Did you get any answers from your doctor?
I get similar "answers" from my doctor, truly I don't think they know--no one really seems to have all the answers for these diseases since there isn't a cure and the immune system is very complex.
I have had 3 sinus infections, 2 ear infections, several colds and stomach flu twice since November and each time I am on an antibiotic, I am told to stop the Enbrel. At first, my doctor would let me start the Enbrel again about halfway through the course of my antibiotics. Then it moved to about 3/4 of the way through and then when I got sick again, he had me wait until I was completely through with the antibiotics. Some of my RA symptoms came back, but taking large quantities of ibuprofen and going to bed earlier seemed to handle it. I would be well for about 3-4 days and then I would come down with something else... Anyway, I have now only had 2 doses of Enbrel (50mg each time) in 8 weeks (and probably only about 4 doses since November) and I have had a bad flare in my knees, the worst pain and swelling since my RA started 2 years ago. I informed my rheumy that I am going to my ENT doctor soon to see if there are any structural changes or reasons why I keep getting ear/sinus infections...my rheumy agreed this was a good idea and if there are no structural problems, my rheumy will consider that the illnesses are medecine-related and suppressing my immune system too much (even though my blood work says my white counts are fine). I don't know what we will do at that point. My GP is sort of at a loss as well. I also take Methotrexate (15mg/week) and it seems since I've been off Enbrel more than on it this winter, that maybe that is a problem too? I thought being sick was worse than the RA until I got this flare...I decided to take my Enbrel again even though I still have 3 more days of antibiotics...we'll see. I guess it just continues to be a bit of a guessing game and I think you do have to take some responsibility for persevering with your doctors for answers and being the one in charge of your health. I am not happy with that answer either, but that is as much as I have figured out so far. Maybe someone with more experience can help out here. I am not a very patient person, but I am trying to learn to be.
Good luck. :wave: