So afraid my Dr prescribed Enbrel

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I am a vocal coach, and around about 30 students a week. I have developed Spondolyitis in my hips and my Dr prescriped Enbrel after a 2 month period of taking large amounts of Aleve and cortisone shots in hips and sacroiliac joint. I am terrified of the side affects. I teach voice all day and that is my income. I am afraid of getting sick and losing work but the pain from the arthritis can on some days be very depressing. Feel between a rock and a hard place. Can anyone advise? I would be very grateful!!!


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    So many of us are dealing with these ailments that our grandmothers had and I don't know about you but I wasn't expecting to have to deal with this while I'm still working. Or ever I suppose.

    Enbrel is a pretty powerful drug. I've been on it over a year and I feel really fortunate to have it. I'm capable again to do things that were slipping away from me.

    Give it a try Tinabird. It should show improvement in a relatively short period of time.

    Good luck with your students!


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    Thank you so much EM! This really came at the right time. I appreciate your sharing with me! I will give it a try. Baby steps.
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    I just recently switched from Enbrel to  Simponi.  My rheumy wants me to try  it only because Enbrel wasn't' taking care of the swelling that I have.  When first diagnosed I had horrible pain and I believe the prednisone dealt with that.  I have no more fatigue or pain.  I really don't believe I had any side effects from the Enbrel.  Everyone is different but I sure would give it a try!

    Best of luck to you!

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      Thank you, it was helpful to hear your thoughts. I feel so lucky I found this group. It is frightening making these decisions with your life and not knowing what to expect. My own Mother had RA and ended up in a wheel chair, something that my DR says today would probably not happen. 

      I wish you all the best with continued pain free life!!

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      I don't know how I came across this site but it has been so helpful!  I have multiple issues and I can go to several forums that deal with them!  There's nothing worse than being in the dark concerning your health.  I sure hope the Enbrel works for you.  I was using the auto-injector once a week and I feel that's the route to go.  It is very easy but it will sting!  It is costly so I hope you have good insurance.  It's worth it if it works for you.

      Keep us updated.  When are you going to start?

      Good luck!

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