I have been reading the posts for several days now, but decided it was time to introduce myself. I am a 29 yr old female........ (and have been holding that age for 26 yrs lol
I was diagnosed with RA in 1968 at age 18 and was told that, by the amount of joint damage I already had, I had probably had it at least 6 yrs by then. I had synovectomies on both hands in 1971 and a bone spur removed from left thumb in 1972.
I went on gold injections in 1969-70 until 1977. I have also been on METHOTREXATE, ARAVA and REMICADE and am going to try HUMIRA starting today or tomorrow. I have heard some wonderful (and some scary) things about
all of the aforementioned medications. I am willing to take some risks, providing I get some benefits. I got none from the METHOTREXATE alone, nor the ARAVA, and the positive results with the REMICADE were short lived.
I fully realize that no medication is going to help my joint damage (I have full body affectation..neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, spine (spondylolisthesis), knees, ankles and feet. *Touch wood*, no problem with hips. Since May of last year, when I told my rheumatologist I wasn't willing to take risks with no benefit....I have been only taking aspirin to take the edge off, so I am being guardedly optimistic about
the HUMIRA, and hoping it will level out my 'discomfort' if nothing else. I would love to be able to sleep through the night...it's been so long, I have forgotten what it was like.
My heart goes out to all of you and the support I have seen here is wonderful. As someone mentioned, family is not always understanding, and who can blame them...they have no comprehension of what we actually go through. The only ones who truly know, are those who have been afflicted with the same condition(s). After reading many of the posts, I feel fortunate to be in the shape I am in.
OK I am off to the pharmacy to pick up my first delivery of HUMIRA, and will keep you posted.
hugggggs to all