New to the boards, advice needed...uctd and methotrexate
I will try to make this short. 2 years ago I had a foot surgery all went well and then a few months after my daughter fell on it and fractured my foot where the anchors were. Had to have surgery to repair the anchors. I developed a post op infection, CRPS and cellulitis as a result from this surgery in April 2011.
Since then I have chronic pain and my blood work has come back as the following. Ana titer 1:2560 and a speckled pattern. Cpk around 600 give or take about 50 point depending on the draw, severe anemia, low vitamin d, sed rate ranges from 22-40. I know there is more but I can't think of them. My rheumatologist has run all the other blood tests too...the ones run for specific diseases which have all come back negative. In the past I have had positive chromatin tests but that was when. Was seeing a different rheumy who kept telling me it was fibromyalgia. My pcp encouraged me to go to u of m rheumatology becauses he has suspected a connective tissues issue all along and didn't like what he was hearing from the original rheumy.
The new rheumy agreed that something was brewing and dx me with uctd and said that it was very important to put me on methotrexate to gt the autoimmune system under control. Does this make sense to those of you out there who understand this? I have started the drug and felt like crap for 2 days. Will the methotrexate stop the disease in progress or does it put a bandaid on what is happening inside of me. Will it change bloodwork so that they will never get a clear dx for me? Wii the side effects get better?