Wanting to try Anakinra (Kineret) but not sure

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Has anyone ever taken Anakinra (Kineret) for ankylosing spondylitis if so did it help and did you have any side effects . I am thinking about taking it but not sure

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    Hey.

    I've been taking Anakinra (kineret) for over a year for a different decease; IRP. So don't know if my answer will help you a lot, but I'll share anyway.

    I've had some really mild side effects such as dry skin in my face/hairline, as well as an untreatable footwart (dermathologist says it's probybly due to Kineret). Totally worth it as it has worked better than any other medication I've tried (been sick for 10 years+). Also, I've had some pain/irritation/itches at some injection points (my right leg), but it gets better if preparing with a cream (ask your doctor), and by avoiding such places. Like, my left leg is totally fine.

    If you have just a tad of body fat, injecting yourself every day should be no problem. You can inject in your stomach if you have a little bit of stomach fat. However, I am a relatively thin person, and finding a surface which is muscle-free is difficult. Both my legs and my stomach expose basically only muscle. So at times, injecting is very painful. Especially as your'e not supposed to reuse a spot: if you find a good one, can't reuse it for a couple of days. I never inject in the stomach anymore, it's almost impossible for me. Pain will go away about 30 seconds after injecting though, if any pain at all. Injection pain varies from just a tad from the needle, to strong pain during the entire injection. But never unbearable.

    Most of the time, my significant other does the injections in the back of any of my arms. This is totally the best place, impossible to do on your own though.

    However, the packaging states some possible not-to-mild side-effects like serious skin rash or violent diharriea. Just sharing my experience. It's a very expensive medication, you have to be well insured.

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    Hi debra, I ve never heard of this drug, is it an anti-tnf. Im so sick now of asking my rheumatologist for some hepl with the pain, filled in numerous pain score charts to no avail, think maybe its my hospital that wont pay for expensive drugs. I have had AS now since I was 26, Im now 55 and the pains in my neck and arms is really getting me down, along with the lack of sleep and feeling useless. The only time I feel good is on holiday with some sun on my bones, when I win the lottery Im off to Spain. haha
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      Its not tnf drug but it is a bologic . Unfortunately my doctor called and informed me that it would not help my kind of bone disease. The doctor said I would have to choose humeria or enbrel. Not to happy because of all the side effects. I have decided to go with enbrel. Really nervous about taking it.
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