This time last year, I felt great. It was wonderful to finally feel good again.
Things fell apart when I tried to reduce my number of meds. Discontinuing ssz was a huge mistake, so I added it back in. Next I discontinued the hcq. The difference wasn’t as dramatic as it had been with ssz, but it definitely made a difference. Sometimes I wonder if we should have just added it back instead of switching to biologic #2.
After a year spent singing the praises of Enbrel, I’ve been fairly silent about my second biologic. Reason being, it didn’t work. It’s a med that works very well for many people, so I don’t want to denigrate it unfairly. In my treatment plan, though, it’s history.
Given my druthers, my rheumatologist would have written prescriptions to return to what was working a year ago. She, obviously, knows all sorts of things I don’t, and thought it better to try a different biologic (maybe because just a couple months ago she had to argue with my insurer that biologic #1 wasn’t working).
I’ve now received my first dose of Cimzia of the cool looking syringe. I’ll post a picture if my insurance company ever gets around to processing my pre-auth. They took their own sweet time with the last one, and it drives me crazy that think they know better than my doctor what treatment is appropriate. (/rant)
I feel better already — likely due to the 20mg prednisone that I’ll have the pleasure of tapering off in a couple months. On the plus side, there’s no need to finance a steroid injection in my shoulder. The pred has already helped dramatically.
I have no desire to work my way through every single biologic on the market. Let’s hope this one works better than the last.