Patient Story: Mrs. Cheung
Mrs. Cheung, 47, is a financial manager. Since she had to constantly run around for client meetings, a lot of stress was placed on her knees. She started experiencing joint pain and she thought it was simply due the physical and mental toll work had taken on her body – that was until the joint symptoms began severely interfering with her everyday life. For example, she could barely run day-to-day errands herself without enlisting help from her husband and she even had to withdraw from her company’s charity walk. After consulting a physician, she was told the joint pain was caused by autoimmunity in contrary to her original speculations.
Her symptoms were eventually stabilized, and an improved quality of life was seen following treatment with conventional therapy and combination therapy. As her job requires constant traveling, Mrs. Cheung had always wished to minimize treatment-related inconvenience. Under her specialist’s advice, she opted for an oral targeted monotherapy and has seen sustained reduction in joint pain and improvement in mobility in the past year.
Adhering to the treatment regimen and listening to the physician’s advice on lifestyle changes e.g. following a balanced diet, exercising regularly (stretching, swimming and practicing yoga), she has substantially removed the limitations imposed by the joint symptoms and could travel around, both for work and vacation, with ease.