I have been taking weekly injections of Humira now for 7 months....prior to that I thought than when I felt better I could spread out the injections to every other week and got to the point of only injecting myself once a month for a total of over 2 years. When I did that, I came out of remission. The weekly injeections, along with a huge diet modification, have kept me out of the hospital. At first, my only side effect was a severe headache.....but come to think of it, I usually was walking around dehydrated so that may have been the actual cause. My hair has also thinned out.....but if I can wake up every day and feel this good comparatively.....I can handle the few minor side effects I have experienced. You see....I have no other choice. No other drug has worked for me except Remicaid and I developed an allergic reaction to that drug. Humira really scared me at first, but I found an excellent doctor to REALLY explain to me the actual chances of getting any of the scary side effects. It was my RA and not my GI....although I also love my current GI.
I also get a raised red spot after the injection that is sore for about a day. Hang in there.....it is worth it....at least it has been for me.
38 yr old female diagnosed with Crohn's in lower colon in 1999 with one stricture
Also have anemia and Crohn's related inflammatory arthritis
Currently on Humira, one injection a week for the last 2+ years
Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Bio-Dophilus, Glutamine, Glutegenics, Caprylate Complex, Inflammase, Ultramax InflammaX, Ultra Meal
Past drugs: Asacol, Pentasa, Prednizone, Remicaid, Methotrexate, Imuran, 6mp
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