Question for those who are using Humira

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   Posted 3/19/2010 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My nurse told me that I should always use a different spot on my stomach to inject.
So not inject twice in a row in the same spot.
She said that she did not recommend using my thighs so I only inject into the stomach area.

My question is how on earth do you remember two weeks later where you injected yourself ?
Do you wright it down or what do you do?

And do the thighs hurt more then the stomach ? I am not sure why my nurse said that I should only use the tummy area.
I think it would go straight to the muscle in my thigh since I don't have that much fat there but I have some soft spots on my stomach :)
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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   Posted 3/19/2010 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was on Humira, I did it in my thighs. My GI told me (and the Humira paperwork) says thigh or tummy so I tried it both ways and thigh didn't hurt as bad.

With my thigh, I just went back and forth between my legs and tried to remember which side of my thigh I did it last time so I wouldn't repeat the same area so soon.

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   Posted 3/19/2010 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I just look on my tum to see where the recent pinpricks are, and avoid those spots :-). I have trouble remembering which side I used last time too.

Oh, and you're not alone: my nurse advised avoiding the legs too, so I just do abdomen like you.
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Jonny Five
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   Posted 3/19/2010 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I got a little booklet with my Humira. It has a little survey for you to track your progress, but more importantly, it has a little picture of your tummy so you can mark where you injected last time. So every time I inject, I just check the picture from last week and inject somewhere else.

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   Posted 3/19/2010 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I make my husband give me the shot and he sticks me in the fatty part of the back of my arm. GI said that was fine. I suppose you'd need someone to give it to you though as it would be nearly impossible to stick yourself there. I've never tried my stomach - I'm too afraid. It seems like too tender of an area AND I was pregnant when I first started so my belly was tight. I've done the thighs once when I did the initial 4 doses. It doesn't really matter where you stick yourself as long as you move around as best as you can. The shots are 2 weeks apart, so what are the chances of hitting the same spot twice? Maybe you could do like the others suggested and keep a little picture with an "X" marks the spot so you don't forget. :)

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   Posted 3/19/2010 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I always inject in my belly. I tried my thighs a couple times and it hurt way worse in my thighs. I have far more extra fat in my belly than thighs, so maybe that's why.

I swap right and left sides with my injections. I have itching and redness in the area where I inject, which usually takes about a week to completely go away, so I remember which side I injected last.

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

Rider Fan
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   Posted 3/19/2010 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Perhaps write it in your calendar. I have a book I get from Humira. Perhaps you can call and get this to send one to Iceland. I prefer the thighs for some reason.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

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   Posted 3/20/2010 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
RF, that reminds me...I put in my calendar the day I need to inject also. I use google calendar, which is super easy, and that way I never forget to order my meds in time also!

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

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   Posted 3/20/2010 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I just switch from left to right, uhh! ok! now I did just forget were I stuck myself last. It will come to me when it is time. i suppose i should write it down next time.
I did the thighs with my loadingg dose and WOW! did they sting. Probably cuz I have stick legs.
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First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

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Chelle's Sick
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   Posted 3/24/2010 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I switch between both thighs, as well as right/left stomach area. I have a calendar in the kitchen and I just write down where I shot each time. The thighs definitely hurt the worse for me!
Diagnosed w/ Crohn's Nov '05.
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   Posted 3/24/2010 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I rotate from legs to stomach. (right and left sides)

So, I may do my right leg tonight then right stomach, then left stomach, then left leg.

If I forget which one I am on I try to inject in an area I usually do not use then rotate from there. I learned this here on the CD forum from someone.



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica



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