Humira + belly reactions

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caroline_r
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everybody :) I haven't been here for a couple of weeks because I was busy.

But now I'm faced with a problem. I have been having a small rash on my belly every time I get Humira so I just wanted to ask you if you've had the same problems...well those of you on Humira hehe.

Every time I get Humira it's worse. Yesterday it started itching a lot and then I got 5 tiny so to say "balloons" around the shot area and then it calmed down but remained reddish.

I'm not trying to make a big deal out of this but my doctor can't give me steroids because it's really not a big issue but at the same time it's not supposed to happen...
21 yr. old with crohn colitis. Diagnosed in March 2004. No surgeries so far.


biloxigirl
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   Posted 4/22/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
yes I also had a rash by where I give my shots. I went and got some benadryl spray to help with the welp and itch.
also my belly has become fat on this meds.  anyone else notice belly fat more.  makes me look like I am 6 months preg.
Hate it.

MomInTO
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   Posted 4/22/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I also get a welt where my injection site is. Usually lasts about 2-3 days.
32 year old Crohn's Mom of 2 great kids (ages 7 and 5) and a wonderfully supportive of DH.  Diagnosed in 1996. 1 resection in 1997. Have tried just about all the meds out there, currently on Remicade, Imuran, B12 shots, Pariet, Celxa and occassionaly Ativan. Have really scary reactions to steriods (Pred especially).


ivy6
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   Posted 4/22/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
there are some good answers on this thread:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=1427264
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mkl11
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   Posted 4/22/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
well, i developed psoriasis in and around my belly button after i started the shots....have no idea if it's connected. doesn't make sense since humira is FOR psoriasis, but tnf-blockers can also induce psoriasis in some patients
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.


caroline_r
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   Posted 4/24/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks everybody :)
21 yr. old with crohn colitis. Diagnosed in March 2004. No surgeries so far.


mojowo4
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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
My first couple months I had small quarter sized red rash around injection that went away after 2-3 days.  But now nothing.  I have notice however a few psoriasis spots on my arms and head recently since being moved to the 1x week injections.  Didn't think much about it till reading this post.  Will have to ask my doctor.

Dx CD 2003 but probably had it 10 years prior

Dx Primary Sclerossing Cholangitis 2006

GB out '95, Appendix out '96, Kidney stent '02/stone removal '02, Resection '04, fistulectomy '06 2x, tubal '05

Currently on 100mg 6mp-50 mg,  and Remicade every 8 weeks, Ambien, predsnisone, humira 1x wk, flagyl, cypro, diflucan, probiotic


tenbaseg
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   Posted 4/24/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried the injections on the thigh instead of the belly?  If so, did you get the same reaction?

caroline_r
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   Posted 7/1/2009 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, sorry for not replying two months ago :( I've been really busy with college.

Nope, haven't tried the injections on the thigh. I've been given steroids on the day of the application for about 8 weeks now and it just postponed the reaction for a few hours. It's getting worse each time I get Humira despite steroids and yesterday it was itching me all day long. Shouldn't it go away with taking steroids? What do you guys think? I've read somewhere that people who had this kind of reaction had to stop taking Humira because it eventually spread to their entire belly and hurt for days.

Any info would be helpful! I don't have a problem dealing with this, it's no big deal...but I'm worried if it's going to get so bad that I'll have to quit taking it and it's helping me!



tenbaseg said...
Have you tried the injections on the thigh instead of the belly? If so, did you get the same reaction?

21 yr. old with crohn colitis. Diagnosed in March 2004. No surgeries so far.


teddybearweiser
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   Posted 7/1/2009 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I always inject my humira in my thigh and I have no problems.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,,Celebrex and Humira. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis


caroline_r
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   Posted 7/1/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for posting! :) Maybe I'll try the thigh shot!

teddybearweiser said...
Hi I always inject my humira in my thigh and I have no problems.

21 yr. old with crohn colitis. Diagnosed in March 2004. No surgeries so far.


MerryMac
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   Posted 7/1/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Humira for a year or more now and have never had any significant issues with the injection site, except for maybe a tiny red spot that doesn't last. Depending on how I do the injection, I sometimes might get a bruise. I have been injecting at an angle and recently was told that pointing straight down/in works better, meaning easier to do. I've heard about shooting in the thigh, but I seem to prefer the tummy, maybe because there's more fat? Of course, I still have to psych myself up for the whole procedure :-)
Diagnosed with Crohns 1995. First bowel resection surgery performed (8in removed). Took Pentasa, 16 pills a day for 10 yrs. Off and on with: Prednisone, Imuran, Remicade, Methotrexate, and Cipro. 2nd surgery 2005 (another 8in), preceeded by an abcess that antibiotics couldn't resolve. Currently on Humira weekly. Status: all of my small intestine is filled with Crohns, except 2ft. I hope to keep it that way as long as possible. So far Humira is working, though I hate having to give myself injections. I keep positive by telling myself that things could be way worse. Doesn't always work, but I keep trying.


AnonymousChristo
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   Posted 7/1/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Alright, my first post ever!

I had a (sub)total colectomy about a year and a half ago, and then went from ileostomy to ileoanal anastomosis last September. I am now using Humira to keep the CD in check, because if the CD comes back, I'm permanently with a bag :(

To contribute to the post... ;) I've been taking it in the upper thigh area, and haven't had any issues as far as swelling, etc. As long as I'm careful not to hit a blood vessel, I typically don't experience much pain other than some sharp pressure. I'd recommend trying to move from tummy to thigh... And if you're using the pens, if my memory serves me correctly, you should be shooting at a 90° angle, whereas you tilt a bit when using the needles. I haven't tried needles, but I'm very comfortable with the pens :)
24/m - CD since 9
Total Colectomy with Ileoanal Anastomosis
Humira Bi-Weekly


ZenaWP
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   Posted 7/2/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I know this sounds weird, but try taking Zantac for about a week before your injection and a few days afterwards and see if it helps (you can still do benedryl, etc. too).  My GI told me that when I was having whelts and it really has helped tremendously.  He said he has no idea why it works, but it does, and I know this has been true for me.
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


caroline_r
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   Posted 7/6/2009 1:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everybody for posting! I'll definitely try some of those things :)
21 yr. old with crohn colitis. Diagnosed in March 2004. No surgeries so far.

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