During my last GI visit he recommended that I go to a rheumatologist because of my continuing aches and stiffness. My neck and back are really stiff these days...still no digestive problems from the UC...I know I'm lucky weird.
The rheumatologist was alarmed at my stiffness. Her first instinct is that I have ankylosing spondylitis. So, she wants every test all of my other doctors have run. And, she sent me to get a fresh set of x-rays of my spine and a bunch of blood tests.
Depending on the test results she is thinking about having me start Humira or Remicade. It looks like my insurance covers both with prior authorization.
She said, "Pain pills and prednisone are band aids. We have to act aggressively on this autoimmune disease!"
Sounds like she is wanting some answers for you! That is great! Sorry about all of the upcoming tests, but if you can get a correct diagnosis and start on the right treatment, who knows what may happen! YAY for aggressive doctors! Also good news that your insurance covers the Humira and Remicade. I was on Remicade for a year and I think each infusion was about $3000 each and insurance covered almost all of it!
Please keep us posted on all of your results. I'm anxious to hear what you find out.
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