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Have I mentioned how good I feel? The first week or so when I was off my RA meds before surgery, I was miserable. Everything ached.

Then, in preparation for surgery, my doctor prescribed (among other things) a daily dose of Mobic. He suggested I continue to take the full round of 30 pills — continuing on after surgery — to help me feel better.

I’ve felt great. Nothing hurts, I haven’t flared, I don’t have the draggy fatigue caused by the Arava and Orencia, I’m sleeping well, and since I take the Mobic at night, I don’t wake up with any morning stiffness.

Wow.

Go figure, right?

You know what’s coming next, don’t you? I’ve got an appointment with my rheumy in a few days to discuss getting off the Arava and Orencia and just staying on Mobic. It’s cheaper, it seems to be working, and I feel better than I have in a long, long time.

Wait, you say. The Mobic will reduce inflammation but it won’t necessarily stop all the joint damage. True. But as some one who has had both a hip and shoulder replaced, had multiple bouts of bursitis, and is facing another shoulder replacement, I can’t say that I’m all that impressed with the ability of other RA drugs to prevent joint damage. And even with all the drawbacks that are associated with NSAIDs, they’re a lot safer than biologic RA drugs.

I started back on my Arava dosage a couple of days ago. I’m due for my Orencia injection today. However, I think I’m going to wait one more week until I meet with my rheumatologist and see what she says.

Any advice, suggestions, words of wisdom, or random thoughts that might help me make this decision are more than welcome.

Thanks for checking in.

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