I was diagnosed with RA at the age of 41, about 2.5 years ago. It came on aggressively and I was quite crippled for about 9 months. Luckily Enbrel got me under control, and weekly Enbrel has kept me symptom free for the past two years. I was on methotrexate but asked to get off due to liver side effects. I was on plaquenil which did seem to help but I was having frequent PVCs and had a mildly long QT so they took me off.
My diagnosis was made with positive RF factor and anti-CCP antibodies >250. I know both these tests correlate to more aggressive disease. My rheumatologist has prepared me that it may be more difficult to manage, though luckily I’m really good the past couple years.
Any sense in rechecking these tests? I’m concerned about my long-term prognosis despite feeling great right now. I know sitting around and worrying won’t help, but it’s hard to wrap my head around all of this sometimes. I always ask him if RA ever goes away - sadly it does not seem to be the case. Thanks for any advice!