I have been having pain for a while now since my problems with my teeth back in April.  On my prior post I mentioned those problems and the experience I had.  At that time I was given antibiotics which of course helps your body fight infections but prior to that I’d just had my infusion of Rituxan. Though it was close together, it couldn’t be helped.

I’ve done well on Rituxan but after taking the antibiotics prescribed by my dentist it seems as though my RA pain got worse. Nothing hurt tremendously but pain pretty much in all of my joints.  This has gone on up until today. So I finally decided it’s time to see my doctor to see if I’m having a flare or if my Rituxan has stop working.

So I saw my doctor, had great conversation, great examination and he advised he believes I’m having a flare.  So now I have to take a 10 day course of prednisone and if that doesn’t work we will have that “what do I do now talk”.  I guess my thinking is, does a flare last this long, from late April until now.  Really, has my medicine stop working or is it a flare.  How do you really know.  Well I have about 3 or 4 weeks to get my answer.  Of course the prednisone will do it’s job but what happens after that determines if my medication is still working.

How do you determine if it’s a flare or if your medication has stop working.  How long do you stay in pain and call it a flare.  I would love to hear from others about their experiences.