I have been lucky/unlucky when it comes to treatment of my RD. In the past 4 years i have been on all the treatments that are available to me (can't take MTX and I'm Sero Negative).
I have been on 4 Bio's with results ranging from 'completely useless to very, very effective'. When my last Bio, Abatacept, showed signs of not working back in Oct last year my Consultant, the lovely Dr Armstrong, told me there was nothing new for me..... I was desolate to be honest.
I had an appointment with him on Tuesday and he confirmed his original diagnosis, no more Bio's for me. He did say there was something in the pipe line......he told me the name but as it sounded like it had 37 syllabil's I can't pass the name on to you. He said it would be some time before it would be available to me so no matter.
He has put me on 7.5mg of steroids for 6 weeks and then hopefully reducing to 2.0mg. I really, really don't want to go on this medication. I have had a battle with my weight since i was a teenager, I'm now 64!. Weight gain brings on Depression in me and I don't just mean feeling a bit down I mean a Depression where I don't go out of the door. I hide from contact with others, shop in line for almost everything.....this leads to all sort of behaviour....
What I want to know is this.....what would happen if I just stayed on strong pain relief and didn't take the steroids? He has put me on two different vitamins to help my bones and is organising a scan to test for ostioperousis (sorry about the spelling....spel check is useless on this site). He looks after me well and I told him about my concerns with weight gain......please would someone on here tell me its alright for me NOT to take the steroids......please don't think me a silly, uneducated woman, I'm not like that at all, really.