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Posted by Jess on October 20, 1999 at 21:43:54:

In Reply to: psoriatic Arthritis posted by kathryn on October 14, 1999 at 15:37:17:

: Just recently I went to the rheumtoid doctor about my psoriatic arthritis. He said that my case was serious and that if I didn't do something my hands and my hips would not be able to function much. He wants me to go on the Methotrexate. I do not want to harm my immune system and my liver so I am looking for an alternative. Can someone help??

My hubby has psoriatic arthritis. His is not as severe as yours but he has been living with this for 11 years now and at one time he had swelling so bad that he was unable to walk. He tried numerous meds including methotrexate. Methotrexate did not work for him (didn't make him feel too good either). He also tried all the other arthritis remedies from NSAIDs to pycnogenol to vicodin to ridaura (gold) and the best one for him yet is good old ibuprofen, 800 mg 3-4x/day. Low stress is major also. For whatever reason, he has improved greatly over the last 11 years and all he's done is de-stress, take ibuprofen, and live clean and healthy. It is frustrating cause there is not very much info out there for those suffering w/psoriatic arthritis. Did your doctor tell you that methotrexate would harm your immune system? I know it is a cancer drug and I understand that some cancer treatments actually strengthen your immune system. Perhaps you should get a second opinion. I believe you should keep trying things until you find the one that works for you. Good luck to you. Also, have you tried Dovonex for the skin (works great for my husband).


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