I started Enbrel on dec 27th after a few months of being worried about the side effects. i haven't had any side effects yet other than a 98% remission of my AS and a lot a pent up energy to burn. ps. i was lucky the enbrel was working at full effect in 2 days, would you believe it?
Humira has made a huge difference to my life. I've had no obvious side effects, been on it for roughly 6 months, but for me it took about 2 months before I felt its full affect. I feel addicted to it now because I feel so good on it, I'd hate to have to stop it. Hope that makes you feel happier.
Watch out for infections though.
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I just started Humira and have taken 2 shots and it is almost time to take my 3rd shot. My problem is that since I started Humira I have been feeling worse. I expected that it would take a couple of months to feel the full effects of the medicine, but I did not expect to feel worse.
Since I started, my joints have become more swollen and hurt quite a bit more than before and my range of motion has drastically decreased. I am also on Cytoxan and prednisone as I have systemic vasculitis (Churg-Strauss Syndrome), but I have been on this for more than a year with no worsening of the symptoms. Has anyone out there experienced a worsening of their symptoms after they started taking Humira.
I do have a follow up appointment next week with my Rhuemy, but I am interested in hearing from others who might have had similar reactions to Hurmira. ThanksJ
I have been diagnosed with RA for over a year. It took a few months on the Humira to not be in constant pain. I now feel pretty good most of the time. I am 47 and work at a physical job, part time. I take 1/2 a prescription pain killer as needed. I also take 1/4 of a provigil 200mg when I need to have normal energy. I was encouraged to take Methotrexate also. It made me sick. I was nauseated and my hair fell out. I ended up losing enough weight that my doctor finally agreed I could go off. I take Cyanocobalamin(b vitamin) shots about once a week. That helps with the energy. I take many vitamins prescribed by a doctor. He did blood tests to see what I needed. I see two rheumatologists. One is well respected in the area for RA. The other is a more experimental/let's try this doctor. Deep tissue massage seems to help. I have also cut out MSG. This is a very difficult diet. I have found it to make a positive difference in my RA symptoms. The main thing that helps is the Humira. I did get an odd infection below the skin. Antibiotics cleared it right up. That has been the only side effect. Also, you may want to apply cold to the area you are going to inject for about 20 minutes prior to the injection. It really helps with the injection sting. Good luck! It feels so good to not hurt all the time.