Hey Nina3 - welcome to HealingWell! I had a lot of the same reservtions about
Enbrel as you did. As long as you keep getting tested, you should be ok. The way my rheumy talked to me about
it was this... Have you ever been on birth control? I said yes, for 7 years?! why? His reply... "Cause it causes cancer." Have you ever smoked? My reply, yes. why? "Cause it causes cancer, as well as increases the risk of cancer combined with b/c pills." Do you drink alcoholic beverages? And by then, I got it. It is scary when you hear LYMPHOMA, SEVERE BLOOD DISORDER... however, it is a precaution that they have to tell you about
. It CAN happen, but it is RARE. Most people get to a point to were the pain is so bad that they weigh their options and through caution into the wind, and it turns out ok. I was one of those people.
My psoriasis used to cover my scalp, hairline torso and back. Now I only have one on my torso, none on my back and one each behind each ear. Up until a month ago, I didn't have any, and I think this winter weather is what has made it somewhat worse. But it is NO WHERE near how bad it was before.
The price is through the roof, do you have good insurance? Or maybe medicaid? Talk to your dermatologist/rheumy about
temovate cream. It is a topical steriod and it helps my outbreaks. But of course it is only available by Rx.
If your pain is tolerable, you may be able to just use a NSAID and be all right. My pain started in my toes, and I took the gamut of NSAIDS, but all it did was keep spreading.
I have 3 kids and I am in the military, as well as work in my children's elementary school. I haven't gotten sick per se... like colds and stuff, but I am prone to UTIs, so when I get those, WHOA NELLY, they come on with a vengence. But that is the only thing I notice, oh yeah, and sinus infections, those get pretty wicked too.
Tanning helps me in the summertime... do you like to tan? I live by the beach, so it's easy for me to spend a lot of time in the sun, plus by nature of my job, I am out in the elements a lot. Or try a tanning booth. I know a lot of people with mild to moderate psoriasis go to tanning beds and it has helped them.
Good luck to you Nina3.. let us know what you decide! - Duck
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis
-Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
-Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant
Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes
Current Meds - Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots