Hello, I am 8 years post diagnosis and have failed on sulphasalazine, humira and enbrel. My last enbrel was September and I have managed on methotrexate (10 mg injected) and occasional steroid injections while arrangements for rituximab were made. I had a steroid injection in January and started the Rituximab infusions at the end of February alongside the steroids which are given for side effects. My problem is that Rituximab can take 18-24 weeks to full effect and once the steroid wore off the RA returned at its worst and I have been in tremendous pain. This week I decided to contact rheumatology helpline as I felt I needed help to get through till there is a beneficial effect from the rituximab. Steroid would be my only saviour but rheumatology won't give me any, all they can offer is sending an appointment for a reassessment of my symptoms- any of you on this roundabout will know it can take forever. Is there anyone who has found themselves in this predicament and how did you cope till the Rituximab started to work?
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