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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok after a long attle with the insurance company for 6 days they finally approved my maintanance dose of the Humira.  I dont know if they just grabbed the first maint dose of humira in the fridge and they felt bad for me after being on their phone for 70 minuted with thet insurance company or what.  There is 1 other patient that gets humira there I hope they didnt give me the syringes when the other person only gets those but I found them much less painful, it stung a little but when it did I had control to stop the flow for a second or 2 then inject more in.  If I prefer these does the doc have to specify that on the script?
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
 
 
 


broomhilda
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   Posted 10/19/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm assuming you mean the vial & syringe instead of the Humira Pen. Yes, the doctor would need to specify which on the script because they would be dispensed differently. The pen is pre-loaded with your exact dosage and that is why some doctors prefer them. They know you are getting exactly what they prescribed. I'm getting used to the pens myself. I've found if I ice the site and inject on the upper side portion of my thigh, it's tolerable for me.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


dragonfly137927
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   Posted 10/20/2007 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I ice my thight prior to pen injections as well and as instructed let them warm to room temp but the pen still burns me like crazy.
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
 
 
 


curley
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   Posted 10/20/2007 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried to pen one time and I told my Rheumy to please put syringe only on my script and she did.I am like you with the syringe I have control but with the pen you don't have that option.
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Keah
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   Posted 10/20/2007 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
My Doc did not specify if I was to receive the pre-filled syringes or pens. I started with the syringes and have been very happy with them. In the past, I've used pens for other meds and had problems with burning. I like to be able to have control over the rate of injection so that I can slow down or even stop if the burning gets bad.
 
Several months ago there was some chatter here about Abbott doing away with the syringes and only offering Humira in pens. I called and was told that the "starter pack" with the first dose of 4 injections and second dose of 2 injections was only available in pen form, but that the syringes would remain available. My guess is that if you specified to your pharmacy that you'd prefer the syringes, they will send you only the syringes.
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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 10/20/2007 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
hmmm maybe that is why. I just got my first maintanence dose and that was the syringes prior to this injectin last night I had been using the starter kit. I found I bled more with the syringes too, wonder if that is from me tensing up knowing the injectin burns me like crazy....also I noticed I still had the headache but it took a little longer before it began and the intensity was slightly less at the begining of the headache. Granted it was worse today had to break down and go with advil tylenol wasnt doing it and it was so bad it was borderline migraine and I am in the process of moving and even if I could locate the bottle of relpax I dont know how many if any I have left. I have rarely had migraines since after mysurgeries I think it had to do with no longer being on remicade. I would have at least 3 days of migraines after remicade if not up to 5 days.

I hope I get the syringes next month too but I dont recall what my doc wrote on the script but when it is tiem for more I will definitly specify syringes not pens. Like i said it still burned a little but I was able to stop and wait then inject a little more wait etc. It took a bit longer to do but to not have that tear bringing burning pain in my leg it is worth it
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
 
 
 


Keah
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   Posted 10/21/2007 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
The bleeding is simply a matter of nicking a small capillary on the way in. It's just a matter of where you stick yourself. Sometimes I get a little bleeding, but most times, I don't.

Could the headaches be partially related to the stress of the injections? I know that there's much more involved in migraines, as I've had them myself for many years, but I definitely know that stress and tension can make a migraine much worse than it wouldotherwise be. Perhaps as you get used to doing the injections, that will ease up some. Meanwhile, I hope you can locate your relpax and get some relief.

Since starting Humira, I haven't injected into my thighs at all. While I was using Enbrel, I did use my thighs a few times because I needed to inject that twice a week and so I rotated sites more often. I found that the injections into my abdomen, where I have more fat tissue, were much less painful. I also had smaller injection site reactions, which luckily, I don't have from the Humira. I know the concept of injecting the stomach seems worse, but it might end up being better for you.

I hope you find what works best soon and get lots of relief.
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Trsora1
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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
i have injected 2 times in thigh and 2 times in stomach. I passed out after the first one blood pressure went to low. But the next three were okay. Would much rather have syringes to control it as well. I find the stomach for me is easier maybe i have more fat there. My legs are to musclar i think. Tricia

Jenn4dex
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   Posted 11/12/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I inject forteo in a pen into my tummy and it usually does not hurt. A bit more fat to grab as well, nothing to grap on my thighs.
Jennifer
Diagnosed 1/06
CD of Terminal Ileum
Taking Pentasa, Prograf, adverse reactions to Remicade, Forteo Injections, Actonel, Calcium and Vitamin D, B12 injections.


Blaze
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   Posted 11/13/2007 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
My loading dose came in the pen form... when I told my Pharmacist I wanted the syringe instead he said he could do that, but it would come packaged differently. I only had to wait 1 day and I got the prefilled syringes. I don't know if he called the doctor, or if the delivery system (since the syringes are prefilled as well) mattered or not, but he was able to switch it for me no problem.

 

Crohn's disease diagnosed in 1974 at 13 years of age.  First surgery at 18 removed entire colon, rectum and 3 ½ ft of small intestine resulting in an ileostomy.  Multiple surgeries since, with only 4-5 ft of small intestine remaining at this time.  What remains is in bad shape with two severe fibrotic strictures. Very painful.  Any further surgery would likely put me on TPN, which I've been fighting to avoid with anti-motility meds and pain management.  Silver lining - My hubby of 21 years is the kindest man in the world and my hero, and our 18 year old son is a constant source of pride and joy for both of us.

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