Since being diagnosed with RA, I have talked to a few people who have RA and are not being treated with disease modifying drugs, such as methotrexate.
Three people that I know have RA and do not take anything like it. They take over the counter nsaids or Celebrex or something similar, and that's it.
Given the serious possible side effects of this drug and the fact that no one I know, in person, has been prescribed this.....it gets me wondering.
How do they determine if one should take it? On one hand, you read that RA should be treated seriously and aggressively. On the other hand, you read that methotrexate hIas serious, potentially fatal side effects and should only be taken if you have life threatening cancer or the like.
I'm so confused.