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Just Wondering

My name is Alyce I am 76 years old, wife mother and grandmother. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis 2 years ago. I think I had this disease far longer and was always told I had arthritis.
Since being diagnosed with RA I have been on many different things. Most made me feel terrible. My Doctor suggested Humira and several other Biologics but my oncologist said no.
I am now going to get rituxan Monday Feb 2. My Oncologist and rheumatologist are in agreement. I guess I am too.
Do these Biologics work? I feel I am too old to get this drug but my husband, children, and Doctors say no I am not.
I am still pretty active but the days with pain are too numerous. I certainly hope I will get relief.
I enjoy this website immensely and look forward to reading it.
Anyway thanks for listening.

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Comments

  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    4 years ago

    Hi Alyce ~ Thanks for taking the time to share your story. I’m sorry that you have been having a hard time finding a treatment that works for you – it is always more difficult when multiple doctors have to agree! Biologics are generally amazing treatment options for RA. If you can find a biologic that works for you it can make a huge difference in your quality of life, so if your doctors are recommending one it is probably worth a try! Just make sure to monitor your body and report any strange symptoms or side effects to your doctors right away. Best of luck to you! I’m very glad you have found our community! Please remember we are here to support you!
    ~Mariah~ (Site Moderator)

  • alyce j kowal author
    4 years ago

    Thanks for all the encouragement. I had my first dose of rituxan and will have the second next Monday.I haven’t felt a lot of relief yet. The Doctor said it takes time. Hopefully it will work.
    Thanks for this site. It is uplifting.
    Alyce

  • joonbug
    4 years ago

    Hi Alyce
    I have tried all biologics and seemed to not have good experiences or they didn’t work for me. So I am on prednisone and doing heat,ice.patches,massage,pt and anything that makes me comfortable. Everyone has a different experience with these meds and I would encourage you to try it. I may be able to try again once I am clear of infection…the biggest risk I have. I wish you well and hope
    you will find comfort.
    Jayne

  • alyce j kowal author
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the encouragement. I had rituxan yesterday and it was a long sit, I feel okay no better or worse. I was a little disappointed because I still must take methotrexate injections.
    Thank you Jayne for commenting.
    Alyce

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