Advice about MTX - and can you take it with Advil??
I began the symptoms of RA last August. Painful hands, feet, wrists and ankles. I found myself breathless. Swollen glands under neck. Flu symptoms. My ankles swelled. Following blood tests and physical examinations, I was put on MTX late November. I don't know how well its controlling my 'early' RA - but I seem to be able to get out of bed easier. Two months ago, it was a serious undertaking going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
I also have cervical spondylothis/osteoarthritis in neck and spine. That has been managed with cortisone epidurals every eight months or so - Vioxx, muscle relaxants - and Advil.
I understand from the net that Advil interferes with MTX elimination through the kidneys. However, the paracetymol (sorry about spelling) the doctor prescribed doesn't do much for the pain.
Lastly, I find my right wrist much more painful than the left. I'm a painter/illustrator. And right-handed... I try however to do things in the house with my left. Do 'splints' exist for wrists... Any advice about making one's own??
I'd be really grateful for any thoughts/ideas about any of the above.