Thanks everyone. Erin, what is blood dyscrasias? It sounds perfectly evil :) I got a lot of bruising and those ugly red spots (petechiae) when i was taking humira, but I don't actually know what my blood counts were. No, the infections I have had have all been relatively minor infections. But there have have been so many of them, and my rheumatologist told me he wants to see a definite benefit before leaving me on the enbrel. I've only been taking it for 3 months now, but I was on humira for 3 months too. Rheumy says I should have felt much more benefit after the combination of those two drugs.
Honestly, I don't care what drug(s) I take as long as they help. If enbrel isn't doing it's thing soon, I may be ready to give up on it. My lack of response to all of these drugs may be slightly genetic (according to rheumy). My mother didn't respond to a lot of drugs, and other drugs affected her blood counts. They only had remicade back then, so she never did try any of the tnf-inhibitors, but I think she tried just about everything else. the only thing that really helped her without lowering her blood counts was prednisone. So that evil drug became the mainstay of treatment for her.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: Early Lupus/MCTD; Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan