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Jun 6, 2019 · Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Introduce yourself and meet others in Autoimmune Diseases

Hello, my name is Sheri and I have ulcerative colitis and RA. I am on many anti-inflammatory medications for both conditions. Sulfasalazine, Methotrexate injections weekly, and Cimzia injections. When the RA flares became acute (occurring every 3-4 weeks) the Methotrexate was added to the already prescribed Sulfasalazine 4 tablets 2x daily. The add of Methotrexate reduced the frequency of flares for me to one every 5 weeks and after a year of trying the two meds the Cimzia was added. I have now been able to reduce the sulfasalazine to 2 tablets 2x daily, continue the Methotrexate injections weekly and the Cimzia – 2 injections every 28 days. I am thrilled to report I too was very timid about giving myself shots, but do the weekly Methotrexate without thinking twice about it. I've found icing the injection location prior to injecting makes it pain free for me. The Cimzia shots are another story and I do numb with ice prior to injecting but need to have my DH do those for me every 28 days. For me it's all about tradeoff's and well worth the shots. I am approaching 2 years without a significant RA flare – Cimzia was life changing for me in a great way. I hope you are able to find relief in your journey. I have found some FB groups for Methotrexate and Cimzia to be helpful, there maybe a group for the biologic they are recommending for you. I wish you hope and healing in your search for relief.

May 17, 2016 · Diagnosed with PMR 2 1/2 years ago. How do I manage the extreme pain? in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Hi @julied838, I too am new to taking methotrexate injections and take 1 mg folic acid daily. I’ve had gas and bloating and bouts of uc coming back. I found some foods trigger or worsen the nausea such as corn and my beloved green tea latte with almond milk so for now I’ve given these foods up hoping things will calm down. Hang in there and keep searching for options for me the side affects are becoming less of a problem. The mouth sores, rinse with hot salt water morning and night. I hope this is somewhat helpful.

May 12, 2016 · I’d like to meet others with ulcerative colitis in Digestive Health

I know that when the UC abdominal pain kicks in, for me a cold wash cloth to the stomach area helps calm it down. There are trigger foods that I’ve cut out of my diet that have helped with the abdominal cramping. I’ve discovered cold and/or ice packs are what give me relief when I have joint pain. Contacting your GI doctor is where I would start. It could be a form of joint pain associated with the UC. I hope this is of some help to you. Best wishes Sherw

Apr 4, 2016 · I’d like to meet others with ulcerative colitis in Digestive Health

Hello, I have had UC for 31 years. I’m monitored closely by GI these days and feel as though they are doing everything they can for me. If flares are kept in check that’s the big thing, the more inflammation the higher the risk is what I’ve read. Diet for me has been key. No coffee at all. Dropping coffee out of my diet stopped the need to run and I do mean run to the bathroom. I had no idea. I’m sure everyone is different, but that was key for me. I also don’t eat raw veggies, too hard to digest. I do enjoy cooked veggies and try to get them into my diet regularly. Best Wishes

Apr 4, 2016 · Side effects of Methotrexate for Autoimmune Diseases. in Autoimmune Diseases

Hello, I’m looking for information on Methotrexate for Autoimmune Diseases. Checking to see if anyone has experience with side affects and what to expect in terms of recurring joint pain relief. I have Ulcerative Colitis, have had Colitis diagnosis for 33 years and UC diagnosis for 31 years. I’ve lived with the joint pain for more than 15 years and feel it’s time for some relief. Till now I’ve had prednisone tapers off and on since 2012 and the past 6 months have been fortunate to have a few weeks here and there where I’ve not had joint pain. Most of the time I manager with ice packs, compression and if I’m lucky can take Tramadol at night with Tylenol (depends weather I need to work the next day or not). Any information would be greatly appreciated.