My hand looks deformed. It hurts to use it and aches when it’s still. I’d say it is an 8 on a 1-10 pain scale. My ankles, knees and hips are also hurting. Nothing severe (probably a 5 out of 10 on a scale), but enough to make me limp and struggle with stairs.
Three weeks ago, I started my 6th biologic drug after almost a year of roller coaster health. Since then, life has been fairly busy and insane: A concert after work, parent/teacher conferences, a part-time job, multiple doctor appointments, constant errands after work, and attending the American College of Rheumatology’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington DC. Before starting this latest biologic drug, I would not have been able to get out of bed after these two insanely busy weeks. Honestly, I’d never be able to do 1/2 of these activities. Since starting this new treatment, I still feel pain, but it’s not making me feel sick. Instead of having both hands swollen and achy, I have one hand in rough shape and the other is hanging in there. My ankles and knees are swollen, but the pain is manageable. I’m definitely seeing a reduction in pain, and a slight reduction in swelling. Dare I hope that this drug is working? Is feeling so-so the best I can hope for? I guess time will tell. Until then, I’ll keep looking on the bright side, because it can always be worse.