I've been away for a while! I was hardly able to work at one point recently in my life, and since I've been feeling well I've ended up with two jobs here recently!
Just wondering if anyone else is on Enbrel and what their experience has been like. Mine has been like this:
I've been on Enbrel, once a week, 50 shot autoinjector, for nine months now.
about every 5th or 6th autoinjector shot I give myself feels like a bee sting. My doctor said her other patients that use the autoinjector say the same thing, and the people who use the syringe have less pain. It actually makes me a bit apprehensive about each shot now and I have two or three false starts before I can make myself hit the button, but I simply remind myself that a bee sting is better than agonizing, incessant pain.
I have been pretty much symptom-free ever since a few days after starting. I have had no side effects to speak of.
I do not believe I have gotten any infections as a result of taking Enbrel (unlike with Prednisone, which caused a multitude of illnesses). I have had to skip a few shots because I've had a respiratory infection or two (of note: they were extremely mild illnesses).
Recently I missed several weeks and a bit of inflamation came back, and once starting up again on Enbrel it actually did NOT seem as effective. My doctor said this was not uncommon, and I'm not real happy about that. But hey, at least I can sleep, walk up stairs, and pick up my kid - there was a time when I couldn't do any of that so I will take it!
Hope all is well with the regulars. I will try to come back and visit more often!
Arthritis (poss. RA) - Doc scripts: Enbrel 50 autoinjector, Methotrexate 5 pills/week, Folic acid.