First time on any ra forum but I've been lurking for years ☺
I was diagnosed with JIA 17 years ago (at the age of 13) and was taking 22.5mg methotrexate tablets for many years. I had all the side affects (hair loss, mouth ulcers, sickness, constant chest infections etc) By the time I was in my early/mid 20s I had no flare ups and no morning stiffness and decided to take myself off the poison and my life carried on as normal. Genuinely believed I had 'grown out of it' like I was told it could happen. Started to have operations to correct deformities etc and even started my family. 6 months after having my youngest daughter I had the flare up from hell. I was in total denial at the time and believed it would go away again but it didn't. After nearly a year of struggling with daily tasks and taking care of my children I finally gave in and I've just had my first injection of methotrexate last week.