Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Insurance denial of Xeljanz

Insurance denial of Xeljanz

I've been on Enbrel for 2+ years and Humira prior to that. Enbrel worked fairly for the first year or so but I've been having a lot of joint damage in my fingers. Not much pain though. After my last Rheumatologist visit he has suggested trying Xeljanz and has submitted a prescription to my pharmacy (CVS Specialty Pharmacy). So far it has been rejected and they want me to first try Kevzara and Orencia. I haven't found anyone who has used Kevzara and it was only approved in 2017. I know… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

I tried a sample of Zeljantz and it worked well for me but my insurance denied it and recommended Humira. My doctor gave me a sample dose pack of read more

posted 8 days ago
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Has anyone received advice from a doctor as to what to do if you’ve been exposed to someone with the flu?

Has anyone received advice from a doctor as to what to do if you’ve been exposed to someone with the flu?

I’m on Enbrel and was exposed to two people today with the flu for extended periods. I’m wondering if there would be any benefit in going to a doctor now (because I catch everything) or if I have to just sit back and wait to see if symptoms develop.

I’ve heard horror stories from people on Enbrel and Humira about their experiences with the flu, so if there’s something I can do now to avoid it or minimize… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

I agree with the previous answers. You should call your doc and ask for a prescription for an anti-viral. They work better if taken as soon as possible… read more

posted 3 months ago
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Weight Gain - RA

Weight Gain - RA

Hi all!

Has anyone experienced weight gain from any of the following arthritis medications?

Methotrexate
Enbrel

Anxiety Medications?
Lexapro
Buspar
Gabapentin
Propranolol

Birth Control?
Nexplanon Implant

Trying to figure out what could be causing my weight gain of over 35 pounds in under a year. Thanks!

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A myRAteam Member said:

It's the Lexapro. I gained over 20 pounds on that drug, once I stopped, I lost it all and was back to my normal self. Only problem, Lexapro made me feel… read more

posted 5 months ago
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Short remission - antibiotics? High altitude with dry weather?

Short remission - antibiotics? High altitude with dry weather?

Hello all -
I was taken off of Enbrel for a short time due to a skin reaction. While off RA medications, I had two root canals and was put on antibiotics (amoxicillin). While still on anabiotics, I took a vacation to the cold Southern deserts of Utah at a very high altitude. I was dreading the cold and change in climate expecting to feel achy. Surprisingly, I didn’t have any of my RA symptoms until the last day at the airport when we were flying out of… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

I was on a trip to Law Vegas from MN and my pain was not there So yes I think difference in altitude and dry warmth helps I never slept so good in the… read more

posted 7 months ago
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Explaining RA to your employer

Explaining RA to your employer

I've been at my current job for 6 months and unfortunately have had a flare recently that has led me to miss some work. I've been very upfront about my condition with my employer, which has taken me time to practice as I used to be afraid of discrimination when I started out in my career. My boss is kind and not discriminatory at all...but she still doesn't quite seem to get that I can have random, unpredictable flares and sometimes need to take time off.

For those of you who work… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

This is a challenge to be a productive employee at work and deal with the time off needed for doctor appointments and the flares. However, if you are… read more

posted 7 months ago
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Arnica tincture

Arnica tincture

Arnica is great for bruises, sprains, soreness, and swelling and for the relief of arthritis, muscle, and joint pain. It comes as tinctures, creams, salves, ointments, gels and oils, all for topical use. These products are available at health food stores and at some pharmacies. I prefer the tincture, which smells good and feels good. You can massage it into any injured area with unbroken skin.

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A myRAteam Member said:

May try it... My arms are covered in bruises.

posted 11 months ago
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Does anyone have RA of the spine?

Does anyone have RA of the spine?

I have RA in my spine and have had it for a very long time. I've had surgery in my neck where they placed a 6" brace along with wire mesh, a couple of screws, some cadaver bones etc. I live in Michigan and it can be say 40 degrees when you wake up and then 20 degrees at lunch time so it's easy to get caught unprepared. My issue is my neck and down my back a little way feels like a sharp knife if it gets cold. My family think I'm crazy because I wear all kinds of layers at home… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

I know how you feel about having insurance. With this disease I would be bankrupt without it. I can't believe how much just a months worth of one… read more

posted 3 months ago
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skin burning sensation

skin burning sensation

I get burning sensations on patches of skin on my arms (near the elbow), legs (near the knee) and on the backs of my feet. These come and go but I usually have some burning sensation somewhere ~once per day. The 'burning' site is not hot or red. I take Enbrel once/week and 600 mg gabapentin twice/day (the latter on the assumption that the burning is a neuropathic pain). Gabapentin doesn't seem to help. Anyone have this? Is this an Enbrel side effect? Or a symptom of RA? Anything that… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

I use Enbrel and have not experienced anything like that.

posted 21 days ago
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What RA treatments have your doctors added to Enbrel?

What RA treatments have your doctors added to Enbrel?

I have experienced progress with Enbrel but I still get major flares about 1-2 times a month. My doctor has suggested adding Methotrexate if I keep getting flares.

I’m wondering what other treatments doctors have prescribed to supplement Enbrel.

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A myRAteam Member said:

yes I take both. I hv no problems taking these meds

posted about 1 month ago
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