Hi leeloo67, am trying to decide whether to start enbrel, humira or remicade. Right now, I am physical therapy and feeling some minore relief. I have RA/Osteo and spinal stenosis. Diagnosed about
4 or 5 years. On methotrexate, prednisone, plaquenil, etc. My rheumy has me taking this physical therapy in hopes that it will relieve some of the constant back and hip pain. When I first went to him I had bursitis in both shoulders, both hips and could not even turn on a light switch without help. I was completely miserable. Had fibromyalgia also. After about
two years trying different antiinflamatory drugs along with the metho., prednisone, etc., I finally began to feel better in my kneew, shoulders and hands. But, nothing seemed to give any relief to my back. I was on Bextra for a year or so and that seemed to help me the best and did not bother my stomach too much because I began taking nexium with it. But, they took it off the market because of the risk of heart attacks and/or storkes. Well, hello, all these drugs and the disease of arthritis puts at a higher risk for all that. I just wanted enough releif to be able to function - buy groceries, drive, turn on light switches, cook ,etc. I don't expect miracles.
If I wouldn't have these drugs I would literally not be able to walk right now, I truly believe.
My internist prescribed arthotec, an antiinflammatory that is supposed to have something to help with the stomach problems that some people get form these kinds of drugs. This is my last ditch effort, the pt and this new arthotec before I give up and go to enbrel/humira or remicade.
Am only mid 50's and wanted to leave myself something else to go to down the line. Don't know how long that will be, but do desperately want to be able to function as normally as possible.
After we consult with docs, take the meds, etc., we have to put it in God's hands. Hope you find the right drug and relief from all the pain. Can truly relate to your situation.
DX: RA/Osteo & Spinal Stenosis 5 years
Methotrexate/Prednisone/Plaquenil/Folic Acid/Nexium/Ultracet or Flexiril