arjay replied the topic: Fibromyalgia and Methotrexate
Some time ago they tried to give me methotrexate for my Masthenia gravis. After reading about the side effects I refused to take it.
Basically its main use is in chemotherapy and has many side effects but if your serious ill with cancer then probably better than the alternative.
Wikipedia has a good outline on its use and side effects as a starter As the causes of fibro still are not determined
to have such a powerful drug administeredI doubt if it would be prescribed for fibromyalgia.
But again talk to you medical advisors and pharmacy for their advice..
Peter replied the topic: Fibromyalgia and Methotrexate
I did once, but it made me very ill. Really powerful head ache and set off all the symptoms I suffered when I had serotonin syndrome several years prior to trying this drug. So I didn't get too far with it before swearing off of it forever.
I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)
NightBird replied the topic: Fibromyalgia and Methotrexate
Methotrexate is an old and useful chemotherapeutic drug, now commonly prescribed to treat Psoriatic Arthritis, severe psorasis and sometimes as a part of some chemotherapy regimes. It kills cells. Lots of them. Bad and good ones.
I'd be sick after each weeks injection for most of the week and I had no immune system, but it extended my life and preserved my body and bones. Friends with arthritis like mine who refused the drug have since died. I'm not confined to the chair yet. I experienced it as great old reliable treatment that reduced my swelling and symptoms for years combined with other drugs.
I was on it for about 20 years for arthritis and then to treat two types of arthritis and then, arthritic inflammation that spread into my eyes and other organs (lungs, heart). Specialists eventually put me on an off label dose (I was injecting 35mcg/W) and i got very sick. A year in hospital later, I'm off it and recovered. And about 50 kilos lighter. But I'm alive and I can walk still. I've lost friends from arthritis. They chose to not have MTX.
Everyone's choice is their own. Arthritis shortens your life span and prolonged usage of MTX can give you cancer. I'll live while I'm alive.
Staying up all night so I can feel held by the day...