I have been on Enbrel for five weeks now, and I have been seeing amazing results. At the beginning of the medication I had a psoriasis flair up. It was definitely the worst flair up I have ever had, but since then disipated. In week 5 I also discovered a pink rash around the injection site about the size of a quarter. It did not hurt or itch. My doctors reassured me that it was a normal side effect, and if it were to get worse I was to take Benedryl.
It was a little scary the first time I injected myself with the medication. You do not know exactly how the needle will be once you push the button and how long you have to sit there holding it.
I wish someone had provided me with personal information about the medication. For instance, once you push the button you must hold it down for 10-15 seconds or until the window is completely purple. If the medicine is not completely injected you will have an arthritis flair up that week. Make sure you are able to see the window so that you can monitor the medication. The needle does not hurt, but it is a little painful when the medicine is about halfway injected. After the medication is injected the injection site will bleed for a bit. All of this information would have been helpful to know before hand.
Towards the end of the week you will begin to feel the medication wearing off. For me I have more joints pop and stiffness in my knee, foot, and sometimes kneck. The joints in my jaw, kneck, and knees seem to be he most affected by the medication wearing off. When I so much as turn my head, it will pop.
Overall, I have been having a good experience with the Enbrel. For the first time since June I was able to go for a run. I am feeling more and more like my normal self. My energy is high, my swelling is down, and my balance has returned. I am extremely happy with the results.