Been off enbrel and mtx for just over a fortnight due to a urinary tract infection. Starting to flare rather badly now - hands, feet and knees. Latter is the worst..both knees inflamed and pretty painful, very much so when getting up off sofa or climbing stairs. I'd only been back on my meds for 3 weeks after a previous viral infection..was off my meds for 3 weeks with that, but only flared a little back then. Strange how I'm worse this time despite being off meds for a shorter period. Finished antibiotic course on thursday, urine sample taken into GP on monday and should have result on friday. Just hope it has cleared so I can start meds again. If it hasn't, and it's taken 2 courses of antibiotics to clear my recurring UTIs in the past, then that's at least another fortnight off meds, which means big trouble lies ahead! To make matters worse, my GP has told me that the type of bug I get (ecoli) has become resistant to trimethorprim, which apparently is the drug of choice for that bug. I'm a bit curious as to how they know my ecoli bug has become resistant to trimethorprim, as to the best of my knowledge I've only been given it once before for a previous UTI. Am wondering if microbiology discovered this when they examined the initial sample of my current UTI in the lab?
Anyway, apologies for the long winded moan, but these recurring UTIs aside from causing problems with my RA, do worry me a bit, especially when I'm told that my nasty little bug-ers are starting to become antibiotic resistant.
Oh, forgot to add.. just to round things off nicely, I can't take anti-inflammatories to help with flares because of a heart condition.. I had a mild heart attack 10 years ago, which, rather ironically, I'm convinced was caused through taking ant-inflammatories long term.