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caprie
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   Posted 5/15/2006 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Everyone,
I will be receiving my Humira midweek and would like to have some input from anyone that has or is currently on it.
Can you tell me hopefully any good experiences with it and any tips that may be helpful.
I am nervous of course regarding side effects. 
I need some form of encouragement because I am rather anxious about using this drug.
Caprie

erin.K
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   Posted 5/15/2006 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   

dear Caprie,

congratulations on starting Humira!  is this for RA?  hey, i get my re-fill of Humira on the 18th...so i am awaiting my shipment too.

first of all, let me just be a good cheerleader right now and say, "YOU CAN DO IT!!!"  and i truly feel you will be just fine.

i've been taking Humira since last august.  was on Enbrel for almost 2 years but i did not do well on it. (made no progress).

umh...i would suggest injecting your Humira in the abdomen.  i have found that to be the best place.  Enbrel 50mg STUNG REALLY BAD! holey moley...i was injecting into the thighs and hip area.  once i started Humira, i heard from a girlfriend of mine who has RA that Humira stings as well, but not as firey as the Enbrel 50's...she suggested the abdomen.  so in all, the "Stick" itself does not hurt...you'll find that the actual medication as it goes in has a little bite to it.  :)   but it is TOTALLY doable.  i would not lie to you for i was absolutely HORRIFIED to self inject (and i'm in nursing too!...so i've a lot of injections under my belt and still...ya do get the last minute jitters).

for the most part, frequent bloodwork and rheummy visits will keep all things in check regarding side effects of the systemic sort.  just pay attention to your body and you'll be fine.  you will have to be monitored for your white blood cell count, that's kinda the most important thing. 

if anything is to happen, a little injection site redness or a little itchiness might occur.  if you do not have any Latex allergies you should be OK.  if it makes you feel any better, have someone in the house with you the first time you have your shot.

i did fine the 1st time with both Enbrel and Humira.  if anything...i was super proud of the fact that i was able to do it myself!  there comes a big boost of confidence afterwards!

i'm very happy for you.  how is the arthritis you have?  just diagnosed? or is it advanced?

let's see....i started to have benefits from the Humira just recently.  so it took about 8 1/2 months for my case of RA to get to a point where it stopped getting worse.  then again, the RA was way out of control due to not being treated.  i take the Humira every 4 days now. started with every 2 weeks, then every 12 days, then 10 days, then weekly....so i'm at a point where i have the right combo of meds at the right dose.

everyone responds differently.  some will get quicker results and notice big changes pretty fast...say within 2 months.  some may take longer.  but do be patient.  waiting is the worst part i know.

what other medicines are you taking?

let this be cause for celebration!  hoorah!

you take care & write back soon.

erin


Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.


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   Posted 5/15/2006 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   

I was on humira for 3 months, I've been on enbrel for 2.5 so far.  Honestly, the injection was not a big deal to me at all.  Erin is right--sometimes it does sting a bit going in.  My rheumatologist told me it was the solution that the actual medicine is in that actually stings--enbrel does too.  But I've found the faster and more adept I get at the injection, the easier it goes, and the less it actually stings.  I've gotten lots of mild injection site reactions so far, but they're not a problem.  The one side effect that I've been getting quite a bit, that some others are not, are lots of mild infections.  That is somewhat of a common side effect, though, and I guess every patient and doctor needs to decide whether it's worth it or not.  I've not gotten any serious infections, which is the real danger, and in my opinion, pretty rare.

I haven't received full benefit yet from the tnf-inhibitors, but as Erin has pointed out it took her 8.5 months, so I'm still hopeful.  Best of luck to you!

Elcamino


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: Early Lupus/MCTD; Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


caprie
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   Posted 5/15/2006 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Erin & Elcamino,
Thank you both for your response. I feel more at ease about starting the Humira.
I have had RA for about 17 years and have used Methotrexate, Prednisone, Plaquenil, and quite a few NSAIDS through the years. Recently my RA has been bad and harder to get under control.. My right arm has been bent and doesn't want to straighten out and left wrist is swollen, knees killing me, etc..
I have done well enough in the past to stay active, but the last 5 months have been a struggle. Doc thinks i should try the Humira.
I would avoid it if i could, but you just get to the point where you will try anything to get relief!
I am just hoping it works.
You guys are great to share your experiences and in a positive way.
Thanks so much!
Caprie

