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Les knew that he was running out of options, that the arthritis could damage his joints and leave him disabled for life. “That’s a rough future to face when you have always been a very active guy.” Then his doctor, research principal investigator and rheumatologist James Loveless, MD told him about a new drug that was available through a clinical research trial. “I didn’t hesitate,” Les says. “What did I have to lose?”
The drug was slow acting, so it took about 3-4 months after treatment began before he noticed any real differences. “Those first months were difficult,” Les remembers, but then the swelling and pain began to reduce. “I started getting better—and continued to get better.”
At first, Les was just happy to be able to get out of bed and open a carton of milk. Then he began thinking about his lost love—golf. Before arthritis, he had played once or twice a week, even in the winter in Colorado before he moved to Boise. Les began talking about golf with Dr. Patrick Knibbe during his study appointments. At one visit, Les complained that it was difficult to “get loose” in the winter climate. Dr Knibbe wrote him a prescription—to swing a golf club daily in the living room to reduce joint stiffness.
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