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Posted by Babs May on June 11, 2000 at 13:30:39:

Hello everyone! This is my first time posting a message! I am so thrilled! Anyway, I would really appreciate any insight or suggestions on a few subjects.
1. I have Psoriatic arthritis and FMS. I am concerned about all the meds. that I am currently taking. I take .9cc methrotrexate injections weekly, Arava 20mg a day, prozac 40mg a day, celebrex 400mg a day, folic acid 1mg a day, Trazadone 75mg at night & tylenol 3 as needed. I am 30 yrs. old and so scared of what all this medication is going to do to my body in the long run but I am also scared of what the arthritis will do to my body if i do not treat it aggressively. Any thoughts anyone?
2. I know that a sed rate of over 20 indicate inflammation in your body, but how high is really high. My Rhem. ( who I love) states that my psoriatic arthritis is a mod. to severe case but my Sed. rate at it's highest has only been 68. However,I also know that before going to my rhem. i could hardly walk. But, my question is, is the pain from my FMS or PA and how can you tell?
3. I have been feeling better since I have been on the methro. and Arava but can't seem to movtivate myself to exercise ( which I know how important it is to exercise) partly because of my fatigue and partly because it has been so long since I have exercised that I am so weak. Any suggestions?
4. Lastly, Has anyone lost a lot of weight and found their arthritis to be much better? If so, please tell me of your experience!! I need movtivation desperately!!!! I am 60 pounds overweight and counting! I need to do something but seem to have no control over what I eat!

Thanks to everyone in advance for any suggestions and thanks for reading my long and rather boring post!

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