That's the goal! RA can be very different for everyone, so there is no guarantee for sure, but the new medications that are out there now have definitely increased the number of people who are in remission or are able to manage their RA very well.
Finding a treatment plan that works for you, which could include a comibination of medicines and/or other forms of care including diet, acupuncture, yoga, etc. can all work together to give us each the best possible chance of reaching remission, and getting started on that plan as close to diagnosis as possible also increases the chances for remission.
From what I have been reading 50% of us should be able to go into remission. He is a quote from http://www.arthritis.org/remission-is-possible.php
Sound too good to be true? It's not, says Désirée van der Heijde, MD, a professor of rheumatology at the University Hospital Maastricht in the Netherlands. She says with today's newer treatments, as well as with more aggressive use of older treatments, like methotrexate, nearly half of people with RA can - and should - achieve remission. In the Trial of Etanercept and Methotrexate with Radiographic Patient Outcomes (TEMPO), a two-year study of 682 people with RA from 92 treatment centers in Europe and Australia, more than three quarters of people treated with the biologic drug etanercept (Enbrel) plus the disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) methotrexate experienced no progression of joint damage at three years. More than 40 percent achieved clinical remission.
There is also a article about obesity and remission. It says "Obesity Can Reduce Chance of RA Remission. But Remicade may act on the inflammatory mediator that is produced by fat tissue, helping push even obese people into remission." http://www.arthritis.org/obesity-can-reduce-chance-of-remission-ra.php
REMISSION Sometimes it comes and goes, ebbs and flows like the tide. Enjoy the good days, weeks, months or years while you can. Stay on you meds, no matter how well you feel and don't miss any doses, just remember it is always lurking and waiting. Stress and strong low weather fronts can be triggers for flair-ups, usually pass and are managable while on medications.
No everyone does not go in remission. I never have in 27 years. But we finally have control of it with the right kind of medicine and my flareups I barely notice just feel a little achy and tired. I also have new feet and new kness and ankles that got me out of the wheelchair.
But I hope everyone goes in remission.
My husband of 31 years was diagnosed with RA, 14 years ago. He definitely had all the symptoms then. The knees, hands, feet, and nodules were very painful. It took about a year before all the symptons went away. He was in remission all these years,( 13 years) until recently about 2 months ago he's had a flareup! Is it possible to have a remission again these many years or longer?
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