erin.K
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   Posted 5/16/2006 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
dear Caprie,
oh this is great then!  it does sound like it is indeed time for something like a TNF medication to help stop the progression of the RA.
me too, was on all nsaids and a few DMARDs before, but nothing seemed to actually slow down the RA.  right now it seems to be at a standstill.  which is great.  i was very frightened the past 2 years when even on TNFs and all...the RA was getting worse and worse.
Humira @ frequent doses plus the Imuran and 6MP has been a blessing.
it took a long time for some control to take place.
i wish i had started the Enbrel and Humira drugs and biologics back in 2001!!! (or better yet, when i was 16 years old and the docs first caught it! but NO...they said, "oh wait it out & see...you're too young"....gee thanks). eyes
 
i am still very hopeful & optimistic that things will continue to get better and better.  right now, even though it seems to be at a halt...i'm still not fully functional, but hey! perhaps in a few more months it'll be even better!
 
so i really wish you the best, give this time and keep strong (mentally & emotionally & physically).  i'm very excited for you.   
take good care,
erin
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.


caprie
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   Posted 5/16/2006 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Erin,
Thanks for being a great cheerleader! The major issue i have with the Humira is because it hasn't been around that long so that studies could be done to see if it has any negative effects long term.
But hey, you do what you got to do to stay well. Sounds as thought you have had a rough go of it in the past. I am glad you think you have the right mix of meds figured out. I wish you only the best.
Geez, you would think this all could be figured out by the researchers. Bacterial, viral, hormonal, stress, etc..
Since it seems to run mostly in women, i go with hormonal. If it were due to bacteria and viruses then more men would have it.
I guess we are just good multi-taskers - work, clean , cook, kids, oh yeah my RA too!!!!!
What a deal!
Well, thanks for your feedback. Stay well!
Caprie

erin.K
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   Posted 5/16/2006 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   

hey, i hear ya!

if you think about it...the long term negative effects of RA aren't sweet either. LOL.

i made my decision to start dmards & TNFs because the RA had already affected my heart & lungs...so what the heck WORSE could possibly happen?  could only go up from there!

i have no regrets & would never turn back.  also, i have no intentions of ever going off of the Humira or TNF drugs either, as long as they continue to not deplete my bone marrow too much.  rheummy says i'm in it for the duration anyway.

really, the most serious complication that could arise is the risk of lymphoma.  then again...people with RA tend to run that risk regardless if they are on TNFs or not.

autoimmune diseases are really scarey and still in many areas a mystery.  i mean, really...people get rid of cancers quicker!

in all, we've got to focus on what we do have.  i'm grateful i can breathe on my own, i can think and talk and for the most part take care of myself and meet my own needs.

does your shipment of Humira come tomorrow????

how often do you go for bloodwork?

have a goodnight!   


Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.


caprie
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   Posted 5/17/2006 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Erin,
You really make a good point over the long term consequences of RA vs Humira. It drives the point home.
Yes, I should be receiving it today. Not sure if i will take it today or wait till the weekend. I haven't been given any instruction yet on how to shoot myself. I will call the docs office and get instruction. I am sure it will go ok.
Sometimes i think i could just get by on prednisone alone but i know it is not good for the bones. I am only on 5 mg a day even though 7.5 mg seems to be much better relief. I also inquired about trying antibiotics before Humira just in case this is a bacterial infection (RA) but my doctor didn't want to go that way.
As far as bloodwork, I have been getting it done monthly. So far, so good.
I hope the meds you are taking help you alot as it seems your RA is very severe. I feel guilty complaining after reading your posts. You do have a wonderful spirit and positive attitude that carries you through the tough times.
We can all learn alot from that.
I wish you many better days ahead!!!!
Caprie

cbrossman
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   Posted 5/17/2006 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Erin make very good points, as usual.
RA sucks, not knowing what TNF inhibitors can do long term sucks as well. But I am so much happier now that I can be active again (Caprie, I had very similar RA affects as you, wrists, elbows and knees).

As far as affects on the body, with the current knowledge of Enbrel/Humaria and MTX, I would rather be off the MTX. As far as affects on the wallet, I would rather be off Enbrel. Oh well.

