Hi everyone. I've been gone for a while now--did you miss me? I was doing pretty well for a while, but after I completed the tb meds, I agreed to go back on enbrel in addition to mtx. I've been doing that for about 5-6 weeks now. And I feel like I'm starting to flare again. Before when I went on both enbrel and mtx, it took care of my pain immediately. It's not doing that this time. Perhaps it just takes a while for enbrel to get in your system--I know it took 5-6 months the first time. I guess, though, that if I feel like this when on 15 mg of mtx/week and 50 mg/enbrel, what would I feel like without anything?
Lots of changes in my life recently. My twin daughters started kindergarten this fall, so they're in school full-time and my hubby is working almost full-time (he's been a stay-at-home dad for the last 5 years). I've also decided on a major career change. I'm currently a research psychologist with the federal government. I've recently applied as a commissioned officer for the Public Health Services Corps, and related to that position, I've been applying for federal positions in the public health field on a continual basis. So, I guess with all of this stuff happening, I'm a bit stressed too--which might explain the flare.
One question I have for you guys. I've noticed that when I walk, or do even light aerobic activity/dance, my joints are in such agony that I can't even take stairs easily. Exercise is supposed to be good for RA, but in my case it's been making me feel a lot worse than normal. Although I'm trying to work through it and see if it will ease up a bit over time. Have any of ever experienced this? Recall that exercise is supposed to have the opposite effect on RA (and it used to with me) by decreasing inflammation and strengthening joint mobility, etc...
Looking forward to catching up with everyone. Hope all is well.
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