Hi this is my first post i've been meaning to join for ages! Hi to everyone i'm hoping someone is going to be able to offer me some advice.
I'm 23 and i've had rheumatoid arthritis for 3 years now. I've been on methotrexate for nearly two years and over the last six months i've got alot worse and i'm in more pain and discomfort than i've ever been. I've had to finish work and i'm now becoming quite depressed. I usually have the attitude that this is how it is now and i have to accept that things may never be like they were but with the constant pain i'm in, my walking being severly affected, its hard to have that attitude.
On my last visit to the speacialist in December 08 i was offered anti tnf treatment (also entanercept). I know this is good news because the specialist appealed for me to be given it early last year but i got turned down.
My concern is that its a fairly new treatment and the long term side effects aren't known and I've also been told only 25% of patients feel a significant improvement.
I just don't know if its worth it. My body is already being subjected to so many drugs.
If anyone has been on this treatment or is currently on it i would love to hear what its done for you and your opinions.
Thanks for reading hope to hear from you soon x