1st Rheumy Visit

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 9/17/2006 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
 I had my first Rheumy visit on Friday. He took 14 vials of blood, a MRI of my wrist and a Dexascan. It was ok though because he has everything in his building so i don't have to travel to get everything done. He ordered me to go on infusion therepy of Remicade,(any info on this therepy that anyone can give me would be appriciated) Anyway I have another appt in two weeks to get all of my results. I am healing from my appendix surgery and that DR has cleared me to go back to work. I hope everyone is doing ok. God Bless

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 9/17/2006 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Andrea... glad you finally got into see a rheumy... Remicade huh? I believe CaMama was on that for a while. I know a lot of people on the Crohn's Forum use Remicade too.. I'm sure someone will be along here shortly to share their stories with you.. How do you like this doc?
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 9/17/2006 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Andrea!
Remicade has been a lifesaver for me!!  I have been on it and methotrexate for over a year now.  I began infusions in July 2005 and I am really doing well.  It has helped my joint pain and swelling so much.  I haven't had any reactions to the infusions but I continue to receive pre-meds "just in case."  Shoot me any questions you might have and I'll see what I can help you with.  Keep me posted on your visits and such.  Good luck!  I'll keep good thoughts for you!

Current DX:  psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, CD, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate 15 mg., celebrex, micardis/hct, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500, zoloft, and now nitroglycerine
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 9/17/2006 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Andrea. I was on Remicade for about 20 months. I LOVED it. It cleared up my psorisis wonderfully and my joints were doing terrific on it! Unfortunately, for me, I had to stop - I have a very weak immune system to start with and eventually started having allergic reactions to the infusions (mainly because my body couldn't handle it anymore, I think.)  It was in my best interest to stop rather than continue with the infusions.

However, many people do NOT have this problem!

The infusion can take up to 3 hours to give, so bring a book and a water bottle. They often give Benedryl and Tylenol as a pre-med. Benedryl makes me sleepy, so wear comfy clothing to sit for 3 hours and in case you want to snooze!

I had immediate results. Because I was going through a severe bout of psorisis at the time, I saw it clearning up within 48 hours after my first infusion. The joints, after each initial infusion were showing signs of improvement as well. I was floored at how good I felt while taking the med - and supposedly it works even better if you take methotrexate while on it (I chose not to because I feel too rotten on it.)

Good luck. ***

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/30/2006 3:09 AM (GMT -7)   
hi andrea!

glad to hear that finally you got to consult a rheumy & you are fit to work again. how are you doing? did the remicade help?
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