Post Edited (babyplace) : 6/27/2007 5:40:51 PM (GMT-6)
It's nice to see updates from everyone. I've been lurking more lately; perhaps posting a bit, but mostly lurking. Still doing great jointwise; still waiting on GI results for celiac and gastritis causes.
Sorry to hear many of you are having a rough time. Yalinda, I hope the enbrel does the trick for you. Are you still taking mtx too? It took a while for the enbrel to get into my system and really start working, but I wasn't taking anything else (other than plaquenil) at the time. I only added mtx after about 7 months on the enbrel. Many people get 100% benefits from enbrel alone.
Erin--hope the remicade works for you this time.
Everyone else--have a great weekend, and for all of you Americans--Happy Fourth of July! I took off work all next week, so I'm looking forward to a nice, relaxing (we're painting the house) week with my family.
I actually started on enbrel, and then 8 months or so later mtx was added. I only took the two combined for about 3 months or so, and then I had some minor complications that forced me to stop taking the enbrel. I know that when I started enbrel, it took about 5-6 months for it to start working, and it never worked completely, which is why mtx was added to begin with. It seems to me now that I'm only taking 15 mg/mtx that the mtx is just as effective as the combination of the two. But it's different for everyone. With the infections I've been getting, I'd just as soon stay away from the biologics for a while, but it's nice to know that they do work--you just have to have patience.