Strep throat and enbrel

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elcamino
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   Posted 5/8/2006 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
The strep throat saga continues.  I had a throat culture done last Thursday just to make sure that I no longer have an active infection (although I don't have proof that I ever had strep throat because I didn't go to the doctor when I had active symptoms).  PA that examined me last Thursday said point blank, "I don't think you have strep throat."  Nevertheless because I'm taking enbrel she did a throat culture anyway.  Well, guess what--results are in and I have an active infection even though I have no symptoms.  Now, isn't that a definition of a carrier?  Should a carrier always be treated with antibiotics when it's caught?  I realize I brought this on myself by insisting on a throat culture, but I was a little worried about taking the enbrel if I had an infection.  Now, per my rheumatologist I have to wait until I've completed the antibiotics to continue the enbrel injections--10 days!   Now that the enbrel is finally starting to work (after 5 months of tnf-inhibitors), will that put me back at all when I skip a few injections? 
 
Erin, I believe you mentioned that you were a strep carrier too and that you continued injections through antibiotics.  Did you just not tell your doctor and continue injections anyway?  How did you find out you were a carrier?
 
Thanks!
Typhoid Mary (aka Elcamino)

Ducky
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   Posted 5/8/2006 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL Typhoid Mary LOL hee hee hee... How long are you on antibiotics for the Strep? I have taken 10 days worth of antibiotics before and I never missed an injection... Granted, mine was for UTIs, but I don't think that should really matter... Hhhmmmm...
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


elcamino
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   Posted 5/8/2006 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ducky,  I think my rheumy is just overly cautious.  I'm fine with it really--it looks like I'll only miss one injection.  I'd rather be safe than sorry.  See my reply to your post about the long-term antibiotics.

Elcamino


Ducky
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   Posted 5/8/2006 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there... I saw it... thanks elcamino... :) I'll have to let you know what the doc says tomorrow...
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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