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New biological therapy is making a big difference to my condition 

I was amazed to read the letter from Harry Hunt. What he wrote is identical to my experience. I also have just had two infusions of tocilizumab. My blood tests also show my CRP is down to 1 and ESR also down to just 2. I also take methotrexate as I have done for years. I understand I am on a course of six infusions incidentally, maybe the same as Harry Hunt. I do feel better, although I continue to feel very tired at the end of a busy day, but that, I know. is ‘the nature of the beast’, and I must pace myself, I’m told. My thanks also to your organisation, which makes this treatment possible through your invaluable research.    
Penelope Carden, via email (Summer 2014)

New biological therapy is making a big difference to my condition

It might interest your readers to know I have recently been put on tocilizumab infusions as part of a methotrexate taper trial after methotrexate started to lose effectiveness. I felt the difference almost immediately (inside two weeks) and my first blood test showed C-reactive protein (CRP), a test to measure disease activity, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), another diagnostic test that shows the level of inflammation, of 1 and 2 respectively. Now after a couple of infusions my disease activity score (DAS) is less than 1 and I'm in remission. Nothing I can say or give can do justice to the work of organisations like yours and companies like Roche that have made this possible.
Harry Hunt, via email (Spring 2014)


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