Arthritis Relief Comes At High Price

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a devastating disease. Besides crippling joints, it can leave the victim exhausted and in excruciating pain.

During the past several decades, drug companies have offered patients a Faustian deal: prompt pain relief with serious long-term consequences.

Many of these arthritis patients felt betrayed when they discovered that their pain relief came at such a high price to their health.

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  1. mur

    It is a double edged sword. On the one hand there are all of these terrible side effects, but, on the other hand, is me not being able to get out of bed and be a ‘mom’. I’m on the ‘trifecta’ round…steroids, biologics, nsaids…it ain’t pretty,but, at least I am able to function. Hopefully soon, we will all have better news.

  2. Julie Woodard

    You know the real pisser about making this deal with the devil is that we are all supposed to hope that this time the devil won’t trick us. I have taken most of the meds listed in this article, and to date have found nothing that does more than barely control the arthritis, let alone the constant pain. And I have felt thankful for even that much relief. I know that these drugs help a lot of people, but dang I’m tired of bargaining with them to barely help the pain and exhaustion. I’m tired of feeling like a drugged out zombie in hopes of just having a normal day once in a while. I’m tired of risking real drug addiction while trying to control long term excrutiating pain, and coming close to taking overdoses of powerful medications just hoping to dull the pain even one bit. Then there is the humility that goes with this, explaining to employers, co-workers and friends over and over again why I have to do these things, and what other havok the drugs are creating in my body. Constantly being told that this latest and greatest miracle drug should be helping, and the consternation of my drs when it doesn’t. Not even being able to give an accurate answer on if a drug is helping because today I’m better in one place only to have problems in another tomorrow. So what exactly is it we are supposed to be weighing out? Yeah my knee is better this week, but I weigh 300 pounds and am developing diabetes from the pred. Yeah, I can almost type today, but really hated wiping the blood off my mouth after spitting it up from the ulser I have from the large doses of NSAIDS. Oh gosh, I can go to work this week, only to have some jerk sneezing and coughing in my face after the Biologic I took. Next week I will not only have their cold or flu but might well be in the hospital from it because my immune system is now supressed. Oh and while we are at it, lets not forget all the anti depressant and anxiety meds I have to take now because I’ve been watching life as I knew it go down the drain for the last 30 years, I can barely support myself which in turn supports all the meds I have to take. So yes I make that Faustian deal, and everyday I pray that this will be the day that the devil doesn’t screw me over on it. I know that this is negative and angry, I apologize for that. It’s just that this article hit a very raw nerve in me and I think it is raw in others as well.

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