I apologize in advance for the somewhat boring post but this one simply represents statements about my current status. I made an unplanned visit to my rheumatologist today due to Cimzia no longer working. I guessed that after two TNF blockers failed, I’d might be moving onto to something else like Orencia. But my doctor wants to try one more TNF blocker – Humria. When I asked him about this, he said that he’s seen patients finally respond to a TNF blocker after trying several. I’m beginning to feel like my own guinea pig in an experimental test of the efficacy of biological medications. Enbrel, Cimzia, now Humira…maybe the third one is a charm. Pending insurance approval (the last two were a breeze), I’ll start injections next week. At least I’ll be going back to an autoinjector pen instead of regular syringes.
I was also “treated” to another draw of three vials of blood and x-rays of my hands. The regular RA tests were ordered including complete blood count (CBC), c-reactive protein, and ESR (sedimentation rate). It’s been over 14 months since the last x-rays and the doctor wanted to check for changes in bone erosion since I’ve had increased pain and stiffness resulting in decreased mobility. Typing and mouse work on the computer are becoming increasingly problematic especially after prolonged use. In addition, I’ve noticed more curving of certain fingers in the past month or so. Some tips of fingers seem to be twisting/torquing on the PIP joint (middle one).
The past few weeks I’ve also experienced icy cold hands on a regular basis. On Monday, they got so cold I could barely move my fingers and they began to turn blue. According to my doc, this is a new symptom of RA that I’m experiencing – Raynaud’s Syndrome. Go figure…I’ve experienced burning hot hands from inflammation and now freezing cold hands!
So, we reset baseline and start keeping track of symptoms under the use of Humira. Stay tuned for results.
Off to get some rest…
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