Xeljanz is doing nothing for me. I had one great day, I think a combo of weather and residual meds in my system. I'm on day 14 of hardly being able to move. 2 days ago I resorted to 8mg prednisone, because my husband had already missed 3 days of work taking care of me and the kids (plus the new years long weekend and last weekend, PLUS some of winter break). I had the worst flare since I don't know when. I literally needed help walking to the bathroom. The prednisone helped and yesterday I was able to do what needed to be done. I didn't take any pred. yesterday but this morning woke up in pain again, and took 4 mg. I don't take the pred. because it gives me terrible headaches AND makes me super angry and irritable even at small doses.
I'm seeing my doc next week and I think we're going to have to give Xeljanz the boot. My degeneration on it has been fast and severe.
I'm most likely returning to Enbrel, and if possible in combo with Arava.
I had such high hopes for this new med everyone. I'm really unhappy and depressed about it all. I've been on EVERYTHING. Enbrel once gave me a full remission. I want some more of my life back. The last 8 yrs have been a slow decline. We even moved to AZ for 2 years awhile ago to see if it would help me compary to the rainy NW, but it didn't. So we moved back 5 yrs ago. So yeah, I've exhausted EVERYTHING.
January is not a good month for this to be happening. And I turn 41 in 3 days. Blergh....