Do not just check SED Etc. certain biologics are made to decrease cytokines but few vicims have these blood tests done. An example is MY TNF WAS NORMAL BUT MY INTERLEUKIN 6 was off the charts. My experienced RA doctor told me there were no tests. There are. I found them at Quest and it was found that Xeljanz dramatically dropped my il6.
It was 54 prior to taking Xeljanz and normal range 3 – post Xeljanz!
Others could be in the same boat. My god. I am so angry I’ve had – to for decades – be my own physician but in this course of having to wait my joints have been severely damaged. I am on my 5th month and my blood tests are all normal with this drug
other bios help with TNF factors but some of us have a different problem. My TNF was normal. That’s why Humira helped for such a short time. SINCE XELJANZ is supposed to stop the inflammatory cytokines action at the hub, as it suggests, others should get a pre and post full cytokines blood panel done. PFIZER has 2 co pay programs because the drug is so expensive. If someone wants to email me I can give you tel numbers on where to begin Medicare does not pay either.
You may think you are not eligible but you might be surprised because Pfizer wants this drug to be successful and obviously it is too expensive for the majority.
There are 4 cytokines but INTERLEUKIN 6 and TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR are the two common ones that RA drug studies are based upon
Gosh I hope these new drugs (hopefully specifically) for Rheumatoid come to Australia soon.]]>