According to recent routine lab tests, and based on the numbers, it shows Humira is working for me. That's good, I guess, but why do I still have so much pain? My rheumy says that it could be fibromyalgia & accd'g to a past pain specialist, it wasn't clear on whether or not I had it. Do have other health issues; Type 2 Diabetes & osteoarthritis among a few others. It seems that I'm not well long enough to start a routine exercise program or to ward off other illnesses (work with spec. ed ele. children - petrie dishes).
Have already tried Enbrel and dr switched me to Humira. Worked great at first, but is it possible to develop a tolerance to this script?
I don't know if a pediatrist should be seen for my foot pain. I've mentioned a couple of times to the rheum dr that my feet hurt all the time. She didn't say much other than, you have bones in your feet (duh). The feet hurt on the ball & on top where the joints are. Two toes, ones next to the big toe, are red & swollen. The nails have taken on a paleness that the others don't have. Is it time to see a foot dr?
Additionally, I've osteoarthritis in both hands. The finger joints & on ea knuckle of the pointer finger are always swollen & painful. I've noticed that on each finger's nailbed is slightly purple. Is this a cause for concern?
I had a good experience with the med, Arava (brand name), but it dramatically increased my triglycerides & cholesterol. My RA dr took me off of it only because of the rapid rise in numbers. I do know that if you are planning on having children, you shouldn't be on it, but I don't know the 1/2 life of the medication. It's definitely something to discuss with your rheumatologist. Good luck to you...View Thread
What numbers is one to be concerned with when labs are performed? I've not got a great handle on most lab results and wondered what are typical numbers for one who has RA? What blood levels are considered to be moderate RA as opposed to severe RA?
Also, I wondered how others handle joint pain in the fingers and knuckles. My hands & knuckles hurt & are inflamed all the time.
Does the lack of estrogen affect cholesterol and joint damage in RA? I'm 52 and have supposedly been post-menopausal for 1-1/2 yrs. Looking for a new OB because it'll be 2 months before I can get in to see him to ask questions & to discuss symptoms, etc...
I work with elementary special ed children in kindergarten and first grade. They're incubators of germs to begin with, but in addition to the flu vaccine, I wondered if getting a Whooping Cough vaccine. Or, would this compromise the system even more than it is now?
Enjoy the full moon this eve & tomorrow (9/29). BTW, if you're in education, you'd understand the effects of the full moon on children!
Thank you for researching if Enbrel affects cholesterol and triglycerides. Since the last post, the blood cholesterol is still running 400, but the trigylcerides more than doubled to 1260. On July 5th, I had carpal tunnel surgery. I was off all medication for RA 1 week before and 1 week after. July 12th was the first injection followed by 7/19. On 7/20 I had a blood draw, which of course, was alarming.
Since this time, I've had dr visits to my internist and RA dr. Both are in the same medical group and have access to labs. Prescription changes have been made and will have another blood draw at the end of the month.
Perhaps Enbrel is the culprit even though statistics state otherwise. Possibly, I am the square peg fitting in a round hole. If it is the Enbrel, do I contact FDA about this?
I recently had a blood test to check my blood cholesterol & triglycerides.The result was horrifying; cholesterol over 400 & triglycerides over 500. A few reasons contribute to this elevation with one being susceptible elevated #'s(familial), eat carbs due to gastrointestinal disorders and slightly overweight (really). However, I began to wonder if the drug Enbrel & Arava have contributed to the elevations. My RA dr. said Arava has been found to increase cholesterol whereas Enbrel has not. I also asked a pharmacist friend the same question. Her response was the same, but added it's not impossible for the Enbrel to affect this. Researched the question myself online and found that Enbrel has caused blood elevations in 0.21% in women. Quite a low percentage, but nonetheless someone has reported it. Was wondering if anyone else in the RA community has had something like this happen and is it truly possible for this side affect to present itself?View Thread