I've been on Enbrel for the past 6 months (and MTX for the past 3 years) for moderate RA. I'm doing better, but in April, I started having problems with really bad pain in my right shoulder, and my physiotherapist suspects that I'm having problems with a tendon in my rotator cuff. I'll be checking in with my Rheumatologist, but has anyone else run into a similar issue that was linked to their RA or being on Enbrel? There's no injury that occurred to explain what's happening.
I have RA and am on MTX. I am a therapeutic masseur. Periodically I have had very sore rotator cuff muscles in both shoulders. My rheumatologist doesn't think it is RA and my C-Reactive protein (CRP) results suggest it isn't as well. My range of motion in both shoulders is very good. I found stretching and rotating my arms around 3-4 times a day made a big difference. Deep tissue massage was also very beneficial. good luck.
Yes I too had a rotator cuff problem as well as very bad muscle pain in my arms which gradually got worse. Rheumi doc doesn't agree it is the enbrel, but I m not on anything else... He took me off to see if the side effects would go away... (two weeks now but no change), but I am starting into a flare up already! So not sure what do to. He said he may have to adjust my meds again! It sucks... you take one thing and another problem pops up. I have psoriatic arthritis. Hope things get better for you!
Yes, I had the same thing happen. I would ask your rheumatologist to send you for an MRI to see if it is a rotator cuff tendon or the RA in the joint.
Mine was a complete tear of the rotator cuff tendon. It needs surgery to repair it but my RA is so active they have postponed the shoulder surgery. They think the tear may have stemmed from using prednisone. Prednisone can cause tears like this. Mine did not have any signs of arthritis.
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