Before Benlysta, my worsening lupus symptoms were many:
Now, after one year of Benlysta infusions, my lupus complaints are fewer:
Benlysta gets B+ grade
So, the doctor is continuing my treatment with Benlysta infusions, and is very pleased with the improvement of my lupus. Although we both originally hoped in vain for approval of Rituxan, because of my past dramatic improvement from using that biologic drug, that is old history. Now, Benlysta has done a good job of quieting my lupus and improving my health. If I were to rate Benlysta’s performance over the past year with a letter grade, it would definitely earn a B+ rating. [Although Rituxan comparatively earned an A+, the insurance company would not pay for it.] Benlysta’s B+ is an acceptable, welcome outcome!
Sulindac for inflammation
I am re-starting the anti-inflammatory prescription drug Sulindac for my arthritis inflammation. This is my NSAID of choice, since I cannot take over-the-counter aspirin, motrin or naprosyn due to severe adverse reactions. I took Sulindac successfully for most of 25 years, and it very effectively controlled ballooning hand knuckles. For the first time in years, I was able to stop taking it completely for the five years following my Rituxan infusions. It is time to start taking it, once again, since Benlysta is not effective controlling the arthritis inflammation of my lupus in my hands.
Follow Up in 4 weeks
To address my current problems with peripheral neuropathy, my rheumatologist prescribed Lyrica (pregabalin) to help reduce nighttime nerve pain, without having to resort to taking powerful pain killers to get to sleep. I was surprized when I my pharmacist told me that Lyrica is not on my insurance formulary, and the drug requires precertification. I cringed at the $350 it would be without my insurance, so my pharmacist contacted my rheumatologist to get the pre-certification process started. Hopefully, my insurance will coöperate and the approval will go quickly. I will follow-up with my rheumy in four weeks.