I have tried methotrexate, it had no effect except to make me violently ill. I did prednisone for about 6 months, it amde me aggresive with my kids and I had to stop taking it. I have tried Imuran for about 8 months and it too had no effect. My main issues are horrible swelling of my joints with extreme pain and fatigue. I keep getting pnuemonia, thrush, UTIs, bronchitis and strep. I recently had some crazy infection in my eye called periorbital cellulitis?!?! i keep getting these infections so my rhumie took me off all immuno suppresants and now i am only taking meds for pain. I feel like I am becoming a drug addict due to the high doses of pain killers I have to take. I am meeting with a new doc on 5-23-07 to talk about Rituxan. Has anyone used it and had any luck? i seem to be resistant to all the other treatments we have tried and I am beginning to feel a little like a guinea pig. It has been a year and a half since my diagnosis and i have yet to have any sort of remission and feel like I am just getting sicker. Does anyone have any suggestions about treatments that have worked or treatments to stay away from? I will take any and all advice!! THANX!!
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