Susan benefits from medical pilot study

Susan Dawson, of Norristhorpe, who suffers from osteoarthritis.

Susan Dawson, of Norristhorpe, who suffers from osteoarthritis.

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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 s.f.hogg@leeds.ac.uk.