I thought the surgeries would cure my autoimmune disease. Well it did not. It's just called arthritis now. The rheumatologist wants me back on azathioprine. It stopped working last year inducing my flare which led to the surgeries. What are my chances that it will actually work again?
I've been through prednisone, methotrexate, sulfasalazide, mesalazides, azathioprine (twice), remicade, humira, simponi and xeljanz. I'm so scared because I was at the end of my medical rope.
Are you saying you were on azathioprine, had a flare, and then went off of azathioprine?
I've been on azathioprine for 10+ years and it doesn't completely prevent flares. It just makes them less frequent and less severe. I had about
1 flare a year for the first 5 years and then switched to a less stressful job, where I haven't had a flare for the last 5 years. The azathioprine has been hugely beneficial, but you shouldn't consider it a failure if you still have occasional flares.