Finally started Humira today

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starrnr
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   Posted 1/17/2008 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all -- I'm sorry I've been away so long, but to be honest, I have been in a bad way since my reaction and no meds. After waiting 2 months for the adjunct pharmacy to my insurance to pull their proverbial heads out of their *** (you know what I'm talking about), they finally got everything settled last week. I wish they would understand the unnecessary suffering they put people through by constantly making a mess of things.

So, I took my injection at my doctor's office this morning - they wanted to make sure I did not have a reaction. I'm doing the pre-filled syringe rather than the ejecter pen thingy. So far so good. I'm tired (which I always get after taking the biologic), but ok. I'm not a fan of taking this stuff in the morning precisely because I get more tired, but at least I finally got to take it!

My rheumy and I talked about how effective the Humira may or may not be and he asked that I give it a good month before deciding whether to up the frequency of the Humira (from every 2 weeks to once a week), adding more MTX or calling it day. I have to hope this is going to work.

Strange thing I noticed, since I theoretically have been without medicine (other than MTX) since October. I knew the Remicade worked really well for me. In the past month or so, I didn't realize just how much though. I have been in so much pain with so little relief - I truly had forgotten just how bad my RA & AS really is. I'm hoping the Humira helps me forget! Keep your fingers crossed for me...

Hope everyone is doing as well as they can.

~S.
Some days you're the bug, some days you're the windshield

RA, AS, intolerance/sensitivity to gluten, wheat and dairy.

Started Humira 1/17/08, also currently taking .7ml (17.5 mgs) injectible Methotrexate weekly, 2 mgs Folic Acid daily


Ducky
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   Posted 1/17/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there ~S! Sooo good to hear from you and to hear that you started Humira! I COMPLETELY understand what you are talking about with the pharmacies and insurance companies.. is just ridiculous! So, far so good, huh? Keep us posted, you know we are pulling for ya!
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   Posted 1/17/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Crossing my fingers that you get the relief you SO deserve....
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   Posted 1/18/2008 3:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I hope you do get relief with the humira.
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starrnr
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   Posted 1/18/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the finger crossing! I really wish I would've woken up this morning "all better." Dumb, eh? LOL

At least I didn't have any type of reaction...that's a good start. I just hope I don't have to wait a month to start feeling relief. Ah the joys of it all.

Enjoy your Friday...



~S.
Some days you're the bug, some days you're the windshield

RA, AS, intolerance/sensitivity to gluten, wheat and dairy.

Started Humira 1/17/08, also currently taking .7ml (17.5 mgs) injectible Methotrexate weekly, 2 mgs Folic Acid daily


curley
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   Posted 1/19/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I have crossed my fingers,I hope that it helps you like it has for me.
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Ducky
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   Posted 1/20/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Any relief yet ~S? It's only been a couple days, but thought I'd check in with ya.. hope you are doing ok..
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starrnr
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   Posted 1/20/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ducky...nothing that I can notice, yet. I'm hoping after the next shot I'll be able to tell some sort of difference. Thanks for checking in...the waiting continues!

How are things with you? Are you doing better?

~S.
Some days you're the bug, some days you're the windshield

RA, AS, intolerance/sensitivity to gluten, wheat and dairy.

Started Humira 1/17/08, also currently taking .7ml (17.5 mgs) injectible Methotrexate weekly, 2 mgs Folic Acid daily


Ducky
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   Posted 1/20/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought it might be too soon.. but was so hoping for you!

I'm doing ok.. getting over the flu/pneumonia/bronchitis.. but definitely feeling better.. not coughing up lung cookies (sorry that was gross) anymore.. so that's a plus! Had to skip my Enbrel while I was sick, so went without for 2 weeks and was already in a flare.. so you can imagine being sick on top of a flare.. with no meds.. not a happy camper.. but I took my Enbrel today.. and will again in a couple days to get back on schedule so we'll see how I do.. am hoping for the best! Thanks for asking! :) :)
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Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots


starrnr
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   Posted 1/20/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Ducky - I'm glad you're on the road to recovery - I'm sorry you're flaring. What a double-edged sword, eh?

Since we suffer from compromised immune systems with the biologics, have you looked into a pneumonia shot? They're good for 5 years. My last sinus infection went into my lungs and gave me a horrible case of bronchitis - almost pneumonia. I don't get the flu, so I don't get the flu shot, however, I was getting too many severe sinus infections. I spoke to my primary and rheumy about the pneumonia shot and they both thought it was a great idea. It's been 3 years and I haven't had one cold or sinus infection since. Beats going into a flare! I have been surrounded by really sick people at work (which I hate) and have escaped (knock wood) unscathed.

I will be on my primary doc's door step at 5 years, 1 day for another one. yeah

I hope the Enbrel kicks in soon - I feel your pain!!! :-)

~S.
Some days you're the bug, some days you're the windshield

RA, AS, intolerance/sensitivity to gluten, wheat and dairy.

Started Humira 1/17/08, also currently taking .7ml (17.5 mgs) injectible Methotrexate weekly, 2 mgs Folic Acid daily

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