Hi I have a very messed up system when it comes to meds,and my pain doc wants my PC to test me for ra he believes I have it and was talking about me taking humira or something else if I have it,my main concern is what can they do if I have a reverse reaction to the treatment? When I had to have rabbis treatment for an animal attack I had serious problems with the cure,is there meds out there that will take the ra drug from my body? Thanks
It sounds like your pain doctor should refer you to a Rheumatologist or you should ask your family doctor to refer you to a Rheumatologist. You would be much better off having the Rheumatologist test you for RA or other inflammatory conditions because they are up on the latest blood tests you need and will order any other tests such as MRI etc. I had a family doctor tell me a few years ago they were testing me for RA in blood work, then they said it was normal and I did not have RA. I did end up having RA and it was diagnosed later at Mayo Clinic by a Rheumatologist. As far as biologic meds, you need to have a Rheumatologist prescribing what you need if you do have RA or another inflammatory condition. If you do have RA they usually start with other medications (DMARDs) first then work up to a biologic if DMARDs don't work for you.
As far as an adverse reaction you would need to talk to the Rheumatologist about that. The biggest fear I have is they make you really susceptible to infections and viruses because your autoimmune system is suppressed. You can't take them if you have tested positive for TB. There is also an increased risk of certain types of cancer, lupus, and MS occurring. Anyway, start with seeing a Rheumatologist.
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