A woman from Spen has seen vast improvements to her health problems after taking part in a medical pilot study.
It is five years since Susan Dawson started to suffer from osteoarthritis. She started with pain in her knees, which eventually resulted in one giving way. X-rays revealed she was suffering from osteoarthritis. She was prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs and also had steroid injections but nothing seemed to work.
“The swelling in my knees was terrible and I was in agony,” said the 57-year-old from Liversedge.
In the end she was forced to take time off from her job as a school’s learning mentor. She was then offered Methotrexate, which is already used to treat people with rheumatoid arthritis (a different condition), as part of a pilot study led by the University of Leeds.
The study showed that 37 per cent of patients with knee osteoarthritis who took methotrexate had a 40 per cent reduction in their pain.
“It took about three months before I noticed any difference,” Susan said.
“But then the swelling started to go down and the pain became a lot better.” Susan was on methotrexate for about 18 months.
“It seems to have done the trick but if my knees swell up again I will definitely want to start taking it again.” For more on the trial contact Sarah Hogg on 0113 392 4990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.