Thursday, August 9, 2012

Women Issues: My Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis

I am a beauty and fashion writer living with Rheumatoid Arthritis here’s my story.


Medications  + Side Effects Recap

Methotrexate: interferes with the growth of certain cells of the body, especially cells that reproduce quickly, such as cancer cells, bone marrow cells, and skin cells. Methotrexate is used to treat certain types of cancer of the breast, skin, head and neck, or lung. It is also used to treat severe rheumatoid arthritis.If you are taking methotrexate to treat rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor may start you on a low dose of the medication and gradually increase your dose. Your doctor may tell you to take the medication once a week, stick to that day and take it ONLY on that day.


  • dizziness

  • drowsiness

  • headache

  • swollen, tender gums

  • decreased appetite

  • reddened eyes

  • hair loss

  • blurred vision or sudden loss of vision

  • seizures

  • confusion

  • weakness or difficulty moving one or both sides of the body

  • loss of consciousness

Prednisone: is used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood disorders, breathing problems, severe allergies, skin diseases, cancer, eye problems, and immune system disorders. Prednisone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It decreases your immune system's response to various diseases to reduce symptoms such as swelling and allergic-type reactions. Watch your food and sugar intake, it can increase your appetite and also the blood sugar levels.


  • euphoria
  • insomnia
  • increased appetite
  • mood changes
  • personality changes
  • psychotic behavior
  • severe depression
  • worsening of any existing emotional instability
  • At a high dosage, prednisone may cause fluid retention and high blood pressure.

Below are images of what my wrist can get to on a bad flare up day, this was before Methotrexate and Prednisone were in my my body.

My Life RA

If you have any questions regarding Rheumatoid Arthritis please feel free to leave your comments on the blog or you can e-mail me directly at


The Low Country Socialite said...

Wow, i can't imagine. thank you for sharing this with your readers. It's amazing how many people you can help just by talking about your own personal struggle.

Anonymous said...

Methotrexate saved my hubby's life and now he can swim and bike again!

CPD said...

Thanks so much! I am making it through every day while keeping my passion my alive.


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