Upwards of 30% of patients do not respond to current treatments. Lack of response to treatment is called “refractory”. Unfortunately, I’m one of those refractory people. I’m currently getting ready to start RA treatment number 12 (see this article). This treatment, Kineret, is the last RA treatment my rheumatologist said is available for me. If it doesn’t work or the side effects are intolerable, then we’re going to try off-label medications on an experimental basis. The problem is that the Kineret is sitting in my refrigerator while I wait to get over a thrush fungal infection.
Read all the other great blogs written for the 4th Annual Rheumatoid Awareness Day at http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-awareness-day-blog-carnival-2016/!
As another way to share awareness, please read the excellent article at Creaky Joints by Dr. Jonathan Krant on the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Shoulder recovery is going well. I’ll give an update soon.