In my last blog I spoke about how I had to take a break from taking Enbrel due to a spate of infections, which were far from pleasant. These have cleared up, thank goodness, and I am once again taking Enbrel to alleviate the symptoms of AS. Many of which did come back to the fore during my extended break from my weekly injections. These were less pleasant than the infections that had caused me to stop taking this immunotherapy. All in all my break lasted for over a month, as I also managed to give myself deep cuts in a couple of stupid accidents and I did not want to add to the infection risk, so put off going back to Enbrel till these had healed.
Restarting Enbrel has lead to me getting some of the initial side effects that I had when I first started taking it, the worst one for me is the blinding headaches. These hit later on in the day, or the day after I have taken my weekly dose and they are bad to endure, but not as bad as the symptoms of AS. These I know, from previous experience of them, will occur for the first few doses and each time they will last for a shorter period of time, before passing totally. I was not unprepared for this to happen, I knew that having this long a break from Enbrel would mean that it would be like me starting it for the first time, as it would have totally left my system.
I am looking forward to it building up in my system and suppressing the symptoms of AS, which will take a bit of time, but good things come to those who wait, they say. The only bit I'm still not a fan of is injecting myself, I don't think I'll ever get fully used to that. At least the injector pens make it a quick and easy process to do, click the button count to ten and job done. So I am back on the Enbrel waggon and may it quickly take me back to being symptom free, the only one it hasn't helped me with is light sensitivity. However my light sensitivity is caused by more than AS, so I guess that is to be expected and on the plus side it gives me a great excuse to collect sunglasses.