On shots, you guessed it, they suck too. I take shots of MTX and Enbrel. I consider myself one of the tougher guys around here (mostly because I am the only regular guy) and I hate the shots. I think about it far too often, and always have an adult beverage or 2 after each session. But 18 months ago I could hardly walk, now I can ride for hours with minor discomfort from the RA.
Sometimes life is a difficult choice between things that suck, I pick the ones that suck less.

BTW, don't feel guilty. This is a hard disease, for some, myself included, it is easily as much mental as physical. And it is difficult to get support, even from close friends and family. When you look normal and healthy, and feel so darn bad, it makes the situation even more difficult.

Stay tough and positive ... Craig

erin.K
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   Posted 5/17/2006 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
cool  Craig...I love you man!  cool You really are super & everyone here I think totally loves that "you're our only guy!" tongue LOL.
 
The burny/stingy thing...Caprie, it is the pH of the Humira and Enbrel 50's that makes it have a kick to the injection like Elcamino was saying.  All who have been on Enbrel 25mg will most likely all agree that THOSE were the nicest of all...no sting whatsoever. But it had a higher pH.  Now, the Enbrel 50mg and Humira 40mg have a more acidic pH for...I dunno...either to be a pain in the a** or for preservative purposes. LOL. :-)
 
Oooooh, there was no demo for you about doing the shots?
                               yeah   THIS CALLS FOR A SHOOTIN' UP PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!  yeah
Seriously, if you want to be on chat while doing the injection I'll talk ya through it! Hey, I'm a professional! Got my credentials! tongue
The pamphlet you will recieve gives a step by step "how to" and is self explanatory & easy to follow. Good thing is that the Humira is already pre-filled.  Have you given/watched injections before?  Basics are: just gettin' that little air bubble out if there is one (by giving a good flick to the syringe with your pointer finger), pushing the plunger slowly up to the 1st marked line you hit (the .80ml), letting the Humira get to almost room temperature (leave it in the room you'll be injecting in for like 20 minutes...one really never wants to inject something fridgid into the body), and basically just grabbin' a good inch of fatty tissue as your target!  You don't have to "stab" yourself or "dart" yourself either, lol.  The needle goes in smoothly as long as you go in at like a 45 degree angle. [Think of how RN's insert IVs when you're at the hospital...it's that sorta motion].
 
  **Oh yeah, you could always go to your Dr.'s office & do your 1st injection there with the nurse or medical assistant there with you. **
 
I agree with you.  Prednisone is good yes, for acute times and we all hate to say it but it is a lifesaver sometimes...but it doesn't really get to the problem. Humira and TNFs do get to the problem. 
 
Let us know what you plan of attack is! :-)
Thank you for the kinds words, you too Craig.  Yeah, my RA is severe...but that just suits my personality.  Nothing was ever mediocre. LOL.
                                           HOORAY FOR CAPRIE!!!!!!
Go get em' tiger!
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.


caprie
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   Posted 5/19/2006 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel honored to hear from the "regular guy" Craig. Thanks for your feedback. Sounds like you are doing great on the Enbrel. I hope i can get back to normal as well once i start the Humira. Craig, is there a reason you tried Enbrel over the Humira. Not so sure how you pick one over the other. I hope i can back to biking too. Tried last week but between my wrist and arms it was too much pressure to hold myself up on the handle bars. Went around the block. Big deal.
Erin, thanks for the"shooting up party"! I haven't done it yet. It is sitting in my fridge staring at me every time i open it.
I am waiting until next week to go to the doctors for the first time i inject. In the meantime, i have read your advice over and over so i feel ready. I appreciate you taking time to equip me with all the info that will help me.
Until next week..........
Caprie

erin.K
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   Posted 5/19/2006 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
dear Caprie,
 
if anyone is extra terrific it's Craig.  in fact, last year i believe we coined him as our own personal "Lance Armstrong".  tongue now don't shoot down our compliments man!  just blush & say "awe shucks" lol.
hey Caprie, you know what?  what you do trying to bike IS a BIG deal.  it's when we start "not trying" anymore, that's where the danger point is. 
 
you're doing the right thing.  i would absolutely advise patients to have their initial injection @ the M.D.s office if any reservations are present or in the slightest way unfamiliar with self injection.  but you'll see...A PIECE OF CAKE!  you'll be better at it than you think. :-)
sincerely,
erin  VIEW IMAGE here's a present for ya! (just click on the view image)
 


Active, Severe RA. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Pred; Pentasan 4G; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid; Diazepam; Avinza 30mg; Meclizine; MiraLax & too many others.


caprie
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   Posted 5/19/2006 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Woo Hoo! Thanks! I know i will be smiling all day.
Your the best!

cbrossman
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   Posted 5/19/2006 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Caprie,
I really don't know why I was given Enbrel rather than Humeria. My suspicion is Dr. experience and perhaps preference, and I would not be supprised if it had a little to do with how good the perks were from one drug rep. over another.

