Ducky, enbrel question

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   Posted 3/1/2006 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Ducky, I noticed that you are currently taking Enbrel.  How long have you been taking that?  Did you try any other TNF-inhibitors prior to starting Enbrel?  How long after you started Enbrel, did you start feeling its effects?  I'm thinking about asking my rheumatologist about ENbrel tomorrow...
Thanks in advance!

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   Posted 3/1/2006 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not Duck, but I am on Enbrel.
My story: I was on MTX injections for 4 months with a little success, but not enough. I started Enbrel injections along with the MTX, I felt significantly better about 2 months after starting.
This was all about 1.5 years ago. about 4 months ago, I started (with Dr. support) to reduce my MTX amounts, trying to discover what the right amount of MTX is for my situation (in combination with Enbrel). It is a slow process, only reducing the amount by tenths of a CC once every few months. So far, I've not hit the threshold yet.

I have not had any problems with Enbrel, other than the needle is much thicker than the needles I use for the MTX nono But, the combination of MTX and Enbrel has made me as healthy as I can be, where MTX alone did not seem to do the trick.

I'm not near a location where where Remicade infusions are possible, hell my rheumatologist is 3.5 hours away. Enbrel was the best choice for me given my lifestyle and location.

... Craig

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   Posted 3/1/2006 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing your story Craig.  I agree, Enbrel injections are a lot more convenient than remicade transfusions.  I'm currently taking Humira to no avail. I'm starting to wonder what's wrong with me that I'm not having any kind of reaction at all to it?  Remicade would be an obvious next step, but I'd seriously rather try Enbrel first since it is self-injection.  I was trying to avoid mtx, but will talk about it with my rheumatologist tomorrow.

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   Posted 3/1/2006 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
hey elcamino... sorry it has taken a while to get with you, I've been swamped with work... I have been on Enbrel since March 05. I have not tried any other biologic, I didn't even know they existed til I saw the doctor last March. Since I have PA (Psoriatic Arthritis), I went straight on the Enbrel. It is proven to be most effective in patients with PA... My doc did say that if I couldn't tolerate it, that I could try the Humira. Luckily, the Enbrel has been a lifesaver for me. With in a week of my first injection, I noticed a significant difference, the swelling was gone as well as the redness in my joints... Now I almost feel 100%. I still have bad days depending on the weather and how much I am on my feet, however, I can do more. I can walk without a limp, I can lay in bed and my back doesn't spasm on me... and I can actually exercise (now I'm just too lazy to do it) but it's not the pain that stops me anymore... good luck to you and let us know what your rheumy says! -Duck
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis
-Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
-Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant
Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots

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