I was diagnosed with RA in 1987 I was 36. I was treated with Penicilliamin then I was on gold injections until 2007 until I had a massive flare. During this time I still had quite a lot of problems with my hands and feet but could work full time and have a good quality of life.
In Jan 2008 I started on Enbrel. This to me was a wonder drug for the first few years then in 2010 I started getting chest infections continually. I have now been diagnosed with Bronchiexstasis and Vitreomacular Traction and still get chest infections six weekly (funny as I take a long term antibiotic to stop them.
At the beginning of this year I had to come off Embrel and I am just being treated with Hydroxychloraquin. I came off the Embrel because in January I didn't realise I had a chest infection and it turned to Sepsis, I collapsed at the top of my stairs and fell down them, breaking quite a lot of bones down my left side. I was quite poorly for some time and am now hoping to have an elbow replacement soon.
The reason I have harped on is that my Consultant keeps saying that all these extra illnesses are caused by the RA but I am convinced it is the biological drug that has caused all of this. Has anyone else had things happen like I have?