I was there at this presentation and have recommended it to many people since. It's a good way to get a basic understanding of inflammatory disease and the treatments. The mechanisms of action of the various treatments are well described.
Dr Edward Keystone is a dynamic speaker and also Director of The Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Disease - a center devoted to research into genomics, therapeutics, and outcomes in autoimmune inflammatory joint disease and osteoarthritis. It is part of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.
Dr. Keystone gave a talk in 2010 that is still relevant, even though many more drugs have been introduced in the years since then. The title of the talk was The Most Exciting Time Ever in the History of Rheumatoid Arthritis and used to be found on the site of The Arthritis Society.
And it's even better now
It's a long talk and he starts speaking 10 minutes in after the intros. He describes what RA is and makes the scientific information about biologic drugs very understandable. It would really help someone faced with a treatment decision or a new diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis.
Here are some of the points that he made:
If the joints are swollen they will sustain damage
Aggressive early treatment is important
RA is a medical emergency.
Tight control is the best strategy. Adjust therapy frequently to reach the target, which is now remission.
You start with methotrexate ...
Fun Wow Methotrexate injection time
This talk is one of my favourite resources. Dr Keystone's enthusiasm is infectious.
I had hand surgery just before I wrote this blog post. I needed the surgery because of early damage that happened before I was diasgnosed and had good treatment.
There were no fun pictures to see under hand surgery. (they were informative but not for everyone) This is not too bad though.
I did not know ostriches really did this.
** Here is another excellent resource for a patient facing a treatment decision. It's a blog post by Dr.
Shashank Akerkar called Time, tide & inflammation waits for nobody...
He followed that up with another that is very informative History of Rheumatoid Arthritis that shows the pace of progress in treatment.
So, the doctors weigh in, and seem to agree on the best course of action. It worked for me - with good treatment I worked until I retired. Honestly, it was no picnic but it was a goal that meant a lot to me.