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My rhuematologist and I both believe that I have rheumatoid arthritis that is affecting my hands. We both know I have osteoarthritis in both of my thumbs but after a MRI of my right hand it indicated inflammatory arthritis. Anyway I broke my ankle in February and was not allowed to put any weight on it at all until a week and a half ago. Lifting my body to transfer from one seat to another put a lot of pressure on my hands and my hand started hurting worse than they ever hurt. I've been using leflunomide and recently added Gabapentin as well. My rheumatologist wants me on Humira but my copay is $1,050 a month. I am not considered low-income so I don't qualify for any of those kinds of programs and I'm on Medicare so the discount cards are not allowed to be used with Medicare. But I have recently found an organization that thinks they can find me some help with it. In the meantime I was wondering if anyone had any ideas because my hands hurts so much I can barely use them. I use a prescription gel and compression gloves and thumb braces and that's the only thing that keeps me from going crazy.
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