Hi all, I am a 27 year old female and have been diagnosed with Psoriasis at the age of 16 and psoriatic arthritis at the age of 25. I have most of my shins, knees and elbows covered and then the odd small patch here and there. To be honest I can cope with the psoriasis but during the last 3 months the arthritis has gone to a new level and I have multiple joints swolen. The worse part is that my ankles and the bottom of my feet are badly swolen making walking very painful. When I visited my rheumatologist he immediately instructed that I start taking methotrexate, otherwise I may end up in a wheelchair. After reading about the drug and basically if you stop it the disease comes back with a vengeance, I am very skeptical. Over the past 2 weeks I have started taking a proper diet therefore removing all gluten, dairy, eggs, nightshades, tomatoes, preservatives (I haven't drunk alcohol in years). As soon as I wake up I squeeze one whole lemon with roughly a litre of water. Then I eat 50g of organic gluten-free oats with some almond milk. Then I take a number of supplements which include; milk thistle, dandelion, lyrinol and tumeric. Next week I registered for a hydo-therapy class, hopefully to relieve the pain and of course start going regularly. What are your views on the above? Shall I start taking the methotrexate? Are the suppliments listed above sufficient? Your personal opnions are much appreciated because I am in terrible pain. Thanks in advance!!!
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