Last week my doctor changed me over from daily Azathioprine to weekly Methotrexate. I couldn’t stand the side effects any longer and it wasn’t really doing much to help my eyes.
I am on week 2 of the Methotrexate, I spend 3 days crook as a dog (the day I take it and 2 days after), horrible but I guess it’s better than the 7 days I felt ill on the Aza. It’s unfortunate I take it on Fridays because I spend all weekend feeling awful then I’m back to normal again for work on Monday …. Hmmmm that was a bit of bad planning!
I’m starting to wonder if my eyes will ever improve, it always seems to be one step forward and then two back. It will be 2 years in November that I have been battling the scleritis, can’t believe how quickly time flies. But it’s not good when you think about it, nearly 2 years and they are no closer to finding out the root cause and really my eyes haven’t improved that much either. I have days where they are so painful I can hardly stand it.
My doctor always calls me a medical mystery and his VIP patient as I’m there every fortnight for my treatment. I guess when you have something relatively rare happening in your body that they can’t solve you do become a bit of a medical mystery. I have seen a rheumatologist, and probably about 6 different eye specialists and I’m still suffering with vision loss and chronic daily pain. The next step is the immunologist; my eye doctor has written a referral so I will see what they have to say when I get my appointment through.
I guess I just need to keep going, keep my mental health well and hope that one day I get some definite answers and a solution to the problem. I think the key for me is staying well mentally, if i’m good in that department I can cope fairly well with the pain and the daily struggle to see. I’m really working hard not to fall down that slippery slope to depression, so far so good!