AoHELL just ate my entry... so, here we go AGAIN!
Since my hands are sore, I am now going to just type the short version...
Today, I started to inject ENBREL again for my Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. I had tried it a few years back, and didn't have any luck after about 4-5 months.
I did have luck with Remicade, which works the same way (blocking the same pathway of inflammation), but the concentration of active medicine was stronger in that, but I developed an allergy to it.
The allergy problem is common with Remicade, as it is made from a mouse protein. Enbrel is made from a synthetic human protein, and therefore has much less sensitivity/allergy type problems.
My rheumatologist wants to get me back onto a drug that will prevent joint damage. She is hoping that since this time I am on Methotrexate and Plaquenil, that may give me more success. If not, we will try to get my insurance company to approve doubling the Enbrel to twice a week. I do know of two people whose insurance have approved this. We will see.
So, today I did my first injection, in my stomach. The skin there is less sensitive than that on your thigh. Wish me luck.
Also, wish Dan luck. He is trying to get his insurance company to approve the Enbrel for him. This following them stopping payment on the Remicade that was working on his psoriasis/arthritis great. Damn insurance companies. The things they do to us in the name of the almighty dollar, and wreck our health and add pain to our daily lives.
This has been an emotional week. Coping with the loss of Kim was difficult. This has been a very difficult year, in many ways for me as you know, and I have been revisiting it all in my head. I kind of nostalgic look back at the 'year that was', I guess.
However, I am trying to keep a hopeful eye on 2008. I am hopeful that the future will be so bright I 'gotta wear shades'!!!
::: fingers crossed :::