I developed RA back in 2003 - diagnosed in 2004. Like many, I developed nodules on my forearm just distal to the elbow and on top of the fibula, first one, then two, which became hard and then a third soft one actually on the elbow. I was put on a trial of Rituximab, after having failed on 3 DMARDS. Three sessions of RTX put me into remission by 2008 and, surprisingly, my nodules were reabsorbed. At the end of last year and the beginning of this my RA came back together with 1 nodule and I was given another RTX treatment - once the magic NICE criteria had been met, of course - and I am fine again. I think that the nodule is going, but I am not sure yet. My question is, what are the nodules and what actually causes them? All I can find out via Dr Google is that they are associated with RA and are benign but what causes them? (RA is not a good enough answer!!)
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