with memory recall. Last week, I was filling out some school forms for my daughter. I spent a great deal of time (30 minutes?) trying to remember how to spell her middle name. I wrote it on a piece of paper over and over, it finally occurred to me I could go look at her birth certificate. I was near tears. Today, I needed to write a check and I had no idea how to write the number portion. I knew I needed to spell it out but I wasn’t sure how.

    Is this something methotrexate related? Anyone else have these kind of moments?

  • By Scott Howard

    Hi Robyn,

    I too am sorry for your diagnosis. You will find support here and our our Facebook page, so “like” it if you haven’t already.

    I’m on MTX too, 25 mg/week and I haven’t noticed any memory problems. Of course, I haven’t noticed any help with my RA either, but that’s another story.

  • By Kelly Mack Moderator

    Hi Robyn,

    It took about a month for me to start noticing some positive effects on my RA when I started methotrexate. Not familiar with memory issues, but sometimes I do have trouble thinking and remembering on days when I’m not feeling well. I relate this to “RA brain fog” due to the pain and discomfort. Hope you get feeling better.