I started on MTX pills for a few months with no real benefit. Then MTX injectible, perhaps a little benefit, but nothing significant. It took a couple months on Enbrel before I noticed a big change.

BTW, the consensus that I've observed is that guys are bigger babies when it comes to giving themselves shots then gals. I've heard several stories from nurse types about big guys who could not even do it. And that could easily be the case with me ... if my (quality of) life did not depend on it.

getting in touch with my feminine side through RA ... Craig

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   Posted 5/21/2006 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL LOL LOL LOL
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea


erin.K
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   Posted 5/21/2006 11:56 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  mmmmm hmmmm!  i second that motion.  when i was on Enbrel 50's; i actually had small viles of diluent to make the 50mg's less firey for me.  and new syringes.  was running out of injection spots, everywhere was scar tissue and sore.  so i had my honey learn how to give injections!  (now mind you, he's been doing EEG's since the 70's and THAT's WHEN THE USEDTO STICK METAL OINS IN YOUR HEAD FOR THE TEST!)
and believe it or not...i had him shoot up a tomatoe with water & a needle and he near darn passed out.
 
end of story?
he never gave me the shots in the arm or butt! LOL.
 
Active, Severe RA. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Pred; Pentasan 4G; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid; Diazepam; Avinza 30mg; Meclizine; MiraLax & too many others.


curley
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   Posted 5/22/2006 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Caprie hi,I'am on Humira and have been so for almost right at three year's and I have to say that it has been a wounder drug for as fare as my ra.I was in a wheel-chair for right at a year and after I started taking Humira I got stonger and was able to get out of that wheel-chair.Most of the time your Rheumy will tell you that they want you to take the first shot at the office hospital to make sure that you don't have a bad reaction from it.I will say this it does kinda hurt but it is worth it and I beleave that you will be fine.Good luck with the humia.
Thanks
Curley......
a.k.a.Mela...........


erin.K
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   Posted 5/22/2006 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   

cool  Hey Caprie, hey Curley:

Curley, where do you inject?  In the abdomen? I find that's the best place ever.  I wish I had been injecting there when I was on the Enbrel 50mg's because geez-louise those STUNG!  Humira stings less than the Enbrel 50mg's; but then again perhaps if it goes in the abs it hurts less?  I just find the tissue in itself of the abdomen makes for a much easier injection than the thighs & arms where they can be more "painful".

The ab injection? I don't even feel the stick; it's just the medication Caprie that kinda feels like a bit of heat.  Totally doable though!  You're gonna be GREAT! :-)


Active, Severe RA. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Pred; Pentasan 4G; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid; Diazepam; Avinza 30mg; Meclizine; MiraLax & too many others.


caprie
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   Posted 5/24/2006 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Done Deal!!!!!
I had my first Humira shot yesterday. The Doc did it for me. I am going to practice on an orange and then go back in 2 weeks and do it myself at the doctors office.
I have to say, i didn't feel a thing. I guess he is good with injections. Put it in my thigh. No reaction site effects either.
So now i just wait and hope it helps me. Please oh please!!!!!
Curley, i was so happy to read that the Humira has been a wonder drug for you for 3 years now. My doc said it has been a remarkable drug for about 90 percent of his patients. I take it is still working for you which gives me alot of hope that it can last for some time.
Erin and Craig, thanks for your support too. Craig, i was given the choice between embrel, remicade or humira so i don't thing the pharmaceutical perk thing came into play with my doctor but i am sure it does in many situtations. After he explained each one, i chose Humira only because it was every other week instead of every week. Silly way to choose, but i figured it was more doable for me.
I don't know how long it will take to feel a difference or if I ever will, but i hope to be able to report back good things.
Go Taylor Hicks. Elliot was my man (always for the underdog) but Taylor is certainly entertaining.
Hoping fo a sign of relief!
Caprie

