Saw my rheumatologist today. She’s taking me off the methotrexate. It’s been 7 weeks with zero improvement but that’s not why I won’t be taking it anymore. It’s because of my side effects. They would only get worse as we increased the dose.
I’m relieved. I dreaded taking it knowing that I’d feel sick and really fatigued for two days afterward.
She discussed some of the options and decided to give me a 30 day trial of Xeljanz. She said that unlike methotrexate which takes months to work, Xeljanz will show results in one to two weeks if it’s going to work for me.
Xeljanz is an anti-JAK, or Janus kinase inhibitor, which targets a specific cellular process that is involved in the immune response and resulting inflammation in RA.
I’m praying it works. The only concern is that she said it is very expensive. I’ll have to cross that bridge when I come to it.
I know the pharmaceutical company provides assistance with cost so hopefully that will be an option if I stay on it long term.
We talked about my symptoms and she believes that I also have Sjogren’s syndrome too. That is just another thing to add to the list!
I started a new 12 week program at the gym. I have managed pretty well despite the pain this week. I’ve modified the exercises a bit if I was hurting to bad to do what it called for.
I like the program because I function much better emotionally if I have something to focus on.
Don’t take your health for granted. Keep moving while you can. And love on each other ❤