Stopping Methotrexate

Have been on methotrexate 20mg (8/@2.5mg) for about a year and 1/2. Recently moved and have a new Rheumatoligist who did his own blood test and x-rays, according to him he cannot find the blood factor or damage to any joints to prove that I have RA. I would like to know can I stop taking methotrexate or do I have to ween off of it slowly? Or should I even be thinking of stopping the meds? I have not had the pain or stiffness like I use to in about 2 months. For 3 months I have been seperated from my husband, a very bad situation that I was in for 12 years. I have been reading up on stress and what that can cause and do to a person. My body feels so much better, what do you make of this? Thank you, Loretta

Proper subcutaneous injection technique

I did an experiment, I am on enbrel for 3 months now and was getting a reaction at the site each time, so for 4 injections I pressed the auto injector down into my thigh a bit harder and notiiced no reaction at the site, it bled a little but that was all. So this past week I let up and did it with a lighter pressure and low and behold got a reaction. My question is do you think when it goes in a bit deeper it keeps it from pooling in the upper dermis and irratating the surrounding tissue? Has anyone looked into this?

Leg and knee pain from Osteoarthritis?

I was diagnosed with RA at 26, and took NSAIDS for a number of years. Currently, 62. RA seemed to disappear in early 50′s. Now I’ve developed psoriasis mostly on elbows and now on lower knuckle of hands and some leg lesions.Three months ago I developed knee joint problems and then tore hamstring and calf muscle without much exertion. Was given PT for the muscle tears and Supartz for the knee. Since then the pain in the legs have become severe with anti-inflammatories giving some relief. Have only seen an orthopedist and he thinks leg and knee pain just from osteoarthritis. Could it be Psoriatic Arthritis?? and whom should I see. Dermatologist took care of the psoriasis.

Is there an increased risk to knee replacement in psoriatic arthritis and peripheral neuropathy?

I have psoriatic arthritis and peripheral neuropathy. The peripheral neuropathy is bilateral L>R. My neurologist does not know what is causing the neuropathy. I need a knee replacement on the left. Is there a contraindication to knee replacement in psoriatic arthritis and peripheral neuropathy. Also, is peripheral neuropathy common in people with psoriatic arthritis. I am a FNP and my lit searches only reveal peripheral neuropathy w/ rheumatoid arthritis. Do you know of a clinic specializing in psoriatic arthritis in NC or surrounding area? Thank you, Dianne