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JAB
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   Posted 12/7/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all-

I just wanted to say that I started the Humira treatment today and I am looking forward to great days ahead. I've read alot of positive posts on it at this website and had to say it helped in deciding to go ahead with this. It took alot of thought but I want what everybody wants, a normal life. I'll keep you posted on what transpires.

I have to say injecting those pens into my gut wasn't a thrill but a small price to pay for an optimistic outcome.

Peace.

LMills
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   Posted 12/7/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck!! I know the injections aren't fun, but they're so worth it when the treatment works. Let us know how it goes!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
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NostraHistoria
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   Posted 12/7/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
When I started Humira, it was like this:
Day 1: Felt a little better (beforehand I was not hurting usually, but sometimes in the morning the lower area of my left abdomen would irritate me)
Day 2: felt worse
Day 3: Felt good. No pains at all. And finally I had good formed stools.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Humira, Entocort 9 mg, Asacol 4 x 3, Flagyl 250 mg x 3
Imuran failed


JAB
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   Posted 12/7/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the quick motivating responses. I appreciate it and look forward to nicely formed stools as well. Never thought I would find myself typing that but hey I'm in the right place for that kind of thing. turn

Rider Fan
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   Posted 12/7/2009 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck. Try to give it some time to start working. Took at least 3 months for me but it did start to help alot.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


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JAB
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   Posted 12/9/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestion Rider. I have to admit that my gut has felt a bit better even though it's been only 2 days. I think I was a bit nervous that I would be one of the people that the Humira didn't work on. I also had a hard time with understanding why it took so long to start working since I heard it could be anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. That being said I have to remind myself to be patient.

It's nice to have some sort of indication though that something is going on down there....in a good way.

JAB

JAB
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   Posted 12/17/2009 4:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Man this board has been busy I had to go 6 pages deep to find this post from less then two weeks ago. Well it is the holiday season which can be a b*tch for us Crohnies. That may explain the increase in posts.

I just wanted to say that I've been feeling better even over the last 10 days that I've been taking the Humira. Bm's have cut down to one a day and my gut doesn't feel like it's being ripped into at every meal. I'm still on the entocort which is the next thing to get rid of but for now I'm feeling pretty good and wanted to acknowledge it.

I want to keep this post going just to keep a little journal if for nothing else.

2 more shots on Monday then I'll be down to the maintenance doseage.

:-)

Wolfie40
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   Posted 12/17/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds great JAB, keep us posted. I am supposed to start Humira soon and am wondering how the loading doses went. also how did the insurance handle this and what cost out of pocket. I also heard that there is a assistance program, have you used it and how does it work.

Thanks
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Pepcid Complete, Questran,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


mkl11
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   Posted 12/17/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck! It's worked wonders for me, though it take a few months to fully kick in. But I'm now back to my pre-Crohn's energy level.
21 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007

Symptoms currently under control with Humira and a wheat-free, processed food-free diet. Beginning to have symptoms of GERD...

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