Well, I've been taking Enbrel now for 8 weeks, and I feel like I have my life back. I've needed no other pain treatments, and even my energy levels are very much improved. The side effects have been minimal such as a sore spot at the injection site, and a bit of fatigue for a day or so after the weekly injection. It is so lovely to get out of bed and be able to stand right up and walk with a minimum of hobbling! My hand looks normal now. The swelling is almost all gone in multiple areas. I am hopeful that it will continue to work for me and want to post this for others who may be reluctant to try a biologic. I am very grateful and feel as though I am about 90 percent back to normal for the first time in a year.
This week is a little more challenging as I have had a resurgence of some swelling and pain, but I am fighting a cold so I think that my body is just being hit by multiple things and something just had to give.
I also have some rougher days after more extreme physical exertions such as boy scout camp with my son, but after a few days, I'm okay again.
I love Enbrel!