I have RA and stopped taking Enbrel back in April due to surgery. Since then I have had an infection in the wound area and further surgery, so I have only had two doses of Enbrel in all that time. I also stopped taking Methotrexate about a month ago has I had a chest infection. I am really surprised how well and relatively, but not completely, pain free I am for the first time in almost 30 years. My last operation was 3 weeks ago and I don't know if I should stay off the meds for as long as I am able or to start them again. I am only taking 2.5mg of Prednisilone at the moment for Vasculitis. In the past, if I have had to stop meds for a couple of weeks for some reason or another I have been in pain and can't wait to go back on them again. I am very aware of the complications of RA, but don't want to take extremely potent and very expensive drugs if there is another way...
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