August 20, 2020
At 78 I have been diagnosed with RA. Rheumatologist wants to put me on immunosuppressant medication. GP says with coronavirus around, it's too risky. I don't know what to do.
August 26, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear about your recent RA diagnosis. Every decision these days, in light of the coronavirus, feels really difficult.
Your Rheumatologist probably recommended an immunosuppressant medication that could be more aggressive at combating your RA disease activity and symptoms, but your GP is right, being newly immunosuppressed during this time is an additional risk.
I'm hoping other community members can share their current perspectives, especially if they've switched to a new medication during this time period. Personally, I have been on an immunosuppressive medication (Remicade) since before the pandemic, and have just been extra cautious/careful/at home during this time.
If you have that ability, then the extra risk might be worth it. Have you asked your Rheumatologist about other treatment options that could be less risky at this time? It might be worth trying something different first.
Thinking of you!
Amanda (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member)