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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 289
   Posted 2/6/2007 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Had to start a medrol dose pack.  Couldn't take it anymore.  Hoping this will tide me over until I can start the enbrel.  I guess I kinda figured once I got the okay that it would be at the pharmacy in the next day or two but it isn't.  So, must be more insurance work than I thought.  I keep wondering if I just have a low pain tolerance or something.  Felt like a whimp calling the docs office for steroids.  Oh well, at least I should feel better in a day or two.
dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Duration: 10yrs. Dx'ed 2006.  Asthma, hypertension, hypothyroid
Meds: Methotrexate 20mg wkly, Prednisone 20mg decreasing,  Advair 250/50, Diovan HCT 160mg/25mg QD, Synthroid .1mg QD, Women's One a Day, tylenol PRN.

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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 3148
   Posted 2/6/2007 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
hi Theresa,
boy is this a terrible time huh?  well just know that we are all here for you...yeah it's just a computer & sounds cheesy...but weirdly enough, it is a little bit of a serrogate family.
the link we all have in common is what binds.
so what...that's okay to have called for steroids. who cares! you did what was needed to be done, and don't let anyone make you feel like a whimp or make you feel like you should just "suck it up".   i know how you feel,just as the majority of peeps here do as well.
it's a very scary period when things are not how we expected them to be.  when disease takes a little turn for the worst? the mental aspect is sometimes more unbearable than the physical.
i remember when i started to get worse again, the fear was torture.
the hardest thing i had to learn to do was to NOT dwell on tomorrow & the future, it'll drive you crazy.
so i prepared for every scenario...for better or worse.
there's nothing i can say or do to make how you're feeling any better....but do take comfort in knowing that many are in the same exact spot as you are right now.  if anything, it helps knowing we are not alone.
you never know what tomorrow will bring...don't lose optimism.
hang in there.  
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; Arthrotec; 6MP; Mesalamine 4Grams; Prednisone; Entocort; Meclizine; Augmentin; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Restaril; Dilaudid. 

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 2/8/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Theresa, I was cleared to start Enbrel by my insurance last Tuesday and they called to say that I would receive it tomorrow. Yours should be in soon and I know the wait is difficult. My concern is that I am putting a ton of hope on the Enbrel and really need it to ease these flares.

Take care.
Cheyenne,  WY
Meds: Enbrel/ MTX/ FA/ Klonopin/ Flexeril/ Lyrica/ Hydrocodone
RA Dx Sept05/ FMS Dx Jul05/ OA Dx Apr00
"Fear not for I am with thee"

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