serum sickness? Arggggg...

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john's girl
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   Posted 2/4/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,

Just wondering if anyone has had any first-hand experience with serum sickness from Humira. I've been on it for about 3 months, I had an injection yesterday afternoon, and I feel extraordinarily terrible today. I'm super dizzy, fatigued, and every joint in my body hurts.

I keep getting little tingles all over my scalp, and I can't do anything to stay warm. (I'm on my couch in my down parka, under an electric blanket and I can't stop shivering.) My fingernails are also blue, and I know I'm pretty anemic. I took my temp. a few minutes ago - 98.9.

Any advice?

(I'm hesitant to go to the ER - I have health insurance and everything, but I really dislike doctors...)

Thanks for your advice!

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   Posted 2/4/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Could you call your GI or whoever prescribes your Humira? That would probably be a better place to start since you do not feel like you are in a life threatening situation. The ER will not be as familiar with Humira side effects as your prescribing doctor would be, I would presume. Get calling before they close and if they are closed ask if the on call can call you.
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john's girl
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   Posted 2/4/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Fitzy! I left a message for my GI, but no call back yet. My fever is up to 100.3, so I think a trip to the ER might legitimately be in order. Thanks so much for your prompt reply! I would be so clueless without this site - not just for emergencies but for the little questions, too.

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   Posted 2/4/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Let us know what they said....the blue fingernails worry me!

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   Posted 2/4/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a good old reaction to me. I hope you got to see your doc, or at least speak to him....

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