Friday, 1 August 2014

Infection, Infection, Infection

Well this hasn't been a good few weeks for me, I have ended up getting one infection after another. With being on an autoimmune suppressor this is only to be expected, from time to time. However when you go from one to another, it does become a little vexing to say the least.

It started with a cut on my chin, buried under my beard becoming infected. This would normally be a small thing just a little swelling and not the nightmare it turned into. In a relatively short space of time the affected area went from a small swelling to it ballooning and me looking like an over ambitious Hamster and needing to be on heavy duty antibiotics. So I had to stop taking my Enbrel until the infection had cleared up and the wound had fully healed.

Unfortunately before this had finished healing, I managed to cut cut my self quite badly, which also ended up infected, thankfully it didn't end up as extreme as the first. So again needing to wait for it to heal before restarting my Enbrel.

Now to add insult to injury I have got a very painful stye in my left eye, I haven't had one of these since I was a child. Yet again time added to my wait, oh the joys....

It has been close on a month since I have last took my last dose of Enbrel and the symptoms of AS are creeping back in. The stiffness in my joints when I wake, or sit in the same position for too long. The random aches and pains. Even the random bouts of fatigue, these are the worst, feeling so drained, lethargic, listless, devoid of all energy. I'll take all of the other symptoms of AS over this one, I find it the hardest to cope with.

I am looking forward to being back on Enbrel as it helps me so much and pushes the symptoms of AS into the background, which greatly improves my day to day life. Having all of this happen to me has not put me off of taking it, I accept that being on an autoimmune suppressor can lead to things like this happening, and I hope it's a long time before I have to take this long a break from it. As I had almost forgotten how much AS can hamper me, when left unchecked.


  1. Personally, I keep as much distance as possible from autoimmune suppressors. I don’t like interfering with my body natural defenses. Thanks for sharing your experiences. However, you can learn a number of techniques on how to detect and handle infections here:


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