Well hi guys.
Just had my latest consultants letter post my mid March appointment.
It says that I have had an excellent response to Enbrel and to continue with my current dosage and meds.
My DAS28 has come down from over 7 to 5.9 and now is 2.8 my CRP is 3 down from 13. My ALT has returned to normal after lots of raised results with all the drug experiments. ( very pleased about that) So with these indications he says I could be in remission.
The bally trouble is I don't FEEL like I am even close to remission. The weakness and pain in my wrists and fingers is ongoing and I'm itching all over so much especially my arms ( possibly the Hydroxychloroquine maybe?) so that I am popping Benadryl or Piriton every day.
The antihistamines make me feel like I'm floating in fog. Plus You know when just everything hurts?
I've had an emergency Rheumy appointment with the nurse because of the itch and she said that the consultant would like me to grin and bear it because of the excellence of my response to everything else.
So grinning and bearing it I am. Seems with this horrid disease there is a lot of grinning and bearing it!
My consultant in the letter to my GP recommended he prescribe me an anti inflammatory to help with my flare ups. So do you guys have any experiences to share with what suits you? I'm not an Ibruprofen fan and though I get on well with Diclofenac I'm not sure they prescribe it much these days due long term side effects.
Essentially good news however despite ongoing aches and pains and am sending out all positive thoughts for good news and progress for all.