JRA.... Journal of a Radical Arthritis Chick

Here I give advice, speak of my experiences and give information to those who want to better understand Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am NOT a medical professional, and you should always seek advice from a doctor.

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Location: MA, United States

Hello everyone! I am 28 years old and was diagnosed with JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) when I was just 3 years old. I've had my battles with this disease over the years, and have decided to create a blog. I want to share my stories and adivce with other RA chicks, or anyone interested, to raise awareness and get insight from others. Feel free to comment/question me about anything. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Actemra, Methotrexate and an Update

I haven't updated this blog in way too long.  I apologize for that.  I've had so many things going on in my life, both good and bad, I got caught up with things.  I figured it was about time to update you all, and possibly try to write blogs more often.

Last year, I was on weekly Humira and Methotrexate injections.  Sometime around June, my right knee developed fluid and was severely swollen, as you can see in the photo below.

After seeing my rheumatologist, he confirmed with an MRI, that I had a Baker's Cyst.  A what?! I had never heard of this before.  It's basically a fluid filled cyst, caused by the inflammation in my knee.  My doctor explained that sometimes, the fluid gets pushed to the back of the knee, causing the cyst.  It happens when there is so much fluid, it has nowhere to go.  My knee ended up more swollen after this photo too.  After 3 steroid injections, the cyst almost went away, but not completely.  After discussing things, we decided that after 8 years, it was time to say goodbye to Humira.  We decided that Actemra infusions were the next best thing for me, and to continue the Methotrexate injections along with it.  

Once a month, I go into Boston and have my Actemra.  Here is me at my first infusion! 

Since being on the Actemra infusions, and the Methotrexate, my joints have never felt better! I quickly got better, and noticed less and less morning stiffness.  Currently, I'm experiencing no pain, no inflammation and no morning stiffness.  My CRP level is almost down to normal! I am happy to say, that I am do very well.  While, it is still to early to tell if this is truly working, I have hope that things will get better for me.  I also am making sure I eat a healthy diet, rich in foods and supplements that help battle inflammation.  While every one's bodies are different, I have hope that those of you still suffering, will have a medicine that works for you as well. :) 

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