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Young Wife
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello. My husband has Psoriatic Arthritis. The rheumatologist prescribed Humira, but our insurance doesn't cover it. We're trying to get assistance through the pharmecutical company. If you've taken Humira, can you tell me how long it took before you started to feel better? Thanks!

Young Wife

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
A lot of people get relief the very next day!!! Sadly it took about 2 months for me, just slowly nibbled away at my symptoms. I know alot of people on this site get help from the humira people for funding. I'm sure there is info out there on old sites about it. Good luck, golitho

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   Posted 5/12/2009 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   

I've been on Humira since January. It took about six weeks before I started seeing real effects. When I started, I had dactylitis on one foot and enthesitis on the heel of the same foot. There was just no way to put the foot down comfortably, so it was hard to walk. I also had hip, knee and back pain. Now I run almost every day, and take no NSAIDs.

I'd had pretty good results with MTX, but had to stop because of liver problems. Humira has been much more effective than MTX for me, and without any of the post MTX blues. I had been taking 20 mg s/c.

I heard an American ad on CNN last week talking about how terrible health care is in Canada. My Humira is paid for by the government after a $3500 deductible. If I had a lower income there would be no deductible at all. I really hope you find some funding assistance. These biologics are just too expensive without it.

I like your blog!

Healing well with psoriasis, PsA, and hypogonadism, and happy to share my experiences.

Young Wife
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/12/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, guys. That helps. We were just wondering if we came up with enough money for him to try it for a few months, would he be able to know if it was going to work for him. I should hear back from the My Humira financial assistance people today or tomorrow.Thank you for checking out my blog, psAinCanada.

Young Wife

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   Posted 5/12/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it took a couple of months for me to feel better, but I will say that I don't notice it being very consistent.  Some shots really seem to help and others not so much.  Humira has a good co-pay assistance program if you do have insurance, so hopefully they will provide just as much help if you don't have insurance. 
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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