Enbrel.... And loving it...

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/1/2007 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
My name is Lisa and I was diagnosed with arthritis last year. I have arthritis caused by infection of the bowel from ulcerative colitis. It acts like rheumatoid but I believe the Doc called it spondylosis. anyway I am now on Enbrel 50 mg sub q weekly and am feeling great. The only time I hurt bad now is if I cant take the Enbrel for some reason like surgery or antibiotics. I did have a flare a couple of months ago and the Doc was looking at putting me on methotrexate, that medication scares me bad. It seems as if the side effects are as bad as the Disease or worse. Am I just being a little hyper out of fear or is it that scarey. Thanks for any advice...

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 9/2/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lisa,
Welcome!! Not sure about your illness, have read about it here on the forum, but I have RA. I have been taking methotrexate for about 4 months now, and just wanted to reassure you. I sure know what your mean about being scared, I was TERRIFIED to start that drug. However, after posting on this site, so many people logged on to offer their help. Really eased my mind.Please remember that methotrexate is a medicine that has been used for many, many years to treat immune illnesses. Also, they have to list all the side effects, no matter how small the risk, to cover their own backsides. My doctor does regular bloodwork to make sure the medicine isn't affecting me badly, and so far so good. Do you know when you are supposed to start?
Take care,

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/24/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lisa,

On methotrexate and have been for about 5 years now. DX RA/Osteo. Although my doc tried a battery of different combinations of drugs for me, the methotrexate was never dc and I really believe I would not be able to walk now were it not for this drug.
Take 7.5 mg in a.m. and 5 mg. in p.m. once a week. Had taken 7.5 mg in p.m. for about 6 months but doc did not like my labs (white count too elevated) and went back to 5mg p.m. along with the morning dose once a week.

Labs are always very good other than that one little problem. Not suggesting you go to methotrexate. Just giving my experience for your consumption.

Wish you improve. Hope you do not go to something you do not want to be on.

Please, let me know about the enbrel. I am seriously considering trying it as my 'bad days' are occurring more frequently now and at longer periods. Any problems with infection at injection site? Any probelms with other types of infections? Do you use a pin? etc., etc. Anxious to hear from someone who has actually been on either enbrel or humera.

Wish you well.
Thanks for any info.


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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 9/24/2007 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there!
Just wanted to welcome you both to Healing Well!
You'll get tons of support from people who "get it" you know?
All AI disease meds have a laundry list of side effects & "possibilities", etc....
As mentioned above, it's to cover their behinds, lol.
Of course many people do run into some problems, but with consistent labs done, and keepingyour doc appointments...those things will be kept in check.
Discuss your concerns & reservations about the meds to your doc...it's important he/she know your worries too.
Hang in there.
p.s. Mary...I was on both Enbrel (50mg/week) for 2 years and also Humira 40mg every 4 days for 2 years as well. i always injected into the abdomen or "love handle" areas with no problems ever. never had any adverse effect from the shots. {the RA i have is quite severe...so that's why i failed enbrel and humira} but they did help me a tiny bit here and there
best wishes!
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