Hello. I’m very worried about the future.
Hello, I hope you are keeping as safe and well as you can.
This is my first post on the community.
I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis in 2014. It became very debilitating quite quickly and unfortunately neither methotrexate or sulfasalazine helped. In fact the Sfz made things worse. I was taken off both of these and put on to an weekly biological injection, Enbrel.
Within the space of a few weeks Enbrel changed my life. It gave me mobility and reduced my pain considerably. I have now been on the injections for 8 years.
Unfortunately, just last week, I was diagnosed with stage 3 locally advanced prostate cancer. This was a real shock as investigations were being made for other health conditions and an MRI showed shadows on my prostate, which triggered a biopsy and then a cancer diagnosis.
As soon as I received the diagnosis my rheumatology team informed me that they would be stopping my Enbrel injection as it cannot be taken if there is any cancer in the body. Another shock for me.
I have been off my Enbrel now for nearly 4 weeks and already I can feel the arthritic activity increasing across my whole body. My joints are burning, hands, wrists, elbows, hips, knees and feet. I have trouble in my back but I think this is more osteo. than psoriatic. I had a full body bone scan yesterday to see if the cancer has spread (the first place prostate cancer spreads to is usually the bones) so that will be interesting from an arthritic as well as a cancer perspective.
My rheumatology team have said that as soon as I get the all clear from cancer they can put me back on the biological injection but I don’t know when this will be, could be 6 months or longer.
My worry is how am I going to cope with the effects of the PsA increasing again at the same time as going through cancer treatment.
I just wondered has anybody had to go through the same thing? Did you have to come off your biological and if so how did you find it?
Any info would be most welcome. Thank you for your time.
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