oh geesh nev!
you need help & bad!
oh boy lemme' see....usually w/ autoimmune diseases you'll go through "the ladder" of meds. they exhaust all nsaids & cox2's & prednisone and then move on to plaquenil.
methotrexate is next & you can get that in an injectable definitely. it may work better than the oral form!
i'd ask the doc about that.
i did have the +RF in my labs and an sedrate.
you do see a rheumatologist right? and the diagnosis HAS to be "rheumatoid arthritis" or "psoriatic arthritis" in order to be approved. some insurances will not approve a drug that is not within the scope of practice of say a General Doctor or PCP or family practice MD.
so perhaps the rheummy can RX injections of MTX.
can you get to a specialized Hospital for Bone & Joint Diseases?
then you'd move onto say the biologic Enbrel (some take MTX along with Enbrel too). it's a weird High Tier drug that may need prior authorization in order to be approved by the insurance co.
Humira is TNF biologic injectable...it's $$$$$$$ too.
(both enbrel & humira have financial aid!!!!!!!! you enroll & Humira sends the meds to your door step at NO COST if you qualify, or it picks up a chunk of money where ins. does not pay).
Remicade you go to the hospital for an IV...i'm on that now, and it's covered by Medicaid and Medicare D.
Rituxan & Orencia are similar biologics given IV...
most meds do need a fight to get approved.
i'm sure many more folks will add their input. pretty much everyone's been through this to some degree.
do you at least have pain meds in the meantime?
hang in there! this too shall pass.
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation.
Meds: Remicade 600mg Q3weeks; 6MP; Avelox; Zolfran; Entocort; URSO Forte; Dilaudid; Oxycodone.