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smarties88
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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 3/4/2010 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I've just joined after finding the site while searching the internet for information / advice on Humira - my doctor wants me to go on it for the next flare up (after I convinced him this time I'd like a steroid hit please!).
 
I'm nearly 27, and had crohn's for 13 years now and live in the UK. Lots of drugs, no surgery yet (touch wood).

What A Life
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Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 116
   Posted 3/4/2010 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I just joined the site today as well. Already getting a lot of helpful info. Nice to see a fellow "newbie!" :-)

crohnielass
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1118
   Posted 3/4/2010 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome! I can't help with your humeria question but there's loads of peeps who are on it who will be along soon just wanted to say hi smilewinkgrin Bev x
Diagnosed with crohns at 13 now 43
Reversal of temp ileostomy finally have a date 7th April 2010
Meds: Iron syrup,Loperimide,Folic acid & Citalopram 60mg (for Anxiety.)


" I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."


Nanners
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 3/4/2010 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Smarties and welcome to the best Crohns site out there. I hope someone will along soon to talk of their experiences with Humira, but I just wanted to add my welcome to the others.

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Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

medchrt1
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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 517
   Posted 3/4/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
hi, the humira is more of an antibody than a drug. it is administered by getting a shot since you would otherwise "digest" the antibody. It is not clear whether crohns is entirely humoral or cellular but humira might be considered moreso humoral since it is actually an antibody. Perhaps the wiki chart is helpful to see the "Y" shaped antibodies (humira is Y shaped and is thus a very large fabrication of molecules) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T_helper_cell. In crohns the problem is the attack of our body on our antigens. So the concept... for lack of the scientific description... is that by introducing antibodies (the Humira), our antigens have something to do besides attack each other. Generally speaking this is a protein key and lock situation ....or however you want to look at this...results are in the realm of what goes on after you receive a toxin or vaccine. Prednisone on the other hand is a glucocorticoid and is more like a synthetic hormone and its affect on immune system is different and it is primarily affecting glucose metabolism, and it is not a building steroid...it actually inhibits the immune system rather than provoke a response like humira.

smarties88
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Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 3/4/2010 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, thanks for the great welcome everyone. I found some Youtube clips on the Humira injections and have been doing a bit of research so thanks for the advance info!

Grandpato2
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 681
   Posted 3/4/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to you both! Looking forward to interacting with you.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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