Hi, I was on Enbrel for approx. 2 yrs. I did not take methotrexate as it does not agree with me. It caused severe stomach upset so I just took Enbrel. It was wonderful and I saw immediate results within 3 wks. The 2 yrs. I was on it I had no psoriasis and no pain in my joints. I have also heard people say the same thing about Humira. I had to go off the drug because I turned 65 and had to go on medicare so I was in the medicare gap the first month. The drug at the time I was taking it was $2,000. You did not mention your age so if you are young and not near the medicare age, go for it. I did fine on private ins. I paid about $175 for a 90 day supply. Good luck to you and it did work for me without methotrexate.
I have three types of arthritis: Reiter's Syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriatic arthritis. I started taking Enbrel in Dec 2000 and stopped taking MTX. I should have kept taking MTX because a recent MRI showed significant demineralization of my spine.
Firstly, see if you can get a MRI now as a base-line of your affected joints.
Eight years ago (2004) I had my left MCP joint replaced. Two years ago (2010) a surgeon removed 1/4 inch around my right heel of arthritic "crap." This year I'm planning to have my two TMJ joints replaced.
So ... if you are taking Enbrel AND you notice either old or new joints swelling, get a MRI to compare with your first one. I should have continued with MTX when I started Enbrel (oh well ... )
Meanwhile, keep yourself physically active and maintain a correct posture as much as possible. On the web, go to the Pentagon channel and watch "Fit for Duty." It has lots of helpful exercises you can do.
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