I am not a doctor, but I sure can relate to what you are going through.
I had an arthroscopic procedure done. I got much worse after the scope.
The rheumatologist concluded I had psoriatric arthritis. I have been told this is similar to RA. The rheumatologist put me on Humira, which is a biologic. I had my first 40 mg injection at the hospital. I could not believe how much better I felt within 24 hours. I was able to go to a movie theatre and watch the whole movie. I was able to walk out of theatre without a cane or assistance. Normally if I had sat that long, I would totally stiffen up. I stayed well for several days. It was not until the following week that I started to feel arthritic again. The people, nurses, from the Humira site told me that patients that do well so quickly are usually excellent candidtes for Humira. Two days ago I had my second shot. I think I left the drug out of the fridge too long. I did not get the same relief the second time. It could also be that I was diagnosed with a staph infection in my lungs and chest by my family doc on Friday. So maybe this added stress was more they I could bare. Who knows? I will be sure to not leave humira out in the heat again.
I was wondering if you are 100 per cent sure you had excema and not psoriasis. It is very easy for docs to confuse the two conditions. If it was psoriasis you should definitely be checked for psoriatric arthritis. If not, it still sounds like you should see a good rheumatologist.
I hope you get a diagnosis soon and an action plan for treatment.
I hope this info has been of some help to you. keep us posted. May God grant you some anwers and relief soon.
Post Edited (effie) : 8/23/2005 9:47:21 AM (GMT-6)