• Rheumatoid arthritis

    Asked by MarianneT on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    Rheumatoid arthritis

    I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about 10 years before Breast Cancer Dx. I had a mild to moderate case with almost all joints involved. The onco said I may get some benefit for it with my ACT chemo. Indeed did, for a little over 2 years no joint pain, swelling or fatigue accompanied with it. Anyone else have adjunct positive effects from chemo? If you had RA how long was it in remission? Also, was it worse than before when it finally came back? My hips seem a lot worse but I am thinking it could just be age related.

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    • CAS1's Avatar

      You bring up a very good point that I have been thinking about.

      There is a great deal of science saying that the immune system gets a boost from Chemo. I had lots of painful tingeling in my feet and fingers. Can't think of the name of the issue now..But it was nothing other than a weird issue. Well, now after chemo its gone. I am feeling better and better every day but I am not sure if its because I am taking even better care of myself.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi Marianne,

      I'm Aliza, a BC patient and the site's unofficial resident Medical Librarian. My other claim to fame is that I'm a Lupus patient, but I must admit I was exempted from chemo through Oncotype testing. My best advice is to check with your Rheumatologist re any Medical questions re your R.A. I don't believe there's a definitive answer that anyone can give you but then Med Librarians are not supposed to answer med questions (sounds strange as it's practicing medicine sans license which is a bit illegal.

      Some Lupus remissions have been longer or shorter than others. Best as mentioned above to check with your Rheumatologist.

      Warm wishes,

      over 3 years ago
    • raven's Avatar

      I had eczema that went away with chemo. My onc said it would come back, but it has not yet (2 yrs).

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      I am happy for you that your RA got better after chemo. I watched my grandmother suffer with that in her back and it wasn't pleasant. It is very painful so I know what you went through. I am glad you are not suffering anymore.

      over 3 years ago
    • oceanblue24's Avatar

      We have an elderly friend that has very bad rheumatoid arthritis & she has been going for many years for a chemo like treatment every so often. The drug, which I do not know the name of, has helped her a lot. I often wondered about her treatment type so maybe the drugs a similar? So happy that you got good results!!

      over 3 years ago

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