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BETRME100
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8/2/13 5:16 P

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7/28/13 8:03 A

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Good Morning. I am new to the world of Methotrexate and was excited to see there's a group for this. My problem is different as I don't have RA but do have an auto immune condition which is attacking my eyes. I have had chronic Uveitis which is an inflammatory condition of the eyes for almost three years. Steroid drops to treat the inflammation and glaucoma drops to treat the pressure have proven to be frustrating at best. My retinal specialist finally referred me to a rheumatoid doctor. She has started me on Methotrexate weekly injections in hopes of saving my eye sight. At this point I have given myself four injections. There is no change in my eyes but it's to early yet. So far I have tolerated the injections with hardly any side effects. Injection day leaves me very tired and a roaring headache but if that's as bad as it gets for me, I'm good.

Research has shown a 79% success rate in treating Uveitis with Methotrexate so I'm praying it will work in my case. This condition is so difficult to treat because the Pred Forte drops tamp down the inflammation but cause the pressure in the eyes to go off the charts so they treat that with glaucoma drops. When they back me off of the steroid drop the inflammation flares. It's a vicious cycle. Hopefully if the Methotrexate works, I can get off all drops and stop the fare ups. The steroid drops caused cataracts which have been removed. The Pred Forte is prednisone in eye drop form and to stay on it would cause blindness.




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I am sorry that you too have RA, but I am glad you found this team. I found looking for topics on this team that related to my experience helped me connect with others who were having some of the RA issues. I wish you well! Hugs, Laurel

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7/27/13 8:33 A

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Good for you to choose a healthy lifestyle, and find a place to get answers from others with RA. I've found the members here to be a great resource for me (even though my RA is relatively mild) - and we're great cheerleaders, too!

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7/26/13 11:10 P

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Hi. I'm a grandma looking to stay healthy & mobile with rheumatoid arthritis.



 
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