I am one of the lucky ones that can send my Doctor messages through a website. I want to let him know I am interested in discussing Humira as my next option. I have not gotten into remission yet with my current meds although I am feeling better than I did a year ago. I still continue to have problems though…
Anyone have any ideas how I can convince him? I plan to make an appointment with him soon but I wanted to get the ball rolling with a message asking about Humira. He has mentioned it before as a next step for me and I feel since it has been over 1 year I think the next step is here.
He also mentioned Remicade but the cost may not be a n option for me. I guess it depends on how the insurance processes the claim. Right now, I pay 10% after a copay so Remicade could be out of the question. Unless the insurance lowers the billable amount and I pay 10% of a lesser charge. That has been happening with my medical bills so far.
Thanks for any advice you can give me.
PS: I plan to say something like this…
Dear Dr. XXX
I would like to explore the option of Humira as my next step in my treatment. You have brought this up as an option before for me and I am interested in it. I have some symptoms that are still lingering (list of them here) since my last medication change several months ago. I will schedule and appointment with you, I wanted to let you know what I was considering.
Thank you, Karen
Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma
Also on Prilosec 2x a day for reflux.
Post Edited (karendee) : 6/4/2008 10:07:57 AM (GMT-6)
thanks Patti! I will definitely ask my Doc about the LDN. I am seeing him on Friday. I am interested in anything that will help me. I also have some joint issues so the Humira might just help on that issue. not sure though.
I have not looked at LDN much except the posts here.
thanks everyone! I am going on Humira. I will save LDN for the future if needed.
My Doctor was great. I had to get a TB test and as soon as the results come back he calls in the script for my meds.
He did say he does not want me to take Imuran and Humira together, I can also wean myself off the Entocort and Pentasa. he has recently been to some educational conferences that say Imuran and Humira together are a bad idea....
I am do excited I can drop some meds also! No more handfuls of meds , yeah!
thanks for all your help everyone!