My Drug Addiction

I have psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune condition which causes inflammation in my joints and skin.

For the past 2.5 years the symptoms have been moderate to severe.  For over 2 years I went through several different drug combinations, none of which consistently kept the swelling under control.  Despite hefty doses of immunosuppressants, I still had reoccurring joint flareups.  On the worst days one or both of my knees were so big that it was difficult to walk.  Some days I had a hard time putting on shoes or tying my tie.

Finally this summer I switched to a drug regimen which has succeeded in keeping my joint inflammation in check (although my skin is still a mess).  I can basically do all the things I used to do, every day, with little to no discomfort.  It’s also helped return my blood chemistry, pressure, and pulse back to normal.

The daily regimen consists of the following:

The good news is that these drugs have given me my joints back.  The bad news is that they do more than that.  The first three are capable of causing many serious side effects.  Infections, vision problems, diabetes, depression, cancer–to name just a few.

I would love to stop taking these drugs.  For most of my life I rarely took any pharmaceuticals, including aspirin.  But when your alternative to being a druggie is to be functionally disabled, it’s an easy decision.  You got to do what you got to do.

Hopefully research on the disease will someday soon present me with better options.  But for now I’m popping pills.

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  1. WOW! Brian, I had no idea! My daughter is also “popping pills” to control and give relief to the discomforts of her autoimmune disease (Stills). Like you said no one desires the pharmecuetical roller coaster, but it beats the alternative of not being able to function. We believe in the power of prayer over matters that we don’t have any control over. We would like you to know that it is our belief that God is bigger than the mountains in front of us….He understands our pain and hears us when we call on Him. So we will be remembering you in our prayers daily. We will look forward to your blog updates.
    Jerome Arner.

  2. I’m so sorry you are suffering so badly Brian. It’s really hard getting older and seeing my friends suffer the effects of age and disease. I hope and pray you continue to feel better without developing major side effects. Thanking God that a better day is coming soon.