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Efficacy in current practice of switching between anti-tumour necrosis factor-a agents in spondyloarthropathies

The Tumor-Necrosis-Factor alpha (TNF-a) blockers are biologic medications that have shown great promise in treating ankylosing spondylitis. They have been shown to be highly effective in treating not only the arthritis of the joints but the spinal arthritis associated with ankylosing spondylitis and related diseases.

This study looked at the effectiveness of switching between TNF-a medications to see if one would work when another had not.

The authors conclude that, “In the event of failure or intolerance to anti-TNF-a in the treatment of [spondyloarthropathies], performing a first or second switch produces a satisfactory therapeutic response.

via Press – News – 462 – Efficacy in current practice of switching between anti-tumour necrosis factor-a agents in spondyloarthropathies.


Fish Oils

Fish oil is rich in Omega-3.  These fatty acids are good fats for your body.  The principal fish fats areknown as EPA and DHA.   Both of them have shown great health benefits in a wide range of ways, including the healing of arthritis. However, one thing you must know is that fish fats do not work like painkillers do.  They may help alleviate the pain of arthritis but they do not do it overnight.  It will take some time before their benefits are felt. The oil of the fish works by reducing the inflammation that an arthritic patient is suffering from.  Researches have shown that the body can convert fish fats into resolvin D2—a very powerful anti-inflammatory chemical.  With even little amount of this powerful chemical established in the body, the person may already feel substantial ease in his or her joints.  Omega-3 can definitely aid to you get back on your feet.

via Fish Oils blog.

Enbrel SubQ : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Pictures, Warnings & Dosing – WebMD

Enbrel SubQ : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Pictures, Warnings & Dosing – WebMD.

3 Natural Remedies to Quell Pain

Many people with arthritis or chronic backache mix prescription meds with over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen. But doubling up on nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may trigger further health troubles (such as gastrointestinal problems) and lead to a poorer quality of life health-wise, finds a new study. Though not as fast-acting as most NSAIDs, these three remedies — recommended by Scottsdale, Arizona-based naturopathic physician Nicole Barreda — can quell pain by easing inflammation.


Research has shown that ginger, which is high in anti-inflammatory compounds, may work as well as NSAIDs for arthritis pain.

How to Take It

Look for supplements that deliver 2,000 to 4,000 mg per daily dose. Drinking ginger tea and eating fresh ginger can also help cool inflammation, says Barreda.


Shown to ease arthritis pain in a number of studies, this pineapple-derived enzyme appears to inhibit inflammatory compounds in the body called prostaglandins.

How to Take It

Swallow a 500-mg capsule of bromelain three times a day, preferably on an empty stomach. Even better, says Barreda, opt for a product containing multiple enzymes, like papain and chymotrypsin.


Research suggests that this staple of the curry spice turmeric — long used as an anti-inflammatory in Ayurvedic medicine — can improve symptoms of inflammation-related conditions like arthritis and IBS.

How to Take It

Three times each day, get 400 to 600 mg of curcumin in capsule form, preferably on an empty stomach.

via 3 Natural Remedies to Quell Pain .

Enbrel SubQ

Drugs and Treatments – Enbrel SubQ – Patient Handout from WebMD – this is currently what i’m on as far as my primary medication (i’m also on a pain killer).  i’ve been on enbrel for 10 weeks now and i’ve seen moderate improvements. it hasn’t show huge results for me yet but i hear it could take 3 months or more to feel it’s full effects. let’s hope i start to see more than moderate improvements because the injection is extremely painful! and that’s coming from someone with chronic pain!!