This is my first question although I have commented on a couple.
I have been diagnosed with RA for about 10 years now. I have been through loads of drugs that my rheumatologist has prescribed and through several rheumatologists! (I can't remember the names of them all but most recently I have had Enbrel which didn't work and the same for Humira. Currently I take mtx and last June had a first infusion of Rituximab with the second in July. The Rituximab has not worked and by Christmas I was in such pain in my hands and wrists I rang the rheumatology nurses who allowed a steroid injection. This of course works wonders but as we all know it doesn't last!
Now, I try extremely hard to look the very best I can, always get the slap on, well dressed and even my family say, 'the trouble is people don't have sympathy because you look good'. I am vain, no two ways about it, and I decided a long time ago not to let this awful disease get me down. So whilst I have to wait outside shops for someone to come out to open the door, I look good whilst I wait! (Sorry if this sounds big headed its not meant to it's my way of coping)
Ok, my problem is that next week I see yet another new rheumatologist and I am really worried that he might think that the Rituximab has worked as the steroid injection has made a huge difference and my DAS score will be low. I would be really pleased to hear your advice on how I can persuade him that this improvement is only temporary and that I need an alternative to the Rituximab. I don't want him to say that he'll see me back in 3 or 6 months -I want action now! I seem to have spent so much time waiting waiting waiting for this drug or that treatment, this is my life seeping away! I've just become a grandma for the first time to teeny tiny baby boy (3lb 2oz!) I worry that in a couple of months I won't be able to hold him.
Your combined advice would be really helpful.