Humira - Wife having problems giving it to herself.

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BillyLitt
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   Posted 1/11/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
My wife is having a real hard time mentally giving herself this shot. She was doing it, but it seems that the more she does it, the harder and harder it is mentally for her to do it.

I offered to do it for her, and she refused.

She asked her nurse and she suggested to approach her PCP. They said they couldn't do it.

What options does she have or what advice can you give to ease her mind?

Thanks.

praying4healing
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   Posted 1/11/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I have problems as well, but for me its physical, it just hurt too badly. I hope u guys find relief
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!


LynnRN
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   Posted 1/11/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Tell her not to feel bad,I'm a nurse and CAN NOT give it to myself,my husband gives it to me. My secret is,to ice my leg for at least 20-30 minutes and leave the Humira out of the fridge for 20 minutes to warm it up,it makes it much less painful. Did she just start taking it? I was only on it for 3 months and just had my scope and my inflammation is almost completely gone now!!!!

john's girl
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   Posted 1/11/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe Humira has a program where a nurse can come to your home and inject it for your wife, free of charge. I'm sure you can find out more about it by calling the patient assistance number, 1-800-4HUMIRA

Good Luck!

potatoqwn
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   Posted 1/12/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I hate shots and mentally freak myself out when I have to get one. I do this when I get the flu shot every time. It's amazing for me to think that I am able to give myself the Humira shots. I think it would be a good idea if you give them to her. Why does she refuse? I do leave it out on the counter to warm up for about 20 minutes prior to the shot. I find that if I am standing it is better for some reason. The stomach ones are better/less painful than the thigh ones for me as well. Oh, and the best part...I am in remission for the first and only time in more than 16 years. I hope it will get better for her.

happygirl360
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   Posted 1/12/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with LynnRN about leaving the Humira out and icing the leg.  I had a hard time at first doing the injections (and I was used to injections since I'm also a diabetic), however, the Humira was more painful until I started doing the above.  A little ice pack put on the leg after the injection helps as well.  Good luck!
 
 
 
 
 
 

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43-year-old female with Crohn's since 1985.
 
 
So, go ahead and take your best shot.  Let 'er rip, give it all you've got. You might win this round but you cant keep me down, cause I'll stand back up........Sugarland


kaylasmommie2003
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   Posted 1/12/2008 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I am also on humira.  I am a nurse and I dread the injection also because it burns really, really bad.  I get all nervous and sweaty before I give it.  I now numb the area with ice and have my husband inject it.  It seems to work a little bit better this way.

D&G's Mommy
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   Posted 1/13/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I couldn't do it either and if my mom's around, she's a nurse, she'll do it and if not then I have enlisted my non-medically trained husband. It hurst but it's quick and then over. I couldn't do it.
Cathy
Mommy to a 5 and 6-year-old
Currently on Humira, questran from time to time.
Using acupuncture.


dadof3
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   Posted 1/13/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I ALSO TAKE HUMIRA INJECTIONS MYSELF AND YES I DO HAVE TO ADMIT THAT SOMETIMES IT DOES BURN AND SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T. WHAT I DO IS TAKE THE PEN OUT OF THE REFRIGERATOR AND LET STAND AT ROOM TEMP FOR about 45 MINS BEFORE I GIVE MYSELF THE INJECTION. I HAVE CALLED THE HUMIRA HOTLINE AND SPOKE TO A NURSE AND SHE RECCOMENDED THAT AFTER YOU CLEAN THE AREA WITH THE ALCOHOL PAD, YOU MUST MAKE SURE THE SITE THAT WAS CLEANED IS PERFECTLY DRY OTHERWISE THERE IS A TENDENCY FOR A DEEP BURNING SENSATION. I HAVE TRIED THAT AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING.

AS FAR AS DO I FEEL A DIFFERENCE BY USING THE MEDS., RIGHT NOW THE ANSWER IS NO. THEIR WAS TIME WHEN I DID FEEL BETTER BUT LAST YEAR I HAD MAJOR DENTAL SURGERY AND THE ANTIBIOTICS THE DENTIST PUT ME ON REALLY SCREWED UP MY SYSTEM AND MY SYSTEM HAS NEVER REALLY RECOVERED. I HAD TAKEN REMICADE ALSO IN THE PAST AND THAT WAS BY FAR THE BEST TREATMENT I HAD EVER TAKEN, BUT I DEVELOPED A BAD REACTION (HIVES) and MY DR. REFUSES TO GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY.

HANG IN THERE !!
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