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backpainishellbbackpainishell Posts: 970
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
Hiya >:D< I just wanted to share somthing with my friends on here :) My friend came to see me yesterday :D I was so surprised to see her :O As i havnt seen her since last christmas :( We have only spoken on the phone :) This was because my friend is crippled with osteoarthritus, rheumitaid arthritus (sorry about the spelling), arthritus, and has recently had a hip replacement :''( Let me back track a little, she was widowed at the age of 29 with 3 children, aged 5, 7, 11, she and her husband was childhood sweethearts :) , and they were so in love :X He was a hard worker and provided well for his family :) They lived a good life and never wanted for anything :) But was so grateful for what they did have :D One day he when he woke up he said to her, i cant go to work today i think i have the flu :''( , i feel so ill :( ( this was unusual for him as he never had time of work, only when his children were born) :? As the hours passed he got worse , so bad that the doctor was called :S . The doctor thought it may be flu :B , but to be sure he ran some blood tests :? It took about a week for the tests to come back :? , but by then it was to late, her husband died :S It turned out to be acute lukekemia :( So my dear friend has not had an easy life :''( , and now all this with her health :S So back to last christmas she couldnt walk was virtually bedridden :S Yesterday she drove to my house :O and walked up the path :O , she does use a cane to support her a little, then she walked upstairs to me :O I was utterly gob smacked :O , any way the doctor she is under at the hospital, that specialises in arthritus of all kinds :? Prescibed a drug called HUMIRA and METHOTRXATE, they are injections she gives herself :O , and i can tell you this is a miricle drug, I cant believe how well she walks :O , when this time last year she was virtually beridden :O . I was just wondering if anyone has tried HUMIRA injections, or has a story they would like to share, I am so happy that my friend has somthing like this happen as she was on the verge of giving up :S Sorry for long post >:D<

Angie :H


  • touching of a story! I am familiar with Humira only because my husband has psoriasis and was on the embrel injections which is similar. He actually had to get off of it because what this stuff does is lower your T cells and make you more likely to get infections. But, in the case of your friend it may well be that the benefits outweigh possible side effects.
    BTW- That methotrexate is some nasty stuff too. My husband got very sick from that stuff. They use it for cancer patients.
  • Hiya >:D< I know about the methotrxate being a cancer drug :? She has been on this drug a while now :) Its just the difference in her is amazing :) , this time last year she was talking silly about giving up :? , we got her through that and i am glad we did, just nice to see a drug working in a possitive way :D . I also have psoriasis , since i was 2 and half years old :''( I have tried a range of treatments over the years :S , from UVB Treatment, PUVA theropy, Tablets, Creams, Ointments, nothing seems to work , only the steriods but its goes and then comes back twice as bad :( What treatment is your husband having now? :? Thankyou for replying to the post :)

    Angie :H
  • He was using an ointment that was working great. But, just like everything else it quit working after about 6 months. He has a pretty severe case on his elbows, knees, hands and scalp. I really hate it for him. Also, it gets so itchy in the winter time it drives him nuts. I am so glad that your friend is able to get some quality of life back. I am sure that would be worth the risk of any possible side effects to her.
    Have you tried any of the injections such as Enbrel? It really worked well but he got a cyst on his leg that became super infected and required surgery. Those docs told him that stuff is poison to the system. He has had so many health issues that he decided to quit using it. Overactive T cells which is a part of your immune system is what causes the scaly patches of skin. These drugs like Humira and Enbrel depress your T cells and that is why your skin clears up. But, you need your T cells to fight infection so if you gat an infection while taking these drugs it can be really bad.
  • That's great news about your friend and encouraging for those who have RA. I hear Dead Sea Salts help the skin condition. Of course not a proven fact and hope I didn't get too off topic. Never know when that cure or treatment is around the corner for us and that is positively something to keep going on for. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Hiya >:D< What is your name? Tell your husband this is what he is to do for the winter months :) , this will help with the scratching and soreness and dryness :) . It will be sore when he first does this but stick with it and in about a week he will barely scatch at all :? . I m also a chronic case :( , he needs to soak in hot bath of balnium or oilatum for about 30 minutues :? . Then he needs to exfoliate the scaley areas, (i use a pumistone) lightley, until all the scales are removed, then shower off lightly and pat skin dry ;) . To keep the area skin soft he needs to use Aqueous cream, apply generasly all over, lay on a towel until its all soaked in :) . Aqueous can also be used as a soap. This sounds alot of hassle but if he can get into a routine, he wont really scratch or flake. The secret is to keep the skin clean and moisturised. he needs to do this daily if he can . If he has flare ups where it shows like hands, ears, wrists, nose area, forehead, eyebrows, do as above and when thats soaked in apply a small amount of steriod cream/ointment :) . Please do try this it does help 8> , i do this everyday B) , it takes about an hour I) , but once in a rountine it will be worth it i promise >:D< , hope you will try it, let me know how it goes. O:)

    Angie :H
  • Hiya >:D< How did it go on saturday ? :/ yes dead sea salt does help, but dries the skin out to much i find :? . I keep wishing they would find a cure O:) or even a back that works like it should lol 8}

    Angie :H
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