I was not aware that they showed a delay in radiographic progression but that is great to hear. I did know that they say to get on them as soon as possible to have the best results though which is why many rheumatologists including my own start them as early as possible.
Often times your doc is trying to keep your spirits up and give you hope Kelly but I believe it is the most challenging to get under control. I think the anti tnf drugs might work more for more people with RA then AS but I don't know.
Thanks Thewino! I hope so also. It is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday so will let everyone know how it's going. It seriously took forever to get through insurance and the person from Novartis called and I called back this last tues and they weren't available. I thought it was on the way but was held up just to make me listen to safety info I think she called back Friday and gave me the phone number for the specialty pharmacy who I had to set it up with but it should finally get Tues. I hope it doesn't make me tired or cause side effects cause I still have 3 weeks of school.
My understanding is the TNF drugs work better for AS then they do for RA frankly. There certainly is a subset of AS patients where the disease is very difficult to control.
I agree with the above that 40% is a bit dated and was for each individual drug. Meaning about 40% don't see enough relief on this TNF but might on another TNF. I have no clue what the number of people who find not enough relief from any of the TNF drugs but I suspect it is well under 40%
I hope the IL 17 drugs work for those the TNF drugs have failed for. Better yet the fecal matter transplant trials to begin in Portland this year unlock the secret to this damn disease