i am a 24 year old male engineer working in a cement manufacturing company.10 years back i had pain and swelling in both the knees,in both the ankles,in neck a,d in mouth joint.it lasted over 2-3 months.i had local treatments i dont know about them. after 2 years of it again happened .again i had local treatments and it lasted for over 2-3 months.it happened again after 2 years. the same thing happened this time.this time i had homeopathy treatment for over 1.5 years. after this it happened but only in both the knee joints.i stopped homeopathy and started ayurvedic treatment but after 6 monts i dropped it and started allopathic treatment with nsaids and dmards. but still i had pain and swelling in both the knee joints but this time also in left hip joint. found that i am hla b27 positive.the dmards are not working. my question is can i develop ankylosing spondylitis even after 10 years.what other complications i have ,will i have to loose my job. what if anti tnf drugs will also not work. and how much they cost?
Can you see a dr who just takes care of these things? A specialist? There are other medications you could be using that would work better for you. Have you ever tried methotrexate? Its not the real expensive meds you're talking about but its used allot with autoimmune diseases and helps many people. A specialist knows all this stuff and knows what to give you next. As far as the cost of the other drugs, manufacturers generally help but you would have to wait until you see what the dr wants before you can even know what to look at.
These disease can damage your joints and you really need to care for it appropriately if you need to keep working. There comes a time when you have to not try other things only, sometimes they are good with the medicine the dr gives you but its not going to stop the damage from the disease.
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