I’ve been diagnosed with sero positive RA since the year 2000 and I’ve just seen my hopes of finally getting biologic treatment dashed for the second time, at the very last minute. I’ve been told I get so many skin infections, they’d rather I took my MTX again (it stopped being effective a year ago). I have to carry on like this unless or until another flare up happens. I was SO close to getting the script, when I happened to mention a spot on my leg that looked infected. My big mistake! Apparently if I get frequent infections with methotrexate then I’d fare even worse with the biologic drugs. I’m not sure. I reckon money comes into this and methotrexate is cheaper 😡. All this last year’s painful flare up has resulted in is more painkillers which I now have the hard job of quitting, at least to a level where I was before this episode began. I’m gutted. I really thought my RA would soon be a thing of the past. The previous time I almost got Etanercept, but I had an operation on my right wrist coming up, which if successful would deal with most of the pain (which it did).
Seems like I’d stand more chance of getting Etanercept if I had Alzheimer’s like my mother, as they are currently trialling the drug. The snag there is that Etanercept doesn’t cross the blood brain barrier so it needs giving by lumbar puncture.