Sorry, I'm fed up & hope I don't depress or dishearten anyone. I know mtx etc. do work wonders so often but I'm having a bit of a crisis of confidence about the drugs & would like to get it off my chest. At the moment it just feels as if I was put on mtx because I had RA and now, further down the line I'm due to have Sulfasalazine added in because that's the next step .... but none of it feels particularly clever or targeted. I'm trying to see the drugs as damage limitation but I don't actually have any proof that that's what they do. For all I know I'd be in the same state without them because my disease seems to have short, aggressive phases followed by much longer quiet ones. I just feel that I do not know much about what's happening and that, more to the point, nor does my Rheumy. It's like he's on auto-pilot and I actually quite understand that, not sure what else he could do.
I know that the development of anti-tnf therapy marked a huge step forward in the treatment of RA but is there anything else happening? Just reading posts here makes me aware that RA comes in so many forms ..... there's now recognition that cancer is actually many completely different diseases & that's paved the way for a much subtler approach to treatment but that's yet to happen with RA.
Have run out of steam now but know I'll be more optimistic tomorrow. Luce xx