I had an appointment with the research team 2 doctors and a research nurse on Thursday who clarified all my questions. My DAS score was 4.8 this week so has increased from last week.
Had a thorough assessment which took 3 1/2 hours.
Ultrasound showed some bone erosion in both wrists and possibly signs of nerve compression.
Ultrasound was an extra not part of research
Had X-ray feet hands and right knee.
CRP 8 ESR 23
I'm waiting for a call to find which arm I will follow.
2 arms - randomly selected
standard arm will continue as usual with consultant and GP as usual for the next year.
Intensive arm-intensive treatment and monthly review with research team. Treatment will be for a year only and will be taken off even if there has been improvement over to the year so back to square 1.
I will keep you updated as I may withdraw if not randomly chosen for the intensive treatment arm