SIMPONI® Stories

Real stories from real people. View real-life stories from people like you who are living with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA), active psoriatic arthritis, or active ankylosing spondylitis, and who are responding to treatment with once-monthly SIMPONI® under a rheumatologist's supervision. You'll learn about their challenges and what led them to start treatment with SIMPONI®. Your results may vary.

Tom's Story

 

Golfer and antique shopper and living with active ankylosing spondylitis since 1982

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Read about Tom from Texas

Living with active ankylosing spondylitis since 1982

I’ve had ankylosing spondylitis for some time now. At first I felt tired and sore. Then one day, after a business meeting, I couldn’t get up out of my chair, and my co-workers had to stand me up. The pain that started in my lower back was moving down my legs—and the stiffness in my neck was so bad I had trouble turning my head. Now that’s a real problem when you’re a golfer.

For a while I used aspirin and then switched to ibuprofen. But they didn’t help much with my pain. So my doctor gave me prescription pain relievers. We tried several different types of medications including steroids. For a while they helped, but when those weren’t enough, my doctor prescribed SIMPONI®.

After starting treatment with SIMPONI®, the stiffness in my neck got better. I also noticed that the pain in my lower back improved.

My wife and I have a hobby that keeps me very busy—traveling around the country buying antique furniture that we fix up and resell. Since the SIMPONI® injection is just once a month, it fits into my busy travel schedule. The injection doesn’t bother me and I find it hardly hurts.

There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but with SIMPONI® I get relief from my back pain and stiffness. I’d tell anyone who’s been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis to give SIMPONI® a try. It really can make a difference.

SIMPONI® is the first and only self-injectable biologic treatment for adults with active ankylosing spondylitis that requires just one injection each month.

Your results may vary.

Once you and your doctor are comfortable with the self-injection process, you will inject SIMPONI® under the skin, just once a month.

Selected Important Safety Information

SIMPONI® (golimumab) can lower your ability to fight infections. Serious and sometimes fatal events may occur. There have been reports of serious infections including tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses that have spread throughout the body. Other possible serious side effects may include lymphoma, skin cancer, a rare and fatal cancer called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, other cancers, hepatitis B, heart failure, nervous system problems, lupus-like syndrome, or allergic reactions. To learn more about these and other risks, please read the Important Safety Information and the Medication Guide, and talk with your doctor.

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