Scared of Humira-Two quick questions

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   Posted 11/13/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I find out tomorrow if I have to take Humira...
Does it hurt?
How often do I have to take it?
28 Yrs
Newly diagnosed with Crohns

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   Posted 11/13/2007 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Myself I use the injector pens, it stings for all of 20 seconds and its over for two weeks. Your inital does will be 4 shots then 2 weeks later two followed by one every week. Worked wonders for me.
Symptoms Of Crohn's June of '06 (21 years old 285lbs). Colonoscopy in Jan '07 no sign of Crohn's.
Surgery for a Fistula in April '07, diagnosed suggestive Crohn's in May '07. August '07 small bowel follow
through, diagnosed with Crohn's (22 years old 160lbs). On HUMIRA, Prednisone


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   Posted 11/13/2007 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Humira now for about a year and a half.  It has been a wonderful help and relief to my Crohn's.  I feel the best I have ever felt in 16 years.  I take the shot at night, once every two weeks.  First I take two benadryl.  I wait about an hour and then take the Humira shot.  It does sting a bit, I won't lie to you.  If you take the shot out of the fridge about 15 -30 minutes prior, it's not as bad as the cold stuff.  After, it stings for about a minute.  Then I have no pain at all.  The next day I do have some mild reddness and swelling which goes away after 24 hours or so.  I wish you luck--may you have the good results I have had!   

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   Posted 11/13/2007 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never felt better
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
Using Humira with excellent results

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   Posted 11/13/2007 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I use the pen, take it out of the refrig 30 minutes before I am going to inject. I have NEVER had one trace of stinging. I hope the Humira does the trick for you and puts you into remission!
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CD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, small fiber peripheral neuropathy, avascular necrosis, diffuse connective tissue disease, Sjogren's Syndrome ?

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   Posted 11/14/2007 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm now on Humira one shot every two weeks with the syringe,for me,the syringe is much better than the pen,my advise is to take the Humira out of the fridge about  15minutes prior to the injection,and ice the site,it really does help,because it stings very bad,but with the ice and at room temp,it was SO MUCH better!!! Hang in there!!

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   Posted 11/14/2007 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
i equate the pain to pinching my ear lobe mildly for a few seconds.....much less uncomfortable than countless trips to the bathroom daily.....
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ski bum
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   Posted 11/14/2007 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I used the pens for my loading dose (4 shots then 2 shots 2 weeks later).  For the first 4 shots, I stopped at my doctor's office on the way to work.  The nurse gave the first one and I gave the other 3 (all in my abdomen).  I had no side effects, and drove to work.  For the shots 2 weeks later, I injected them in my thigh and found them to sting more than in the abdomen.  It hurts for just seconds.
This month, I'm going to try the syringes.  I didn't have a problem with the pens, but the whole big plastic gizmo seemed like a lot of waste, so I'll help the environment and use the syringe.
Btw, I'm from Michigan too! 
CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Currently on Humira, Imuran and Entorcort. Hope to dc Imuran and Entorcort within one month of starting Humira.

john's girl
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   Posted 11/14/2007 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I started Humira last week - I did the ice numbing and left the pens out of the fridge for 30 minutes, but my four shots still stung pretty badly. I know that everyone reacts differently, hope it goes well for you!

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   Posted 11/15/2007 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
No don't be scared. Keep in touch and let us know how it works for you! It stings for a while. The INJECTION def. hurts A LOT less in my opinion. But if it works the stinging is manageable. Don't be scared! It may be a new BEGINNING FOR YOU! Good Luck!
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