I was treated with Rituxan for cryoglobulinemic vasculitis with peripheral neuropathy with good results.
I was diagnosed in June '02 with Hepatitis C by a reumatologist. Within a week of starting Pegasys and ribivirin (January '03), I was plunged into extreme pain in my back and legs. I was treated for a disc problem with limited results. Two months later, a neurosurgeon I consulted referred me to a neurologist who confirmed cryoglobulinemic vasculitis as the cause of the pain and weakness (not the disc problem).
By June '03, a Hematologist got the Rituxan approved under my prescription plan. In August '03, a month after completing the fourth Rituxan infusion, the cryocrit level was less than half the level prior to Rituxan treatment. I noticed improvement in sensation, strength and level of pain. By November '03, the Cryocrit level was only a trace. I am fortunately a responder to the Pegasys and Ribavirin.
I continue to improve in terms of the pain, numbness, and weakness in my lower back, legs and feet, but this is very slow.
Maybe this story could help someone else.
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