Erin, let me clarify. I will be getting the initial reading back today or so. Doctor told me it can take up to 8 weeks for tb to be properly cultured. Personally, I don't expect they will find any tb. I have no sx other than a low-grade fever and some congestion (very little coughing, though).
This morning after I took the meds, I ate some pretzels. I know you're not supposed to eat when you take the meds, but from what I've read that's not supported anywhere. So far, I don't feel nauseous, but jeez was I ever nauseous last night!
I don't see my doc for another 3 weeks. If the nausea continues, I might ask her about an anti-nausea drug. I see my rheumy next week--if it gets bad enough, he might prescribe me one as well. I asked the ID doc about taking the meds on an empty stomach. She said if I need to do to go ahead and take them with food. I don't think the empty stomach thing is a sure and fast thing anymore. Perhaps too many people have problems keeping the meds down. I swear it takes most of a diet coke 12 oz. and 15 minutes to get all those pills down anyway. No wonder they're so hard on your stomach! And I'm taking mtx on top of all that (which has been causing GI problems).
As far as the culture in concerned, I think the results will be given to my doctor. She'll tell me whether they found anything or not. The good news is no news--it means I'm not contagious after all. If i were contagious, the health department knows where I live. They wouldn't have hesitated to contact me.
another question for you (thanks for being so patient). If I do have latent tb that is being reactivated by the enbrel, at what point do I become contagious? I ask because of the problems I had last summer (when this whole thing started). I developed a wicked cough 3 weeks after starting mtx. I wrongly attributed it to the mtx, and went to the pulmonologist, etc.... It wasn't the mtx, nor was it ILD, but now I'm wondering if it was in fact the tb waking up? If so, was I contagious at the time? I'm worried about my daughters and husband. I had a cough for a good 8 weeks, but it was a very dry hack--not the productive cough produced by active tb?