I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and had some low pain days. Mr. CrankyPants and I have had a great holiday. We had no obligations to be anywhere which is nice. We just cooked ourselves a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and have been eating it since. Yummy.
As far as my Enbrel endeavors, I’ve done two injections now and I do my third tomorrow (Friday).
The first one went well with no complications. It really didn’t hurt just felt it a bit. I did get a bit of a metallic taste in my mouth after but that was no big deal. I haven’t gotten sick from it like the other meds.
The second shot was pretty much the same until today. Six days later..
I noticed a bit of a red rash this morning on my leg near where I did the last injection. I didn’t think a whole lot of it. I thought it might have been my coffee cup sitting on my leg earlier. So I forgot about it and went on with my day.
Tonight changing into my p.j’s I was reminded of it. In fact I couldn’t miss it. It got a lot bigger, a very red raised rash. A massive welt.
Now I was told I could get some reaction after the fact with this med, but I guess I wasn’t thinking 6 days after the fact, and when they said I could get a little redness, itching and irritation around the injection sight; I wasn’t thinking it would be grapefruit sized.
So if it’s no different tomorrow, I’ll just touch base with my biologic nurse and ask her if it’s normal. It’s not itchy just tender like a bruise. My hope is that it will settle down on it’s own.
I wonder if tomorrow’s injection will bring with it another welt at some point. How pretty. lol
I do have to say I’ve noticed that I’m feeling less pain in my wrists. Given the nature of lupus/RA it could be that the pain has just moved somewhere else for a time, but it could be that the Enbrel is making a difference. It gives me a bit of hope. I know it seems like a small thing, but I was able to open a sealed pop bottle. I couldn’t even open an unsealed one prior to Enbrel.
As far as the crohns/colitis symptoms, they’re not a whole lot different. The pain varies sometimes better sometimes worse but with a bit more better then worse over Christmas thankfully. I’m still living on Imodium to control it. I’m sure it’s not helping eating turkey dinners, but I’m not ready to give that up yet. I love them so.
Happy New Year everyone! Wouldn’t it be great if the New Year brought with it a cure?! We can hope right?!
Twinkling Stars & Sunshine,