I am glad to hear that the trial med you are on is helping. I was going for a trial to get a new apparatas put in my back,a person I know had it put in and said it was a miracle as far as he was concerned. I went for my evaluation for the Stabilimax trial and they denied me. I asked why and they said my back was too bad,multiple problems. It is strange though,the person I know has cancer(Lymphoma) and doesn't have long to live. I am glad for him though. He was denied at the same doctors office but when Stabilimax got the denial letter they told the Dr. to go ahead and do it.
Now I am on for another trial. I would say it will be the same,denial. My back is too bad I guess. I do have my hopes up though,I do not want multiple fusions. Be like a board if you add in the both hip replacements.
I was on a study for Breast Cancer and the only advice I could give is to make sure you read everything you can. The medication I was on removed any excess of estrogen that I may have been producing, even after a complete hysterectomy. Not sure I can name the medication so I left it out.
I have been off of the study for about 3 months, my Oncologist feels that the med I was taking on the study may have caused the Rheumatoid Arthritis. i did a lot of research before hand but the problem was RA was not listed as a possible side effect when you research the med but when you research RA one of the causes is a dramatic change in hormone levels. I probably would have chosen to go one the study anyway because I have an 85% chance of having Breast CA return. The care you receive on a study is excellent as well.
Do a lot of research and then you can make an informed decision.
Best of luck and keep posting to let us know how it goes.