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Allison's story

Allison's Story


When Allison visited her GP with pain in her foot, she entered a maze of arthritis treatments that led to pain and joint damage for over a decade.

At the point of diagnosis, her doctor prescribed methotrexate for her rheumatoid arthritis. Methotrexate is the gold-standard drug for the condition and is an effective treatment for thousands of people. But it didn’t work for Allison.

She was put on to a second drug – infliximab. Again, it didn’t work.

By this time, the pain was so severe that Allison was forced to quit her job.

‘It wasn’t just the pain. It was the fatigue as well. Sometimes I would come home from work and have to go straight to bed. I’d gone from being a lively and active person to someone who felt exhausted all the time.’

Finally her condition became so severe that Allison was hospitalised. In response, she was offered a third drug – etanercept.

The impact was almost instantaneous. Allison returned to work, and could start living her life to the full.

‘Because certain drugs work for certain people, but not for others, too many people are not getting the right treatment at the right time. Arthritis Research UK wants to understand why this is the case, to identify which treatments will be best for each individual from the beginning. Once they know this, it will prevent a lot of joint damage, and ease the struggle that people like me have to go through before finding a treatment that works.’

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