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   Posted 5/24/2006 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Caprie,  best of luck to you with Humira.  My doctor gave me the choice of humira, enbrel, or remicade too (back in December).  I chose humira for much the same reasons as you.  It's not silly at all.  I have decided to save the IV transfusion drugs (remicade and a couple of other new ones that are out) for a very last resort.  Kinaret, which is the last injectable drug my rheumy wants me to try is every single day!!!!!!  Enbrel is only once a week, twice a week if my doc ups my dose.  Still doable, but humira is even more doable.  Humira didn't work for my joints, but calmed my GI system down pretty quickly.  It has worked for everyone else I've met who has taken it, though.

Elcamino


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: Early Lupus/MCTD; Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


erin.K
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   Posted 5/24/2006 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
way to go Caprie! yeah
 
see, no sweat!  you will do fine!
 
patience is key & i cannot stress that ENOUGH! 
  *YOU are a unique individual.  every patient is.  there physiology is different, metabolism, rate of absorption, response mechanisms, all unique.  and every case of inflammatroy arthritis is unique as well. *
 
focus on your well being for now.  keep a journal on how you do averaging weekly till august.
you might see tiny results within the next 1 to 3 months such as decreased fatigue!  yeah increased in energy is a GREAT THING!  now, the joints might not be responding yet;  mad   don't get discouraged. 
Humira needs time.
 
marked benefits in pain, swelling, joint function could take anywhere from 1 month to 6 months.  so a realistic time frame could be looking at early fall.
but then again it could be sooner! :-)
Here's to you Caprie!  cheers! 


Active, Severe RA. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Pred; Pentasan 4G; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid; Diazepam; Avinza 30mg; Meclizine; MiraLax & too many others.


Rebecca Lee
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   Posted 5/26/2006 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I work in a specialty pharmacy and Humira is very popular. I wish you the best of luck!!!!!

caprie
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   Posted 6/1/2006 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your support Rebecca Lee!
I can now report i was feeling better the second day after my first shot. I thought it had to be my imagination but i continue to feel better. Joints are definitely not as bad. I am sooooo happy to feel relief!!!!!
I still have a degree of soreness but nothing like i was experiencing. I was prepared to wait at least 4 months to start to feel the effects of the Humira and quite surprised to feel it so soon. I hope this is a good sign and I continue to improve.
So far no side effects (knock wood).
I have read alot of the posts and i wish everyone could have some pain free days too. I feel guilty feeling better when so many are suffering.
Here's to Humira!!! So far..........
Caprie

erin.K
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   Posted 6/1/2006 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   

yeah  Yea Caprie!!!!!!!! That is so wonderful, you made my day! :-) It is indeed sometimes the case where a person will get extrememly quick benefits from the TNFs...whether it be just endoerphins & hope pumpin' through the blood, or could be that the inflammatory disease in your body is in an early state and thus will respond quite quickly to the meds. Either way...WHO CARES right? LOL.  Whatever works!  This is a fantastic thing.

And no it's not in your head.  After a year on Humira almost; the day I take my shot I have less swelling & pain by that nite & it conitnues the next few days...so I truly think it can get systemic witihin 24 hours (pharmacologically it says it takes 72 hours for it to disperse into the system).

How great.  And what a nice way to kick off the summer!

Did you do this one yourself?

{{{{{{{{{{ you go girl!}}}}}}}}}}}}}}   Erin


Active, Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Pred 20mg prn; Pentasa 4G daily; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid 4mg; Diazepam 5mg; Avinza 30mg; Reglan; Meclizine; LidoDerm; MiraLax & too many others.


caprie
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   Posted 6/7/2006 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Erin,
No, the doctor gave me my first shot. I practiced on fruit for the next shot which I had yesterday. Only thing is, i took it to the dr.'s office so i could do it in front of him and well, let me say i wimped out. I thought i could do it. I stabbed myself and them pulled it back out. Tried again, and it didn't puncture my skin. I felt embarrased. He gave it to me. I will do the next one because i am not going back to the dr's for 3 months. I have no choice but to do it right next time.
I am still feeling better and hope it continues. No side effects either. I still can't believe it has had an effect so soon. I found this site due to the fact i was very anxious about taking it and i am so glad that i have. Thanks to everyones post and support.
Hope you are feeling better!!!!!!
Caprie
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