So sorry to hear of the difficulties you've had. with repsect to your question about flares, i can share my experience with you. Before my current cocktail of DMARDs (plaquenil, enbrel, mtx), I had little to no relief for the past year to year and half. I can relate to what you're feeling, but it does sound like you may have had it a bit worse than I did. Hang tough until your doctor finds the right combination of meds. Remicade, although a somewhat scary drug, has been a wonder drug for many. And you'll have to take it under supervision, so if an allergic reaction happens you'll be in good hands. I believe that Erin has had a few remicade treatments and she can offer you insight on that particular drug. I was on enbrel for about 9 months. It is a good drug, but it did take a while for it to actually kick in for me (about 5 months). The magic for me didn't happen until my rheumy added mtx to the enbrel last summer--within a month or two I was a completely different person. But it is different for everyone. Prednisone can be a life-changing drug and can get you through until you can find something more permanent.
Post Edited (erin.K) : 3/6/2007 3:13:45 AM (GMT-7)
I've missed everyone, how is everyone doing!!?? It seems that I find myself thinking of you guys when I'm at my worst and that's really not what we are all about. So, today, is a good day and I just wanted to say Hi. There is a light, in the middle of all of the tears, I just know it!