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methotrexate or shingles-a warning!

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  • Posted By: txtrnl341
  • February 23, 2008
  • 01:51 PM

my husband was diagnosed with shingles by his gp after developing oral sores. the doctor did a blood test as well. this was followed by a trip to his rheumatologist who was informed of the oral sores and had the results of the gp's blood test in his hand as well. he noticed the blood test showed some anemia and said that this could have been caused by his being unable to eat alot because of the sores. he then sent him home with his refills, including one for methotrexate.
a little over a month later my husband died of pancytopenia as a result of acute methotrexate toxicity. he was 71.
i'm at a loss how to proceed, as oral sores and anemia are huge warning signs of methotrexate poisoning. it seems the rheumatologist should have known that. and frankly at that time, i was more concerned about his mental health, which had been spiraling down for several months, than i was about shingles. it seems that was caused by a lack of oxygen to his brain as a result of his condition.
this is an excruciating way to die. the few i would let see him said they had never ever seen anyone in such pain. i would like to warn people or do something so this doesn't happen to anyone else.
any ideas?

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