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#259000 - 10/03/13 11:06 PM Re: Welcome to the 20-Something Club [Re: JamesChoi]
iviary Offline
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Registered: 11/29/10
Posts: 2008
Loc: North Texas
"A mild form of Ankylosing Spondylitis" is actually a pretty specific diagnosis. If he feels you meet the diagnostic criteria well enough to call it any sort of AS, that's pretty darn specific, as it's a pretty demanding set of criteria to meet. That being said, continuing to take NSAIDs and waiting 5 or 6 months to see him again isn't terribly helpful, unless NSAIDs are controlling your disease effectively.
Mary, 25, happily married pro photographer, momma to 2 great danes.
Dx: Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Sjogren's, IBS, Hiatal Hernia, & possible Endometriosis.
Meds: Stelara, Methotrexate, Relafen, Omeprazole, Lyrica, Tizanidine, Voltaren Gel, Tramadol

#269861 - 01/05/15 11:34 PM Re: Welcome to the 20-Something Club [Re: JamesChoi]
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Registered: 01/04/15
Posts: 1
Loc: Philippines
Hi I'm Ron, recently diagnosed with beginning AS. Though I don't feel back pain now, my left knee is inflamed, and feel minor pain on both feet (esp. tendons) when walking / going up and down stairs.

My rheumatologist asked me to learn more about AS and these three specific biologics: Enbrel, Infliximab (Remicade / Remsima) and Simponi. I'm still reading up on the three, and I would like to ask for help in deciding which one should I pick. I'm partial to Infliximab because of the lesser number of treatments/shots in a year.

Any tips / suggestions / recommended reading are appreciated. Thanks!

#269938 - 01/12/15 07:38 AM Re: Welcome to the 20-Something Club [Re: JamesChoi]
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Registered: 03/12/13
Posts: 1604
Loc: MS
Hi Ron. You will probably get more results if you post your question in a new thread rather than tacking it onto this long "welcome" thread. You may also get more responses if you post in the General Discussion section, since the Young Adults forum has been kind of quiet lately.

Keep in mind that infliximab is an infusion by IV instead of a shot, so even though you take it less often, the infusions take several hours each time.

I don't know how insurance works in the Philippines, but you should check with your insurance to find out the coverage for each medication.

Everyone is different, so there's no way to know how you will respond to the 3 choices you have been offered.
Ginny - 56 year old female
Dx with USpA in March 2013; changed to AS in July 2015
Iritis and Scleritis
unicompartmental knee replacement June 2014
MTX, Humira, Cyclobenzaprine, plus Indomethacin ER as needed
Supplements: Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Calcium, Fish Oil, Melatonin, Culturelle probiotic

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