Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Infliximab Experience

Dear friends,
I was adviced to take infliximab (also known as Remicade) because of severe pain and swelling in nearly all my joints. 200 mg of Infliximab was intravenously infused for nearly 8 hours. First 20 ml was infused under great observation to make sure that there is no adverse reaction. Before that I was advised some blood tests and chest X-Ray to make sure that I am fit for taking this anti-TNF drug. Fortunately, my body responded well to this drug. Within 24 hours, I had 90 % relief from pain and swelling. Both my hips are nearly fused. Those are the only joins now, which are still painful. I will be given 2 more such infusions after interval of 3-3 weeks. My Immunologist is hoping that hip condition should improve after these 3 doses, as it is not good to go for hip replacement surgery (my age is 26, and generally hip replacement is not suggested at this age). So my suggestion is, that infliximab is magic drug and will make u nearly normal, atleast in cases where complete fusion of joints has not yet happened. This gives me lot of hope and reason to look forward for painless and healthy future.

Thanks,
Parag

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