I have 6 weekly blood tests (methotexate psoriatic arthritis) which often show elevated inflammation. Will this effect my organs?

Possibly. Methotrexate is a powerful medicine that must be used carefully. It can lead to a form of cirrhosis of the liver. Usually a liver biopsy is obtained every 2 years or so to look for evidence of side effects of the medicine.

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Recently doc told me I have psoriatic arthritis. But all blood tests negative and never any swelling. Sounds reasonable?

Psoriatic Arthritis. No single test can confirm a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. But some types of tests can rule out other causes of joint pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout. Diagnosis tests may include: x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (mri), rheumatoid factor (rf), or a joint fluid test. Rf is an antibody that's often present in the blood of people with rheumatoid arthritis, not usually psoriatic arthr. Read more...
See details. Blood tests do not help. However, if joints are not swollen psoriatic arthritis is less likely. Have you seen a rheumatologist. Read more...

On methotrexate 25mg/weekly for psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis from your experience & opinion will I experience hair loss?

You can. You can protect your hair to an extent with folic acid, but hair loss can occur. If that doesn't work sometime you can use folinic acid. Read more...
Possibly. Some hair loss is common in patients taking methotrexate. Some experience hair loss at low doses and others on high doses like yourself have no such problem. One can try leucovorin if hair loss is a problem as this can reduce the problem is one is occurring. Read more...

Mild Psoriasis sufferer, chronic pain right forarm & elbow. Blood tests 80 titre ana, positive anticentromere. Psoriatic arthritis or scleroderma?

Occam's Razor. Usually Systemic Sclerosis and/or limited Scleroderma is not characterized by arthritis like you describe. The typical biomarker the anti Scl-70 (anti-topoisermorase). Symptoms have to be put into context and better described than elbow and forearm pain. This one you should see a rheumatologist about. Dermatology would be useful as well. Best of luck! Read more...

I took myself off methotrexate for psoriatic arthritis without my doctor knowing it. I was on arava and enbrel and my enzymes were slightly elevated. I want to see if psoriasis comes back. If it does and my enzymes go down, I will start start the medicine

Should really. You should really talk to your doctor about this. Very important. Read more...
Yes and no. I do believe meds need to be adjusted if liver enzymes are elevated. I also personally do not use Arava (leflunomide) and Methotrexate together because of just this issue. However, i never encourage patients to stop meds without discussing issue with the doctor first. Read more...
No, bad idea. You are on the same team as your doctor. Use your doctor as a consultant to help you make the best decisions for your care. If you alter your treatment plan yourself, you are at the very least putting yourself at risk for a flare of disease, and at worst putting yourself into danger if your medicines require a taper to be done safely. Call your doctor now--tell him/her you'd like to stop your meds. Read more...

Any recommendations for my condition psoriatic arthritis not to eat or drink and what can I do when I start the medicine methotrexate

Psoriasis and gut. Psoriasis is an autoimmune state. Autoimmune means your body is fighting itself. Why? Usually it is triggered by stress of some kind. Address this with managing stress cleaning the gut (probiotics and clean eating). Methotrexate is harsh on the liver so eat liver friendly diet like greens, cruciferous and lemon. Do breathing exercises when stressed. Address sleep issues. Read more...

I'm taking methotrexate along with folic acid. Are there any holistic medicines to treat my psoriatic arthritis?

Absolutely. I am a big fan of anti- inflammatory diets in general and they go farther than just taking a supplement. I personally am a vegan and the health benefits are enormous. Consider reading the books thechina study, forks over knives, and preventing and reversing heart disease. I have seen patients with inflammatory arthritis go into remission just by diet changes. Read more...
Yes, many. There are a huge array of holistic/complementary approaches to treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. See http://www.Thorne.Com/altmedrev/.Fulltext/12/4/319.Pdf ; http://www.Familynaturopath.Ca/tips-resources/articles/solving-psoriasis/ ; http://homeopathyplus.Com.Au/psoriasis-treated-by-homeopathy/ ; http://bit.Ly/17eaeuh i advised working with a good holistic md ;/or homeopath. Read more...