1st Humira loading observations

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Southern Lady
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   Posted 3/1/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my 4 shots, last Thursday. Had to give them all in my mid-section as I do not have any fat on my legs (just heredity nothing I've done). I have a lot of scare tissue from my surgeries, and am still sore at each injection site in my stomach. The one on my side are fine. Is this normal? Also I have NO energy. All I want to do is sleep. I have been in the bed 18 hours every day since Thursday. The other thing I have noticed is that I have no appitiate. Have had to make myself eat something. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Nanners
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   Posted 3/2/2010 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I do not have any experience myself with Humira. I do know though that some have mentioned that they get sore in the areas where the did the injections, and that for a day or two afterwords they feel sometimes a little nauseaous and fatigued. Hopefully, someone with more experience will be along soon.

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randynoguts
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   Posted 3/2/2010 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
for me , once the shot is in and done stinging, its all good.
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Becky77
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   Posted 3/2/2010 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine are a little sore the day I do injections, then they itch for a couple days (I have to use Caladryl to keep from itching at them) then they're fine.

I ice the area after I inject, maybe that keeps them from bothering me.

As time goes on, the injections become less of an issue, and more just something you have to do. I hope they get better for you!
Becky

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, Coumadin


wednesday77
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   Posted 3/2/2010 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh gosh, I have to go for my first Humira shots tomorrow morning and I have a client meeting in the afternoon!  Should I reschedule it?  I am glad I read this first! 
 
Is there anything I can take beforehand?  When I was taking the remicaide I was obviously there for a while and they monitor you and occasionally I would all of a sudden break out in hives and they would give me a shot of benedryl in my IV.  With the Humira do you get the shots and you're on your way?
33 yr old Female
Crohn's Colitis
DX 12/06
 
Currently on Remicade, starting Humira, 55 mg Prednisone, Multivitamin, Calcium, Probiotics, Vitamin D, a few other herbal supplements my natureopath has me on.
 
Eating a Macrobiotic diet, no meat or dairy, trying to cut way back on sugar and white foods.  Trying to focus on a more holistic approach to healing. 
 
 
 


imissicecream
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   Posted 3/2/2010 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
When I did my loading shots, I was extremely fatigued, depressed, and I had absolutely NO appetite for about a week. Just remember to keep eating...what you're feeling is pretty normal. I didn't even have any irritation at my shot sites.

Hope you feel better and Humira is the drug for you. :)
18 year old female
Crohn's dx in May 2009, symptoms since October 2008
Currently taking: Pentasa 1 gm/4x daily; Entocort 9mg


joy47
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   Posted 3/2/2010 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Im on Humira now Its been about 8 months or better. I havnt had a problem at all. I hope that makes ya feel better. smilewinkgrin

Southern Lady
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   Posted 3/3/2010 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for giving me your input. The injection sites are no longer sore. I never had any itching or irration, just soreness. I am feeling a lot better, not as tired and my D is much improved! Yea!!! Still have low appetite but that's ok. Glad I made the choice to go ahead and start this course of treatment.
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isergodur
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   Posted 3/3/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
wednesday2007 said...
Oh gosh, I have to go for my first Humira shots tomorrow morning and I have a client meeting in the afternoon! Should I reschedule it? I am glad I read this first!


Is there anything I can take beforehand? When I was taking the remicaide I was obviously there for a while and they monitor you and occasionally I would all of a sudden break out in hives and they would give me a shot of benedryl in my IV. With the Humira do you get the shots and you're on your way?


It is very unusual to get reactions to Humira.

I have had 10 shots now and I feel fine after them, it stings a little when I am injecting but after that I am good to go ;)
25 year old female from Iceland.
Diagnosed with :
Endometriosis march 2007
Anxiety disorder august 2007
CD/UC they don't know witch October 2008
Autoimmune Hepatitis in July 2009

Medication - Humira, Asacol, Cipralex and Cerazette.
Past medication Remicade, Imuran, Entocort
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