I have been on methotrexate since June and it was effective for a few months, however, out of nowhere the pain came back even worse ! It's weird because the pain is better in some places and worse in others. My doctor has introduced me to biologics, so I've been reading about my options. We will discuss them in our next appointment. I am nervous though because there are a lot of risks involved. What has your experience been like? Has any of the biologic response modifiers… read more
im suppose to switch to a biologic next month and i have heard mixed responses about weight gain from biologics
What is the best biologic to take? The shot at home kind (not iv infusion) What would you not recommend as well? I was told today by a second opinion that I was going to need one.
So, apparently I have tried all the biologics that exist for RA. Has anyone else had this happen? What did youe rheumy do next? I'm feeling lose and hopeless at this point.
My RA has responded very well to treatment with biologics (originally Humira, now Cimzia), and in fact I haven't had any significant inflammation for 6 years. My rheumatologist does not want to stop the treatment because (1) if the inflammation returns, it will take 2-3 months for a biologic to resume its effectiveness, and (2) I have permanent joint deformities from earlier when the RA was not under control. On the other hand, I don't want to… read more
I've been on Remicade infusions for a year now and have steadily gained about .5 pound every month - up a total of six pounds since starting the meds. No changes in activity level or calorie intake (I work at a gym so am as active as RA allows me to be and as is necessary for my job).
I've read online about weight gain and biologics. Has anyone else experienced this and did you find that your weight eventually plateaued? The doctor is concerned about keeping me on the medication… read more
I was taking sulfasalazine but it made my liver levels go up so the rheumatologist took me off of it and put me on Plaquinel. I've been on the Plaquinel for 2.5 months and it's not helping at all. On top of that my hair has been falling out since I started taking it. The rheumatologist said that it's very unlikely that the Plaquinel is causing the hair loss. And he doesn't want to put me on any other DMARs because they will all cause liver levels to go up. He doesn't even want to entertain… read more
As my disease progresses and treatments fail, more of my joints are involved. Last year I had my right hip replaced. This month I'll have the left replaced.
However, my wrists, especially my right one, is swollen and sore over 90% of the time. My shoulders are also hurting more often. So my question is, do I continue to replace each of my failing joints since none of the meds are working? Where does this madness end? Have… read more
Hello everyone! I hope you all are well. I just did my second dose of methotrexate yesterday .5ml injection. No problems. I still have stiffness in my fingers and wrist and a little flare in my shoulder and jaw but Alevs took care of that. Next month my doctor is moving me to 1ml per week of methotrexate. I'm wondering if any of you just use methotrexate only and no biologicals. I pushed her to start me on them right away but because I have minimal swelling and too few joint involvement she… read more
Hi RA Team: I've been on Medicare and had a supplement - BC/BS for the past few years. I've been thru the regiment of the biologics - Humira, Enbrel, Rituxan, Remicade, Orencia, Xeljanz ..... now I'm on Simponi which is "covered" at a reduced rate at a Tier 5 level. However, come Jan. of 2017, it will no longer be a covered RX :( I've been on just about every other biologic available. Any suggestions on a Medicare supplement… read more