Pain mgmt and Humira approval help

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yellowfin43
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   Posted 8/22/2009 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on Remicade from August of 08 till April of 09. It worked wonderfully at first but quickly lost its punch so I was taken off of it and told to try to get an approval for Humira. I went through the financial help application with Humira and they came back and said I would have to pay the first $4500 and then they could offer me Humira very cheap. I don't have $450 let alone $4500 so Ive been enduring severe arthritis (literally housebound) and mild belly problems ever since. I am on SS Disalbility and Medicare. Does anyone know if medicare will help with the initial $4500. Also about pain management for the arthritis. Against all common sense I have been taking Aleve for pain. Its the only way I can get through the day without considering suicide...sort of kidding but.... Anyway, does anyone know of something I can take besides Aleve to combat this unbearable pain. Most days my wrists and fingers are useless from the pain. It truly feels like my hands have been crushed and anytime I try to use them it sends me through the roof. I would appreciate any helpful feedback. Tony 
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 10 months ago. Was on Remicade but just recently switched to Humira because remicade stopped working, B-12 injections and iron.
God Bless. Tony


Nanners
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   Posted 8/22/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever tried Methotrexate? This medication is not only good for the arthritis, but can also help with the Crohns. Just a thought.

Gentle Hugs,
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

yellowfin43
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   Posted 8/22/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
never heard of it. I will google it then ask my GI
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 10 months ago. Was on Remicade but just recently switched to Humira because remicade stopped working, B-12 injections and iron.
God Bless. Tony


rovin1959
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   Posted 8/22/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail, you stay on top of everything!  Thanks for making me smile about making me smile about the coffee pot!

Mary Lynn


rovin1959
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   Posted 8/22/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
oh well, my mind is going too darn fast to type today.

Mary Lynn


Nanners
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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Yellowfin,

Do you have a rheumatologist? If not, I would recommend getting one on board, I believe all of us should have one. Thats where I first heard about the Methotrexate.

rovin1959, glad I could make you smile:)

Hugs
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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