Welcome to Healing Well, Claudia! I'm so sorry that your pain has gotten so bad. I don't have RA but have another disease that is similiar. I have had periods just like you describe - stiff as a board. It stinks for sure....
I was prescribed Remicade in November of 2004. At that time I was only able to get around using a walker or on bad days, using a wheelchair. After the third infusion of the loading dose, I put the walker in the closet and returned the wheelchair. Remicade gave me back my life! My level of inflammation decreased dramatically! Remicade worked wonders for me.
I did have to stop Remicade after 2.5 years when it lost it's effectiveness. This happens sometimes. I was switched to a different medication that is similar to Remicade. That didn't work that well. I switched to another biologic med like Remicade, Simponi, and have been on Simponi now for over a year. It is also prescribed for RA. I do have pain, occasionally and some times bad days, but the good outnumber the bad. Without medications like Remicade and Simponi, I would hate to think how my life would be.
I hope you get good relief from the Remicade! The vast majority of people tolerate Remicade very well. You should be just fine, and hopefully start seeing improvement soon. Let us know how that first infusion goes!
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