Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. Last night and today have not been good, but I'll muddle through.
razzle...I do not have insurance, so I have applied to the drug companies for patient assistance, since my income is low. I've had good luck with several of my other meds, so I'm optimistic about the Enbrel and Cymbalta. I'm sorry to say your post did not have a link listed for the Cymbalta...don't know what happened. Thanks for trying.
erin & elcamino...your reply concerning the Enbrel is really encouraging. I started Plaquenil and MTX over a year ago for the lupus and they helped a great deal until about three months ago...then the RA again reared its head and all "you-know-what" broke loose...severe joint, back and foot pain, terrible fatigue and all the rest. My rheumy said that I have her totally confused w/signs of lupus, RA, MCTD and who knows what else...my labs keep changing every six weeks...the only constant so far is the lupus (that only showed up in the last year). I do have faith in my doc, she really does try to make me feel better and in that, I feel very thankful.
elcamino...my doc says the Cymbalta is Rx'd for depression and anti-neuropathic pain (joint & muscle), which is why she gave it to me, but considering how I've been feeling lately (mentally, emotionally and physically)...I'm hoping the depression part will help also.
Thanks again for the replies. These boards are a blessing. God Bless all of you. Aggiemom.
Dx: RA, 1985 / High BP, 1990 / SLE, 2005 (first symptoms, 1972) / various kidney problems beginning 1970.
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg/day, Methotrexate 20mg/week, Celebrex 400 mg/day, Metanx tab (vitamins & folic acid), Lasix 20mg/day, Nexium 40/mg day, Enalapril Maleate 40mg/day, Lipitor 20mg/day, Vit. E 800/mg day, asprin 81mg/day, OTC allergy/sinus / Tramadol (w/flares)