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Posted by Sandra Gee on September 29, 2000 at 02:05:59:

In Reply to: Re: Using Enbrel in early stages, any experiences? posted by Jessie Wong on April 21, 2000 at 22:07:47:

I have rheumatoid arthritis that was diagnosed about 8 months ago and was put on enbrel about 6 months ago.

It used to be that rheumatologists would reserve "big guns" treatment after failures on other medications that treated the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. However, now it seems that damage to the joints in rheumatoid arthritis occur in the first few years of the disease--thus, the mindset is to treat aggressively so as to decrease the amount of joint deformities and resultant joint pain. Theoretically, this would lower the work disabilities associated with rheumatoid arthrits.

As to my personal experience with the enbrel: Before enbrel, I was having severe pain in both of my feet to the point that I could not walk very far and could not wear most of my shoes. I was having difficulty writing and picking up things. After the first injection of enbrel, I woke up with no morning stiffness and remarkably decreased joint pain.

: Yeah, I've been seeing a lot of articles on Alzheimer's and Social Security
: on caregiverzone, but I don't remember hearing any news on arthritis
: treatments over the last few weeks. The new decision must be VERY new. :) I
: thought that enbrel was a very expensive option when other treatments
: weren't working. When you looked at this article, did you see anything
: about price -- I tried to find it online myself, but I'm not a subscriber.
: :(
: Jessie


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