hi Elona and DocAndrea....it's good to hear from new members. The biologics do take a while to work and even when they are working it's sometimes hard to tell ....I know with them I can come closer to making a fist than I could without them but my body still hurts. Both of you please check out our "RA Specific" forum for lots of ideas and information on products and other things that are helpful...Also please join us in the Daily Chat where we can complain, let off steam and support one another..It's great to meet you. Cynthia
Welcome to Spark People. I did this site years ago and was very successful. After 14 months with no diagnosis, I finally got one November 2011...But I lost my insurance December 2011 so I have spent this year just trying to take maintenance drugs like Methotrexate injections, Meloxicam, Prednisone, and my Rheumatologist put me on a cocktail of Sulfazine and Doxycyline. I said all that to say this... Lol... I have heard that the Embrel does amazing things and that people have almost felt normal with it, so you will have to keep us posted. I too struggle with motivation to exercise because like you said, it just plain hurts.
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What a drag! These autoimmune diseases are "a bunch of it," aren't they? I'm 64 years old and I was diagnosed 12 years ago - probably had RA for a couple of years before that - just tried not to complain. I went for years without taking any of the RA drugs because I was afraid of them. I'm now on Methotrexate and Remicade. I was on Plaquenil, but it gave me Psoriasis!!
I really don't have any answers. Everyone and everyone's disease is different. If you have a good rheumatologist that you trust, that's the first step in the right direction.
I wish you to be pain-free and side-effect free. I hope you and your doc find a treatment plan that works just right for YOU!!
I'm so sorry that you're hurting so bad. It's tough to have patience when we feel so tough, isn't it? I was diagnosed with RA in Nov. of 2008 and have been on Prednisone, Plaquenil and Methotrexate and all along my Rheumy would keep adjusting and I could never really feel satisfied. Just a couple of weeks ago I had my first Enbrel injection and then the 2nd one this week. No difference yet and they told me too, anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months, so I'm trying to have patience too. My best bet with exercise has been my recumbent bike. I can do that easier than with walking. It's so gentle on the joints. I would love to get in a water class for arthritis but we live in the sticks and it would be at least 30 miles to get to a "Y" or a university. Good luck to you and I hope that you get some good relief soon! And me too! You've come to the right place. Happy Holidays to you too!
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Hi, I'm new and I've had RAD for 4 months. I'm taking Embrel and Methotrexate. No side effects, but it's not doing much for this first flare. The doc says wait another 3 weeks for the Embrel to work. I've taken 3 doses/per week so far. I'm swollen, my hands and feet legs especially are swollen. I don't know how long this is going to last, but I'm hoping this water weight goes away. I seem to be holding at 182-184 lbs. I'm still not motivated to do aerobic exercise. It just plain hurts. Everything I do seems to hurt. I also have 4 bulging disks with OA, so that doesn't help with the pain. I'm stiff and it's hard to get moving. I do Tai'Chi. I started 4 months ago per my PT advise. It's surely helping. But ohhh, it sure does hurt to do it. I also teach swimming to children. That is fun and helps a lot. I wish I would be more motivated to walk. I have two dogs, but don't do long walks with them. I think it would help me loose weight. I've heard good stories about it. Well that's just about it. I hope that I can find a home to feel comfortable in here. I seldom complain, maybe I should. Maybe it would help. Thanks for reading my post.
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