Thank you for letting me take a seat.
As to the Kyphosis, I have been lucky so far, I was diagnosed soon enough that no bone has been layed to the extent to start a forward stoop. (knock on wood) AS Does also attack and lay bone where the muscle and tendons attach to the bones. I do have extra bone layed in my hands, elbows, ribs at joints, elbows, hip at sciatic joint, and feet.
Arthritis is an auto immune disease that happens when the liver no longer expels the used white blood cells from the body, so the blood then takes them and begins to deposits them onto the joints throught the body. To stop this from happening you must suppress the immune system and prevent it from attacking itself. ( That is a very short explanation of how this happens.)
As to the Methatrexate that I take weekly, when I was first started on it I had the nausea and the fatigue that took about 3 month to adjust too. Once they found a dosage that suppressed my immune system that took all the bone swelling and pain away, I was a happy camper. This month has been very hard, it all started with the iritis, then went into my chest wall and chest rib joints. So every breath I take is like breathing with broked ribs. I just finished a steroid dose pack but am still having breathing problems. When I am stable I walk 6 days a week and go to the gym 3 day a week, I swim and tone with weights there. This is a must if I am to keep my joints mobile.
LET ME BE VERY CLEAR HERE, when you take any chemo drug there are other meds you will need to take, I also have to take folic acid every day to prevent ulcer sores in my gut and in my mouth , vitaminB6 it is very importent to have and maintain a vitamin B6 level of 35 .