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hspenser
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   Posted 9/27/2007 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
To many of you this will seem like a very small thing....you will think I am such a wussy.  But for me this is honestly a major milestone and achievement.
 
I gave myself two Humira injections tonight....up unil now my wife gave them to me...but I am out of town, so I had to do it myself.
 
This from a guy who has passed out during or after a blood test or shot ...more than once.  I get quesy watching ER on NBC.....  I passed out once when an employee showed me her cut finger.  When I was 6 or 7 it took four people to hold me down for a shot.  I can't stand the idea of a shot or sharp needles....
 
I don't ever think I could give myself a regular injection but because of the self injecting pen it was easy for me to do it....I put one shot in each thigh, it was the first time in that area...all of the others have been in the stomach.  The pain was only from the burn of the humira...If my wife is available I will still have her give me the shots...but for now, I know I can do it myself...and if I can, then anyone can.
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old


Nanners
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   Posted 9/28/2007 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Woohoo good job! TeeHee, I still am too scared to give myself a shot. Luckily my hubby is always around.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


yogaprof
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   Posted 9/28/2007 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
good job. i just learned yesterday and gave myself two syringes. I felt like such a big, brave girl!
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. In December had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now just taking Glycolax, metamucil, and preparing to begin Humira.


JudyK89
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   Posted 9/28/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I think that's great! I hate needles and am not sure I could self inject either. I'm goin to be a nurse too, but I've heard it's much easier using a needle on someone else, lol.
Judy
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


Poopington McToot
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   Posted 9/28/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
hspencer,

Not to hijack your post and take it in a different direction, but I noticed from your signature that you stopped the LDN. I haven't been on in awhile but I remember you being a big proponent of it, and everything I've read/heard seems like it is a great new treatment option. I showed some of the research to my GI when we were trying different treatments prior to surgery.

What happened if you don't mind?

Poopington McToot
It's easy to grin, when your ship comes in...and you've got the stock market beat.  But the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat.


mama2jmt
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   Posted 9/28/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Way to go hspenser!Congratulations!
~Jennifer~
Official Crohns DX-march 2004.Pentasa 4000mg,B12,Probiotics
         1 resection
Cardiomyopathy DX-may 2004.Coreg,Altace,Digitek,Lasix,Potassium,very low-sodium diet
          


hspenser
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   Posted 9/28/2007 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Poopin'...

side trips are okay...I stopped the LDN because I was not getting enough from it...I had some very real improvement, but I was still having issues with my bathroom trips (cut from 20 plus to about 5 on a good day...10 on a bad)  the real problem is that I continued to lose weight...so I made the decision to try the Humira....if this fails I will hopefully go back on trial with the Tysabri.

I encourage the use of LDN...I feel it has great potential for SOME people...just not me.


dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old


Zanne
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   Posted 9/28/2007 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Way to go with the injection!!! I remember when I was little, they used to give vacinations in school and they had to chase me down the hall and drag me out of a bathroom stall I was soooo scared of getting the shot. Now, I can actually fill the syringe for my B12 shot. I still need my husband to do the actual plunge, but maybe someday. As you said, if you can do it....
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Matthew
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   Posted 9/28/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
This is ANOTHER reason I had avoided using Methotrexate back in the '90s. I could not stand the thought of giving myself injections! ( didn't know they had pills you could take).
If your a wuss so are a large percentage of the rest of us.

Matthew

megamax
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   Posted 9/28/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
way to go hspencer....
Megamax
 
 
35 yrs female, dx with crohn's on july 13th 07 increasing my  entocort 9mg 6mg tappering off . starting imuran 250 mg had a allergie reaction  can no longer take it  pariet ,dx with depression in 2002 ,effexor tappering off, welbutrin,resperidal and lemotrogine.
 
 


gachrons
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   Posted 9/28/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and great you can give yourself the shots I guess when a person really needs to they can be there for themselves. How are you doing on the Hum. now? lol gail

crohnie42
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   Posted 9/28/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
WTG....If you can do it , so can I




But I am such a wimp :(
Michele
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
Female Dx'ed with Crohns Disease in 1992
Been on every med for crohns that exists
Several Fistula surgeries
Dx'ed with Colon Rectal Cancer March 2007
Dx'ed with Stage 2 Vulvar VIN
On Chemo and Radiation for 6 weeks


hspenser
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   Posted 9/28/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
gachrons said...
Hi and great you can give yourself the shots I guess when a person really needs to they can be there for themselves. How are you doing on the Hum. now? lol gail
I am not real impressed with the results...but things are better....just not as good as I thought they would be and certainly not as good as I think they should be.  I am giving it the first 90 days and then I will evaluate the results and decide to stop or continue...
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old


Bane
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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Grats! I know the feeling, I had to close my eyes while I pushed the needle in.
19, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

(not really)


hspenser
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   Posted 9/29/2007 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Bane said...
Grats! I know the feeling, I had to close my eyes while I pushed the needle in.

But that is another reason why I like the pen...I did actually have my eyes closed.
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old


dragonfly137927
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   Posted 9/29/2007 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
congrats. I myself thought I couldnt do it but when I went in for the loading dose the nurse MADE me do 2 injections myslef to know that I could do them if that had to be, if no one else could give them to me I am a bit apprehensive knowing I have to do 2 on Friday.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


Mar1anneC
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   Posted 9/29/2007 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so proud! I am SCARED to give them to myself - my doctor wants me to try it. I keep coming here are reading about how people are handling it and how it is working for them.
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