Treatment options for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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LAD
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 3/4/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with RA about 5 1/2 years ago.  I have been on a cocktail of meds , that I don't feel work . I have tried Celebrex, Vioxx, Methotrexate, Prednisone, Lefluedi??? I am currently very discouraged and have stopped taking all my meds, don't want to go to my rheumatologist , but now my attacks are getting longer and more painful.
 
I try to eat healthy and get whatever rest I can. 
 
When I was taking all the above mentioned drugs, I felt very "zombie like" and I still had the attacks (but not as severe as current)
 
I am still fairly young (47) and just want to know if anybody else has anything to suggest to me.  I am ready to wave the white flag to my doctors , but I would really like to know some other options of treatments aside from all the drugs (that can cause internal) damage.
 
Many thanks

sjkly
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 3/4/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I would always suggest involving your rhuemotologist in any treatment decisions you make. Having flares like you discribe can cause serious damage that will leave you in pain for the rest of your life.

Having said that I was completely unable to take vioxx and celebrex. I love prednisone but know most people don't.
I take sulindac as an NSAID and found I have fewer side effects from that and more systemic benefit-it helped reduce morning stiffness and fatique.
I also have had great results from plaquenil.

Apart from meds I have found omega 3 fatty acids to be helpful-I eat english walnuts. They make my other arthritis meds work better.

I don't mean to sound like I'm preaching but with RA it is almost essential that you go on DMARDS or the biologics the damage caused by the disease is too great and it isn't just the joints it can also affect your eyes, heart, lungs, etc and if the damage progressess its is unreversable.

If you don't trust your current medical team fire them and get a new one but please work with them to find the right meds to help you without too many unpleasant side effects.

Sj

teddybearweiser
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   Posted 3/5/2008 3:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I would talk to your Rheumy doctor about Remicade or Enbrel. They are both used for treating RA. The Remicade gets infusioned at your Dr office and the Enbrel you give youself the shot.
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