Back to the fun topic of eczema for this weeks blog post! I have been taking Methotrexate for four weeks now, here’s a little update on how it’s going.
I haven’t had a severe flare up since Christmas now, so it’s the longest I’ve been in the last 12 months without flaring (small success). The only patches that seem to be a little stubborn are my neck, chest and creases on my arms. But it’s nowhere as bad as it has been, and I’ve barely used my steroid creams which is something I have been working towards as I don’t want to face Topical Steroid Addiction/Withdrawal. I have been feeling a lot less itchy and I’ve been able to wear makeup, and wear my hair down rather than it being scraped into a Miss Trunchball type bun! I’ve also been able to wear scarves, jewelry and knitted jumpers and basically do whatever I want without feeling super itchy after 5 minutes. I’m still yet to get back into exercise as I don’t want to push myself too far too quickly and risk a flare up.
I’m having blood tests every two weeks, as taking Methotrexate means the docs have to keep a close eye on my liver function and immune system, these can be seriously affected by methotrexate. One thing I have noticed since starting this medication is that I am feeling considerably more tired, not so much so that it’s a concern but I have been finding myself heading to bed a lot earlier after work and just the feeling of wanting to do nothing and just rest. I suppose that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but Anemia is a side effect of taking the drug so I need to keep a close eye on that.
I’m not sure what the next few months will hold, as I can’t be on this medication forever and it plays on my mind that I might just revert back to my flared, rashy state when I stop taking it! But for now i’ll continue taking it, being a pin cushion and spending half my life at the hospital!
Remember, this treatment may not work for everyone and it’s important to do your research before speaking to your dermatologist. If anyone has any specific questions about methotrexate leave me a comment below.