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Just checking.. I'm getting ready to start enbrel injections and wondering what to expect. I've been on methotrextate for about 20 years, along with Arava for about two years.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Gina
Hi Gina, hope you check back. I'm having good results with Enbrel (knock on wood). My rheumy kept me on MTX but reduced the dose after the Enbrel kicked in. It took a few weeks to start noticing a change, after 2-3 months I feel dramatically different. Alas, I'm stuck with the joint damage that already occurred, but hopefully the Enbrel will prevent more damage from occurring.

I also didn't get any side effects like the MTX. The only bad thing is sometimes I bruise at the injection site. The current needles are really crappy. They are switching over to a new superfine needle. Maybe you will be lucky and start with the new needle, which is supposed to be released this month.

Injecting really isn't so bad once you get the hang of it. Have your doctor show you the first time. I had to watch the video several times before getting the hang of it. I get a better injection when I don't sit there hovering the needle over me, and just jab it in fast and quick. Again, the video gives very clear instructions.

Good luck, I hope your results are good. My sister has RA and her insurance won't let her use Enbrel or any of the new drugs! If you can use it, thank your lucky stars.
I started Enbrel in April and was doing fantastic by July. Then I had surgery at the end of July and I believe the stress of the surgery or the anesthesia caused all the pain to come back. My family doctor says it should be temporary and could last up to 16 weeks. So in the meantime I'm taking MS Contin to help with the pain. (Not that it helps much, but of course I'm on the lowest dosage possible) So hopefully you'll be in the percentage that Enbrel helps. I was ecstatic to be able to do things that I haven't been able to do in years and I had so much energy to boot. I just hope this pain is all temporary. Good luck.