My name is Elizabeth and I will never have an easy disease to diagnos.
It took several years after I began seeing a rheumatologist to find I have arthritis.
I've taken a few different drugs, but none of them truly worked out for me.
Methotrexate didn't work well.
But Leflunmoide changed my life.
Not so much arthritis wise, as I responded well in that fact. However I began getting thyroid and kidney problems on Leflunomide. I have calcium crystals in my kidneys, which could later turn into stones. As my mum says, "I'm sparkling on the inside." We found this as blood was found in my urine many times. I've seen a specialist for this problem and we are taking care of it right now (mostly just waiting it out and discontinuing Leflunomide). I had to do a twenty four hour urine sample, which is giving all the urine I produce in twenty four hours. It really is quite embarrassing walking in hospital with a container of your own urine but it's worth it if it means I will receive correct treatments.
I read up on Leflunomide and found that although it's uncommon, it can cause kidney stones and most times this happened in less than two months starting Leflunomide. I wish everyone knew this! Also, if you ever find blood in your urine (very dark urine most times) call your doctor right away as it could be crystals OR liver problems!
Just doing my job to look out for other's with arthritis. :)