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Saw my rheumatologist this morning for my regular, quarterly check-up. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I haven’t been feeling 100%. Through my discussions with her, we’ve made the conclusion that the Enbrel is providing some relief, but that we need to add something else. Many (if not most or all) biologics are used “in conjunction with …” –usually methotrexate.  Since I’m adverse to methotrexate, she has prescribed Arava. I can take a smaller dose than those people who are taking Arava by itself to treat RA since I will continue my Enbrel, so that’s no doubt a good thing. Maybe the side effects won’t be so bad.

If things don’t get better by my next checkup in July, then we’re going to try something besides Enbrel. Not sure what, but something.

I had actually hoped for a steroid taper to help resolve some of the issues I’ve been having. She did offer to inject my left hip because of the bursitis, but honestly, I didn’t have time today. Often when I get a joint injection, I don’t feel like doing anything else for the day, and I just couldn’t deal with that in my schedule. I’ve had the bursitis for 3-4 months and if I still have it in 3 months when I go back, we’ll deal with it then. In the meantime, I’ll deal with it the best I can symptomatically.

I don’t know whether to be happy or sad. I wanted more relief, but I didn’t want any more medication. Oh well.

I hope whatever surprises are in store for you today bring you what you’ve been wishing for.