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I've seen ulnar drift in my rt hand over the last yr. Is it something to worry about? When? What?

The inflammation is controlled by Orencia and I only use Prednisone to knock down a flare and quickly taper. However, I've noticed the rightward drift of my fingers increasing over the last yr. I'll look down at my hand and see it resting with the palm and the fingers extending from the palm facing rightward.

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When do I know it is time to consider a biologic?

I take take Placquinil 200mg daily, I stopped Methotrexate injections because I did not feel the benefit, I also stopped Cymbalta 60mg daily. But perhaps I am harming myself by not taking the drugs?

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How much methotrexate is used when beginning Orencia?

I have been taking methotrexate and Remicade infusions. The Remicade has also caused lupus so they are changing me to methotrexate and Orencia, beginning with an infusion and shot together to jump start and then weekly shots of the methotrexate and Orencia. I was wonder what would be a good dose of methotrexate to begin with as I will be beginning the Orencia soon.

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What tens unit do you suggest for fibromyaliga?

They used a tens unit on my mother-in-law and she improved fast-just wondering what unit you think is best for fibromyalgia.

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What is the likelihood that another biologic would be effective?

I have had RA for 37 years and have failed four biologics (Enbrel, Remicade, Orencia and Rituxan). My doctor wants to try Actemra. Is it worth trying? I have had numerous joint replacements and am worried about infection.

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I have a large rheumatoid nodule on the side of my foot. It is very painful and weeping a bit. Would removal be an option?

I have been undergoing treatment (IV antibiotics) for a month for the rheumatoid nodule on my left foot, but it is still very painful at times and continues to have a small amount of discharge. In 2012 I had a very similar nodule on my right foot and the infection got into my bloodstream and destroyed my heart valve.

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I have psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis,spinal stenosis, sciatica and scoliosis. I am 40 and been in pain everyday-what can I do?

I have been diagnosed with psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, sciatica, spinal stenosis and bulging disc. I am 40 yr old female with 3 children and have lived in pain everyday for the last 5 years. I am on methotrexate and have just started seeing a Rheumatologist.

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Is it safe to take Enbrel when the patient has HIV/AIDS?

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