As frustrated as I have been over the past couple of months about being kicked around by my RA, I have had three really good days off and one so-so day off this week. I can't explain it but I don't really expect my good fortune to stay with me as I go back to work Wednesday night.
While doing research on other RA drugs, I did run across some interesting data. Below is an excerpt from one article I came across.
"Despite the many biologics now available and the hope of more individualized therapy, half of U.S. patients with rheumatoid arthritis stopped these meds within 2 years. There seems to be a high rate of discontinuation that may be attributed to multiple factors -- lack of efficacy, adverse events, patient and physician preferences, and expectation bias." This data was collected in a study by Vibeke Strand, MD, of Stanford University in Stanford and presented at the annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism. She noted "this was a very rapid decay in the durability of therapy."
In some cases, biologic drugs will work for a while and then become less effective. It’s not clear why this occurs. It's not uncommon to try more than one biologic before finding one that helps your RA significantly. Fortunately, there are several biologic drugs to choose from. If one doesn’t work, chances are good another will. According to the Arthritis Foundation, most people eventually find a biologic that helps them, although the degree of relief varies. Some people feel partial relief, while others go into remission and are symptom-free. While I would love to be in the "go into remission and be symptom free" I have cashed in all hope for reality on this.
I mowed (we finally got some rain last week), went for two rides, cleaned up my music room and built a rifle cleaning cradle on my days off this week. We did a 160 mile ride down into the Ouachita National Forest and were met with several snakes, tons of deer (you hunters aren't doing a very good job) and one suicidal squirrel who lived to play his silly little game another day. Felt great to feel like doing things again!
|KCS railroad bridge in the Ouachita National Forest.|
|Old Poteau River bridge at Heavner, OK.|
|Old Huntington Jail built in 1888.|