I've now been on Enbrel for a month. I've done 4 injections - the first 3 without any sort of reaction. The needle is tiny and really doesn't even hurt when I do the injections. The 4th injection, however, was a different story. I not only had a crazy injection site reaction, but also got a terrible head cold.
I don't really blame the Enbrel for the head cold, I more blame the 300 disease filled teenagers that I come into contact with every day. Several of my cheerleaders were sent home sick with the flu last week and I was basically starting a count-down to when I would get it. I somehow avoided it, but got this dumb cold. I'm going on day 10 of the cold, and even had to skip my injection last week because of the cold. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can do the injection soon because my jaw is in a total freak-out right now!!!!
Anyway, the Enbrel site reaction is bad news. Right after I did the injection, I had no reaction. It wasn't until 36 hours later that I noticed a large red raised patch at the injection site. It was hot and about 3" across. My little sister is an Occupational Therapist at a hospital, so she sees weird things all the time. I showed her, thinking she would be all "nah, that's no big deal," Instead, she suggested I see a doctor. Yikes.
|Day 2 - Post Enbrel Injection|
|Day 2 Enbrel Site Reaction|
The next day I checked on it again. The bruise was getting worse, but it wasn't NEARLY as hot as it was before! Now it was just sore and really bruised. I had to warn my dance class that I was, once again, crippled. We do Yoga on Mondays, so my yoga poses were a little strange since my bruise was on the top of the my thigh.
|Day 3 Enbrel Site Reaction|
|Day 4 of Enbrel Site Reaction|
|Day 12 Enbrel Site Reaction|