My Diagnosis and Switching to Enbrel

Two years ago, at the age of 21, I first began showing signs of RA. I was officially diagnosed one year later; I was 22 and had just graduated college. I remember watching all of my friends going out, staying out late, dancing… all the things that had seemingly been taken from me, in what seemed like an instant! The official diagnosis came one month before I started graduate school. When questioning whether or not to attend graduate school with a new, life-altering condition, I consulted my rheumatologist who advised me to “go on with graduate school, people live with this every day, you’ll forget you have it” As I sit here now, one year later, I am home. I should be in NY currently, finishing my degree, but the flares became so devastating that I needed to come home to be with my parents.

Getting on with life

I’ve accepted that everyone has some sort of battle, and I don’t ask “why me?” because realistically: why NOT me? Everyone has problems and I’m no exception. I understand that and I’ve made peace with it. But at the same time, I’m frustrated and just want to get on with my life. I’m on MTX, and it has helped tremendously, but not enough. My doctor is in the process of switching me to Enbrel… what are your thoughts? I’m willing to try it.

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  • Richard Faust moderator
    6 months ago

    Hi laurak. Sorry to hear you are having such difficulty getting your RA under control, but glad you are seeking information and are willing to investigate new treatment options. Biologics, like Enbrel, have made a huge difference for many. Thought you might be interested in this article from one of our contributors in which she gives an overview of biologics and the difference they made for her: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/thank-you-biologics/. In addition, in this article one of our contributors writes about a doctor who would not let him settle for continuing to have flares: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/the-good-doctor/. Everyone’s RA is different and treatment decisions are personal between and individual and their medical team. Hope you find something that brings relief. Best, Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

  • Skchristia
    6 months ago

    I tried Enbrel for about 6 months helped some than they put me on xlejanz which worked great but had to stop it after couple of years because of it causing rise in Cholesterol I’m currently on Imuran not helping much I pray that they can find you the right medicine I took methotrexate at first and hated it made me feel awful

  • Nina Winterbottom moderator
    6 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your experiences, @Skchristia! It’s such a journey of try and try again. I really hope you can find one that will do the trick without such a dangerous side effects. Wishing you well. – Nina, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team

  • Nina Winterbottom moderator
    6 months ago

    Hi @laurak! I wanted to share this story with you but specifically the comments: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/stories/enbrel/. You may also find it helpful to search Enbrel on the site. Hopefully others will chime in with their experiences. Thank you for sharing the powerful ways your diagnosis changed your life. Your story reminded me of Monica’s: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/author/mysengupta/. Hopefully being here and reading about others will help with the tough times. – Nina, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team

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