My ritixumab story started back in jan 2013, so to bring it up to date I'll try to give a brief outline of the story so far. Back then I was on enbrel and metho.and had been for 6 years, but it was wearing thin, so it was decided to try ritix.
This was the answer to all my prayers, no more metho.(nausea) and the opportunity to remain drug free for a long period of time, hopefully a year.
Unfortunately the period of time between stopping the old drugs and starting the new was about 3 months, during which time I discovered that without the old drugs those good old days of the cronic flare, were alive and well, bubbling just below the surface.
So after a few depo shots it was time to finally re-introduce the wonderful,oral prednisolone.
My previous experience of pred was the struggle to come off of it, it took me a long time to break its spell and the elation of beating it was a huge personal achievement.
So it's disappointing to be back in this position, if I had known it would take this long to qualify for the ritix. I would have preferred to stay on the old drugs a little longer, but i convinced myself that in order to qualify I needed to prove to myself and the powers that be, that I do qualify for this very expensive drug. to be continued.