Hi Barbara! As if you needed to deal with RA on top of your lupus and MDS? I'm sorry to hear of your recently added dx. I have been on humira for RA. I tried that before starting enbrel. I only took it for a couple of months, though. It didn't help me much, but when I went on enbrel I had to take it for a good 6-7 months before it kicked in. These drugs work very very slowly for me; for others they work much more quickly. I would say that patience is a necessary trait to exercise with the biologics. Of course, since you're taking mtx already, adding a biologic like humira may reap immediate benefits. I took enbrel by itself for almost 9 months before I added mtx. Once I added the mtx, even a small dose, I had 100% relief within 3-4 weeks. Something about the combination of those drugs works wonders for people.
One thing I'm curious about--I've read that Lupus patients should be a bit more cautious with the biologics, as they can produce lupus antibodies, and/or worsen lupus. Has your doctor considered prednisone (I know, not what you want to hear) prior to deciding on a specific biologic? Is your lupus well-controlled? Perhaps if your lupus is under control, it would be a smart move to put you on a biologic. In any case, I wish you the best and keep us posted on how you're doing. Welcome to the arthritis forum.
I'm sorry to hear you're having to deal with so much pain--it shouldn't be that way. In answer to your question about humira and WBC, yes, I believe it can lower your white blood count--I know that it did lower mine which is why my rheumy was so quick to switch me to enbrel. But any of the biologics, and mtx for that matter, will also lower your wbc. They would just have to keep a close eye on you.
RA pain can be intolerable by itself, but with your lupus and MDS I cannot even imagine how awful you feel. I pray that they get your RA under control, at a minimum, soon.
lets chat iwas on Humira for awhile it did not help me I could talk to youabout other treatments i am on