Hello everyone. I am new here to this support community, and am looking forward to learning as much as possible about my new diagnosis, and also contributing what I can to help others.
I was diagnosed with fairly severe RA in December of 2017. After a few weeks of increasing pain, I was at the point where my knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, shoulders, fingers, and even my toes and jaw were sore and swelling. Symptoms got slightly better throughout the day, but were downright unbearable in the morning after lying still. I wasn't sleeping, couldn't open jars/cans etc, and struggled to complete many daily functions. I was completely incapable of physical activity or working out of any kind.
Methotrexate did absolutely nothing for me after a number of weeks of increasing dosage. The oral steroid prednisone gave me a certain amount of relief for a bit. I am currently on my 2nd week of the biologic injection Enbrel. I noticed an improvement almost immediately the first week, but it faded by the next week. I am 3 days into the 2nd week and feel ok. IT's definitely the most effective medication I have taken, and my symptoms are noticeably better.
However, I am still experiencing swelling and pain in my knees, a few of my knuckles, and shoulders. I know the medication sometimes takes many weeks to take full effect, so I still have hope that symptoms will continue to improve.
My general questions are for anyone else that has taken Enbrel
1.) How long did it take for the medication to fully impact your symptoms?
2.) Treatment: Even with the medication, what are the most effective ways to reduce swelling? I feel like the medication is helping new symptoms from developing, but I feel like if I was able to reduce the swelling and soreness in my knuckles and knees it would really help.
3.) my primary concern is regaining full range of motion in my knees. I have disc injury in my lower back as well, and have daily stretches and exercises that maintain my lower back and core health. Doing these exercises has been impossible on the other medications, but still challenging and painful currently on Enbrel.