Diagnosed in 2006. Janet takes Methotrexate 15 mg but experiences severe sickness and nausea. She will start taking Methotrexate in injection form and hopes this will reduce its side effects. She also takes Tramadol with paracetamol; folic acid and amitriptyline at night when needed.
Janet was diagnosed in 2006. She takes Methotrexate 15 mg but this drug makes her experience severe sickness. She will start injecting her medication in the hope of reducing the side effects. She has been on Methotrexate for two years but thinks that this drug is not controlling her RA as well as it should. Janet still experiences a lot of stiffness every morning.
Janet had carpel tunnel surgery that has helped improve her wrists movements. Doctors don’t know whether the problem with her carpel tunnel was linked to her rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or not. Janet’s mother was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in old age and also had carpel tunnel surgery. No one else in her family has the condition.
Janet says that it is difficult for others to understand how she is feeling because she tends to put on a ‘brave face’. She thinks that her husband only began to understand how RA affects her after he went with her to one of her hospital appointments. Janet says that all aspects of a marital relationship, including sex life, can be affected by a condition like RA because the partner might feel rejected. She and her husband are able to communicate and talk about things and that has helped. Janet is worried about her chances of having children because of her age and her condition. The idea of being taken off medication months before trying for a baby is a big concern of hers.
Janet trained as an horticulturalist and was very disappointed to find out that it is a job she cannot do now because it can be too demanding on the body. Janet is thinking about what to do next but is unsure of her options. She does not know of any organisation that provide information and advice about employment/career opportunities for people with RA.
Janet says that she has always eaten healthily. She has been a vegetarian for many years, but doctors have suggested she includes fish in her diet because fish oil is good for the joints. Since diagnosis Janet has noticed that dairy products aggravate her symptoms and has switched to soya products. Similarly she has tried a gluten free diet and says that she felt better on it. Regarding exercise she has found that the best one is walking. Movement alleviates her stiffness so she tries to walk for about 30 minutes most days.