I'm just super confused about what patients should be receiving "Early Aggressive Treatment" and what patients shouldn't..
How do they assess who should start with a combined therapy within the "window of opportunity" and who shouldn't?!
Does anyone know from their Rheumatologists?
I did ask mine but she didn't seem to give me a straight answer really. I have a referral to an NHS center so I'm waiting for that now and planning to ask them all questions I have! I look forward to know..
I did a lot of research and I know some will argue that 'the Internet is dangerous', however I don't see why a patient should stay in the dark and ignorant, rather than reading academic research papers and inform themselves further where possible..
I read that patients who have elevated anti-CCP are prone to a more aggressive form of RA. Of course it also depends on the person and other factors most probably. And also it depends on the NICE guidelines on what treatment patients should receive. Apparently anti-CCP is also more specific and sensitive than RF used to be, in detecting RA.
I would be interested to hear your experiences and what were you given when you were first diagnosed and why were you given 1 drug or a combination of drugs?
I'm assuming that if someone showed damage on scans, would have probably been given a combined stronger therapy rather than 1 drug only.