Xeljanz is only 2 years old and so there are no reports of long term side effects. It has been suggested I start it but I am very leery of the long term effects especially with recurrence of cancer.
Hi Laurie, I switched over to Xeljanz 4 months ago because Humira had stopped working for me, just like all of the other meds. I, too, was Very leery to try Xeljanz because of the potential side effects, but needed a med that stayed at a constant level in my system. Now I have blood work done every month to keep close tabs on any changes. But I've also switched to a High alkaline diet which makes it almost impossible for cancer to grow in your body. The reason I know this is because I've spent the past two years helping my Dad fight Esophageal Cancer. I went to every Dr's appt, Infusion appt and spoke with every Specialist/Nurse I could, and they all said the same thing...Cancer can't grow in an alkaline environment.
I hope this helps! Feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.
Hi All, I hope you're doing well after the crazy holidays! I'm sorry I haven't been able to respond to your questions sooner, sadly I lost my Dad to Cancer just 3 months ago. I've been so overwhelmed with grief, we were very close. I spent the past 2 years flying back and forth to Las Vegas every month to go through procedures, surgeries and Dr. appointments with him, Thank God I was able to be there by his side, at home, when he passed. I feel so Blessed to have been there with him.❤️
In answer to your questions regarding an Alkaline Diet, I find Dr. Axe (www.draxe.com) to have the best answers! There is a process you have to go through before you actually begin the diet, you have to eliminate dairy, sugar, alcohol, etc, then take probiotics, kumbucha, etc to balance your gut bacteria, then go on the diet. It sounds overwhelming, but it really isn't! You will feel much better, lose weight and make it very difficult for cancer to begin, which is a big fear for all of us on these RA meds.
I also want to mention that Kaiser now offers Accupuncture! I had my first treatment last Thursday and was extremely impressed with how much better I feel after just one treatment, I have 7 more to go so I will keep you posted!
Love and Blessings to you all! Lynnie
Hi I'm interested to know the basics of a high alkaline diet, I would be keen to try it
I'm on Xellejanz I'm taking 5mg in the morning & 5 mg at night have only been on it for a coup tog months haven't had any noticeable side affects except headaches at this stage I have regular monthly blood tests