Just a quick post update on the methotrexate. Obviously it’s way too early to know if it’s doing anything at all for the underlying illness. I’m only three weeks in after all. But so far, it does not seem to be disagreeing with me – in that the most common symptom that people have reported (nausea and sickness) isn’t something that I’ve had too badly at all. I’m surprised by this as I’d almost expected it to be terrible, as lots of people I know have said it was for them, but in fact, it has been quite mild, and definitely bearable. The rheumatology nurse said that if I hadn’t experienced it by now (that I’m on the full dose), then I would be unlikely to. So hoorah!
I also learned from the rheumatology nurse that echinacea is not recommended for people with auto-immune disorders, and she advised against taking it. It’s a herbal remedy used to strengthen the immune system and I usually take it at the first sign of a cold or virus, particularly during the winter. I guess that the reason is that if it works, it may provoke a flare up or something. I hadn’t particularly noticed whether it did or not, as actually when I am ill, I often am flare free (body’s too busy fighting virus to fight itself?). It’s worth knowing though, so I will see how I go this winter without taking it.
If that’s the advice, then it must mean that someone somewhere believes that echinacea DOES work to strengthen the immune system, so perhaps that’s good to know for everyone without an auto-immune condition!