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.
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