So long story short, I've been on Enbrel for about 5 1/2 years with superb success. It gave me my life back, brought my blood markers to normal and brought down my pain from 8/10 to about 2/10 on most days. To the point where I almost "forgot" I had AS.
Last week (Tuesday) I walked about 5 kilometers at a pretty fast pace. It was the first form of exercise I did for years... I felt exhausted when I arrived home and I was feeling stiff and achy for about 3-4 days after that. The following Friday I spent the day up at work and barely sat at all and had a pretty big episode of back pain that night. Then it started to get a bit better, but it never went back exactly to the level of comfort I had before my walk.
This week back pain is at about 5/10, sometimes less. But I feel an annoying discomfort most of the time, and some small symptoms like leg pain or feet pain that had gone away for years are kinda creeping back. Not to a great extent but I feel a difference in my body. I can still do everything normally and my range of motion is not affected, but I feel achy since I exercised.
I'm kind of panicking and thinking Enbrel is starting to fail me and stop working. I've been very depressed to be in some pain again, even if it's nowhere near as bad as before treatment. But I'm stressed and scared.
Anybody experience a flare period in the spring or after exercising a bit too hard? Am I panicking for no reason?
Thanks for your support, I really do need it. I don't want to go back to the way I was before.