Hey Erin. Thank you so much for your so informative reply. I thought enbrel could do that, but wasn't sure. I know prednisone can because my mother took prednisone for so many years. Rheumy told me to skip my enbrel injection this week, and yes, he did put me on a 14-day round of antibiotics. But the antibiotic he prescribed is for a sinus infection (that's what he said anyway). Not so sure I have a sinus infection, especially since I've had this fever thing before without sinus symptoms. My temps still been up between 100 and 101 today. I start feeling really hot, similar to a hot flash but not quite the same thing. I get the chills too, which tells me my temp is spiking, yes?
I had a negative PPD test, so no tb. Although, interestingly, when I had the high resolution ct scan on my chest, I had scarring in my lung apices that is typical of an old tb infection. To my knowledge, I've never had tb, but pulmonologist kept asking me if I had a PPD test? My WBC count has been within the normal range. Primary did bloodwork a month ago that was normal, and my rheumy did bloodwork last week. He didn't call me, so I assume it was normal as well. Your reminder of "rare & fatal blood infections have occurred blah blah blah..." really scares me because I cannot find a primary that will take these biologics seriously. I flat out asked my primary if I should take my enbrel with a low grade fever and sinus infection, and she said sure thing. I know if I would have asked my rheumy he would have said absolutely not.
Thanks Erin, and you take care too.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan