Hi Don and Welcome!
I also was dxd. with RA(severe) in my 20's. I've had it for 30 years now. Or I should say, it's had me.
I've been on Humera, Enbrel, Orencia, Actemra and Rituxan plus most of the usual older drugs. Actemra did help 20-30%.
I'm amazed that Enbrel worked for you for 12 years(with occasional flares) and that it made you feel better so quickly. Wonderful to hear.
My experiences on bios haven't been successful. I have been on all the above bios, some for 7 months, others for 1 1/2 years, without feeling any better. While on Enbrel, the nodules near my elbows and the wart on my right hand disappeared and haven't returned. Expensive wart remover. :)
Some of the older drugs did put me in remission for 2 years to 5 years when I was younger.
Concerning your feet. You didn't discribe the rash but the Doctors are scratching their heads? Hopefully, you have not seen a Dermatologist yet but will soon. They are supposed to be experts in skin problems.
I only had a large patch of Eczema on my right arm in my 20's that I used prescribed Hydrocortizone on sparingly for a few weeks. It hasn't retuned.
There are many skin conditions as you know. It is not uncommon for People with one autoimmune disease like RA to develop other autoimmune diseases including skin conditions such as Psoriasis which I may be developing at this time. I have a patch on my cheek and above my right eye but it can appear anywhere on the body including on hands and feet. I haven't been to a Dermatologist yet. There is a Psorasis forum on this site, if you haven't been there. Please keep us updated.
I give you much credit in trying to keep your job going. That is so difficult with RA. I do hope that you have insurance coverage to help out.
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Raynauds - Osteoarthritis - other stuff
Folic Acid - Fosavance - Tramadol - Pantoloc(as irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indomethacin - Salbutamol - Prednisone - Humalog - Fluconazole - Systane Ultra - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - Cod Liver Oil Caps - Vit D other OTC
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