Congrats on school!!!!!!!!!! I graduate with my bachelor's degree in accounting this coming April. It has been a tough road and has taken so much time and at times so much strength! I am going to give you a different option for school. Are you planning on going to campus for classes? I was attending ASU for some time but it just got harder and harder to make it to class because of my health. I looked at my option and found a wonderful all girl school and have been able to finish my degree in the comfort of my own home in my own bed Here is the link to the school I have been going to:
Just take a look and always remember you have options!
Now about methotrexate. I am on it and have been on it for over a year. I was one of the few who took the shot on Mondays. I had to move my shot to Fridays so that I could go back to work. It is a tough drug to handle and you should do as much research as you can before you make the decision if it is right for you. I give myself .77cc every Friday night and about an hour after I receive the meds I start to feel pretty yucky. The best way to describe the yuck you will feel is that it feels like you have a horrible case of the flu. Body aches and fever and all that fun stuff! I continue to feel like that through Saturday and normally that is a bed day. I make sure I have pain medicine to get me through the day comfortably and just rest as much as possible. I am recovering from it as we speak Sunday is so much better! I have more energy and my pain has significantly decreased. The week days are easier to handle and I really feel it has helped me a lot! By Friday morning I know my body is needing the shot because I am in more pain, energy has decreased and you just feel tired. I would definitely encourage you to try it. Your doctor will start you out with a lower dose and will gradually increase you level until it fits with your body. You will need lab work just to monitor your liver function. One of the most important things is that you will need to take a prescription dose of folic acid. Methotrexate strips your system of folic acid and so you need to put more back in!!!! This will also help with the severity of the side effects. Try it! If it doesn't work for you at least you know you tried!!!!! Keep me posted on your decision and feel free to ask me any question you may have!!!!!!! Good luck tomorrow and I can't wait to hear how it goes
As I grow to understand life less and less,
I learn to love it more and more.
Age 29, Lupus for last 7 years
Medications: Methotrexate, Lyrica, Celebrex, Flexeril, Theophylline, Bactrim, Xopenex, Lisinopril, Ultram