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Thu, Jun 6 1:14pm · Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Introduce yourself and meet others in Autoimmune Diseases

@dval you can direct your message by doing what I've done here to reach you. I understand the side-effect fear…I had to better understand medications to move beyond this somewhat irrational fear…it's irrational b/c all medications have side-effects, including whatever you're on now. Biologics' serious side-effects on which you are no doubt concentrating happen in less than 2% of those studied…great odds. Your biggest worry is that they won't work on you, not that you'll be one of the 2%.

Wed, Jun 5 4:00pm · Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Introduce yourself and meet others in Autoimmune Diseases

@dval to whom are you directing the question?

Wed, Jun 5 3:28pm · Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Introduce yourself and meet others in Autoimmune Diseases

For what reason are you eschewing biologics?

Sat, May 18 1:59pm · Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Introduce yourself and meet others in Autoimmune Diseases

Given that you've had RA for 18 years, now, it's bound to worsen. That said, recommend 3 things: get another Rheumie's opinion on both the reason for significant change (whether it's something other than your natural disease progression) and change of meds; look into biologics, see if you qualify; and get more rest – you can't "fight through" RA fatigue.

Fri, May 3 1:08pm · Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Introduce yourself and meet others in Autoimmune Diseases

@lisaangela recommend you seek care at a Buffalo medical center/teaching hospital

Thu, May 2 11:51am · Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Introduce yourself and meet others in Autoimmune Diseases

@lisaangela as you've provided no info on your profile, need to know where you live

Thu, May 2 11:42am · Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Introduce yourself and meet others in Autoimmune Diseases

@lisaangela absolutely get a second and even third opinion…you may not have RA, it may be Lymes', Lupus or another auto-immune disorder. But one thing's for sure, you have something systemic causing chronic inflammation in addition to advanced osteo-arthritis. Have you completed menopause?