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Mesenchymal Stem Cell treatment

Hi, I am a 37 year old and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at 32. Since then I have been told I have Osteoarthritis in both hips, both knees, both wrists, both shoulders and in my elbow to the extent that I have no cartilage left in my right elbow.

I have been through all the meds and I’m currently taking Tocilizumab once a week via injection as well as naproxen and co codamol daily.

I have looked into stem cell therapy done in Panama, and the results appear to be very good.

I wanted to know if anybody has, or knows anyone who has had this done and what results they got from it.

I am a plumber and before much longer I will not be able to work, which is worrying at my age as I also have a young family.

I am seriously considering going to Panama and having this treatment as I have had no help from Doctors here, it is so frustrating!

Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi Neil10

This is such a devastating disease and trying lots of drugs with no success saps your will to carry on. I know from personal experience.

I asked my consultant about stem cell therapy and she said it was a last resort thought for her until further research and tests are done. I believe it involves some very serious treatment, possible major side effects etc. I would just caution against any fast decisions. Drugs can be stopped but once that happens can you reverse it? you would need to know all potential consequences.

If you go ahead the very best of luck and keep us all,posted?

Perhaps a chat with the NRAS helpline?

Take good care and stay strong.

XL

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