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New biological therapy is making a big difference to my condition 

I was amazed to read the letter from Harry. 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. 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, 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, via email (Spring 2014)

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