A co-worker and friend has Lupus and RA. Her Rheumotologist put her on enbrel 5 months ago, and she has been so happy with it - The only noticeable side effect has been some spots of numbness on her back. When she told her rheumotologist about it he immediately sent her for a blood test, then an MRI, and said that 1 in 500 people who take Enbrel get MS.
Today, the Physician's Assistant told her that she has Stage II MS. Has anyone else had this happen? What effect does the MS have on the Lupus and vice versa? Any information/experiences would be very helpful. She is devastated by the news and waiting for the Rheumotologist's office to squeeze her in for an appointment this week. Thanks.
I have never heard of "stage II MS". Does the Assistant mean "secondary-progressive MS", perhaps?
Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and MS are all autoimmune diseases. While it surely is possible to have more than one autoimmune disease at a time,
it is also possible to be misdiagnosed -- to have been told that you have one of them, but over time, as the disease progresses, it become more clear that you really have one of the others.
Enbrel is a drug that is properly prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis. Here is a web site that describes it:
and indeed it does state that a possible side effect is the development of MS! I'd certainly encourage your friend to talk with the doctor directly (as opposed to the PA) to understand better how the conclusion was drawn that "...since the Enbrel seemed to be working..." that she developed MS?? (Or am I misunderstanding your statement, above??)
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....