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kgriffin11nc posted:
I was diagnosed with RA a few months ago. I have been on a bevy of pills, including methotrexate, for about 5 weeks. I stopped taking them about 1 1/2 weeks ago, and the symptoms have come back. Does this mean I will likely have to be on the pills the rest of my life? I ask because - and yes, I know this sounds bad - but I do miss the occasional party with my friends (i.e., going out and drinking), and I know I can't drink with these meds. Anyone else going through this?

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Mommyfor2 responded:
Yes sadly we will probably all be on these medications for the rest of our lives. Thankfully, even though we can't drink we can hopefully enjoy a better life with less pain because of these meds. There are new drugs in the pipe line that should help RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS without shutting down our immune system. If this pans out, then hopefully then we can drink. I know it sounds silly and minor to doctors - but I really noticed a difference in my social life.


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