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Rituxan does wear off :(

Rebecca2z

Paradise, Ca
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Just wanted to give an update. About 6 and 1/2 months after the fourth round of Rituxan I contacted my doctor and told him I was seeing some signs that the RTX was wearing off. He said I had to do some B-Cell tests in order to know if I am due for a maintenance dose, so I drove the 8-9 hour round trip just to do the test. He contacted me and said no it was too soon.

Now jump ahead 2 months and I write him again and tell him I am really going down hill. He requests I come in again and have the B-Cell test which I do. He calls me and says yes it is time, I will need two rounds instead of one.

I am going this Wed for round one. I am in HORRID pain again in all joints, massive headaches, profound fatigue all the things we all complain about. The only thing that has stayed strong is my ability to think clearly.
Which is great as this has always been so debilitating.

It is very very hard to go back down hill after having several months of feeling so great, I am bummed this doesn't last longer. My joint pain is unbearable, worse than I ever remember. I just cry myself to sleep at night.

You know if it was just in one or two joints or maybe some neck pain it would be fine but pain in every single joint, hip, and spine is so overwhelming and on top of that the severe burning in my feet is back, so I know the RTX for sure helped that.

I am really sick with a cold and a little fearful about doing the RTX but I was suppose to do it two weeks ago and I put it off because I had a bad fungal infection in my central line. ( there was a spot in my lung either fungus or pneumonia) I can't stand the joint pain and being bed ridden again so I am going for it.

I hope you all are doing ok and sorry I haven't visited more but I have been so sick I couldn't do any computer work.
 
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Gingergrrl

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Oh, Rebecca, I am so sorry to hear this news and your update brought tears to my eyes. But please do not give up hope and you have been such an inspiration to me. Please rest and get better for your next trip up to Stanford. I will be there myself in February (not for Rituxan) but to be assessed at a different clinic. Will you be there in Feb, too?

Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way :hug::hug::hug:
 

Rebecca2z

Paradise, Ca
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Thank You Gingergrrl, I will hang in there and the support from PR is in part why !
yes I will be at Stanford on Feb 18th and again on Feb 23rd- when are you going to be there ? Also where are you coming in from, I can't remember?
 

Gingergrrl

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Thank You Gingergrrl, I will hang in there and the support from PR is in part why !
yes I will be at Stanford on Feb 18th and again on Feb 23rd- when are you going to be there ? Also where are you coming in from, I can't remember?

I can't believe it, my appt at Stanford is also on Feb 18th! I am not joking... I booked it 5-6 months in advance b/c there was a long waiting list and this is the date they gave me. What are the odds! We are coming from Los Angeles and also driving. I think it is a seven hour drive for us so you must be slightly south of us. Am happy to discuss further via PM if you feel up to it some time.

ETA: Just looked at a map and now feel completely stupid that you are not south of us and are much north of Stanford. I had not heard of Paradise, CA before... hope you can forgive me!
 
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Marky90

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Very sad to hear this this Rebecca

This kinda goes to show that one should follow the Haukeland-protocol, and not improvise..
At least you now know that you probably got a variant of an autoimmune disease, and you found a drug that did work! That puts you in a better spot then most :)
Wishing you a speedy recovery.
 

heapsreal

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Although it appears to be an effective treatment for some, it doesnt seem a cure. I hope they will keep drilling down deeper in research to find the exact cause and a longer lasting remission period or cure.

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I hope u bounce back quicker than the initial treatment .
 

Marky90

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Although it appears to be an effective treatment for some, it doesnt seem a cure. I hope they will keep drilling down deeper in research to find the exact cause and a longer lasting remission period or cure.

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I hope u bounce back quicker than the initial treatment .

I would have to disagree here, it has "cured" many people in Norway. Meaning they still haven`t relapsed.. It`s not a cure for everybody though, but that`s not expected either.
 

heapsreal

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I would have to disagree here, it has "cured" many people in Norway. Meaning they still haven`t relapsed.. It`s not a cure for everybody though, but that`s not expected either.

Im not arguing here but for those that it hasnt, whats wrong with looking deeper.

I say it doesn't seem a cure as it hasnt been around long enough . Its like cancer treatments where they say people are in remission and isnt called a cure until after so many years . I can't say i have heard any long term remissions yet, only because its not been around long enough .

Plus whenever anyone asks information on cure rates, everyone jumps down peoples throats saying that this information shouldn't be released until all the research is completed. Either your letting the cat out of the bag or just making assumptions .
 

Marky90

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Im not arguing here but for those that it hasnt, whats wrong with looking deeper.

I say it doesn't seem a cure as it hasnt been around long enough . Its like cancer treatments where they say people are in remission and isnt called a cure until after so many years . I can't say i have heard any long term remissions yet, only because its not been around long enough .

Plus whenever anyone asks information on cure rates, everyone jumps down peoples throats saying that this information shouldn't be released until all the research is completed. Either your letting the cat out of the bag or just making assumptions .

I`m not making assumptions, I talk privately to some people from the phase 1-study. Those cats, are already out of the bag. And they have been meowing healthily for several years now.
 
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