Okay,,so far I am on day two since my first loading dose of Humira. I haven't had any skin "itchiness", but I have some small bruises from the needle marks. I have noticed that I have slept like I was dead the last two nights, althought it was fitful sleep..and even when I have gotten over 8 hours of sleep it takes my dog practically jumping up and down on my head to get me out of bed! I hope the grogginess goes away! I feel a bit better about one hour after I am up and moving. I guess my body is getting used to the Humira and it should be less "weird" next time. I have been given the pens, not syringes, so I know what you mean about not being able to control the speed of the fluid going in.
I do have a funny story about this stuff. My boyfriend is a die hard psycho sport fan who has been following all the NCAA basketball games. On Thursday, the day I took my very first Humira shot, I was next to him on the couch while he was watching the game. I passed flat out, zonked out asleep on my DOG. I WAS snuggling up with my dog, but he literally became a pillow for me when I zonked out. After I was sleeping on my dog for about an hour, he got antsy and got up, leaving me slumped ina weird position with no pillow. I woke up with the WORST neck cramps. My boyfriend was cracking up, trying to get me to get up and go to bed,,but I was practically unmoveable.
that kind of reaction sounds pretty severe and it may be worth mentioning. Any drug that makes someone just zonk out is something to be careful with.
I have been using Humira for over 6 months...i take two injections by Pen every other week. i rotate the injection sites...there are three sites: upper stomach, lower stomach and the thighs. at first the shots did sting...I was icing the area before and after the shot and that did not seem to help keep the actual injection from stinging....now I have a system that for me is almost painless regardless of where I inject.
I get the two shots in and am ready go in about 4 minutes. But before I inject I remove the two pens from the reefer and let them sit out for 45 minutes to an hour. I also make sure the alcohol prep pad also warms up. Then I just lay down with the pens, wipe and an ice pack (I use the gel packs they send with the Humira.) I lightly (that is key...too tight and it creates a pressure issue because of the compressed tissue) pinch the area for the injection...make sure the needle is at a straight 45 degree and hit the button. If it does sting I put the ice pack on the site for a few seconds and it stops. I repeat on the opposite side with the second one...and then just throw away the wipes...and "sharps" the pens. It is all over pretty quick.
The only side issues for me are ...my arthritis really kicks in about 1 day later and lasts for a couple of days and just the opposite as you I have hard time sleeping for a couple of days. i usually end up taking an Ambien the night after the injections.
good luck to you...hope it all works out.