I am unable to take Methatrexate due to increased liver enzymes. Even taking Embrel my stiffness and swelling seem to be returning since I stopped the prednisone. Is ther something else I can take with the Embrel instead of Methatrexate?
My doctor put me on MELOXICAM... [MOBIC IS THE REAL NAME].for what she believes is arthritis,so far so good i only take it when i really need to..she started me on 15mg she stressed that ,that is really all i need..I'm 34 and never thought i could get arthritis at this age.i'm thankful that i have this medicine,because without it the pain is awful..
My older sister has RH arthritis. She also took all kinds of pain medications few of which helped. Finally after seeing her dietition she discovered that certain food products, namely anything with wheat, white bread, rice, they all contain "gluten" and most people with RH arititis are allergic or intolerant to gluten containing foods the contributed to the problem in the first place. My sister stopped eating wheat products and anything with gluten. She now eats organic type foods, fish, chicken, no or little red mean. NO sugar containing products . . . they are bad too. Drink purified water. Stay away from soft drinks like pepsi and coke. They are toxic. Supprising to say, she told me she made an experiment and recently tried eating bread after being off of it for a year and the following morning her joints were swollen and could not get out of bed, until the gluten was out of her system. So that's it.
Eating healthy foods is better that taking a bunch of pills that don't always work or are short lived. I know that this is a dibilitating disease. It is heartbreaking to hear my sister say "I used to have beautiful hands and legs". But the change in diet certainly improved her condition 10 fold and she also goes in for therapy and also swimming. That has helped her tremendously and she is able to get out now and enjoy life. You can too. Hope this helps. Take Care.
No. If the Enbrel is not working, I would stop taking it, too. I think it was designed to work together with Methotrexate. Both of these medications are quite toxic to our bodies.
I was diagnosed with RA in 2006. After reading about the many life-threatening, horrible side effects of Methotrexate, I decided not to take it. While my tests revealed a positive intake into my hands, neck, and back, my rheumatologist had "nothing else to offer".
Although I have intermittent swelling and pains, I have chosen to simply deal with this over the damages to my body from these medications. There are other ways to avoid inflammations to your body (i.e, AVOID Vitamin B6; take a warm bath, hot tub, or get a prescription for "warm water physical therapy, then, allow your body to cool down or use topical anti-inflammatory gels, etc.).
Finally, research more natural methods to stop irritants to this disease, which is an "auto immune" disease. No cure has been found for this " disease".
Unless a specialist thinks RA is destroying your organs, I hope you consider the benefit healthy food, lots of meditation and visualization programs.
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