Wow CTH thanks for ur reply it sounds soooo good and gives me hope and I really like the decreasing ur appetite lol. But truly I am so glad u are functioning better on it and I hope I get the same results since I am very prone towards infections too :( and have better mobility and more energy and of course less pain! take care, Erica and Happy New year to all!
I have been on Xeljanse for 4 months and it has greatly improved my functioning over the methotrexate. This is my first biologic. I have no side effects other than a slightly decreased appetite. I really like that I can stop it by simply not taking a pill, since I am prone to infections. So far, I have not complaints!
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I guess I'm a newbie... I've had RA about 4 years and am on my first biologic: Humira. I tried every available DMARD pill first. The Humira did take a good 3 months to start helping, and kept improving for a couple of months more.
I'm curious about the Xeljanz too. The first new DMARD in a while. I wonder what the risks and side effects are, they all seem to have substantial ones. It's so new I don't know if all the risks have emerged yet.
One thing that has helped with pain in my hands is IMAK arthritis gloves. They are fingerless but give light compression. Helps in a short time... like minutes, not hours.
I too have been on Humira, Enbrel, Cimzia, and now I am on Orencia. I am pretty pleased with the Orencia. I have battled scleritis, flares, knee problems, and the Orencia seems to be helping all right now. I am very interested in the Xeljanz though since it is not an injection. You will have to let us know if you try it and if it does well. Happy New Year!
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I am on Cimzia. You start with 3 injections (two in the belly) every 2 weeks then you go once a month. I get my first once a month injection January 23rd. Gotta say not sure if I like it. The dr discussed Xeljanz but we settled on Cimzia. I have to give it 12 weeks then I think its my next step. I have been on Remicade, Humira, and Enbrel. What is a few more??? Hope you get to feeling better!!!
Yesterday I just did a wash granted a pretty large one and walked around the track a couple of times and today I am so sore that the littlest movement is painful very frustrating since today is a pretty nice day. I have been reading of people getting good results on the Xeljanz so I don't know what my problem is it is just so new. Take care all, Erica
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