congratulations on starting Humira! is this for RA? hey, i get my re-fill of Humira on the 18th...so i am awaiting my shipment too.
first of all, let me just be a good cheerleader right now and say, "YOU CAN DO IT!!!" and i truly feel you will be just fine.
i've been taking Humira since last august. was on Enbrel for almost 2 years but i did not do well on it. (made no progress).
umh...i would suggest injecting your Humira in the abdomen. i have found that to be the best place. Enbrel 50mg STUNG REALLY BAD! holey moley...i was injecting into the thighs and hip area. once i started Humira, i heard from a girlfriend of mine who has RA that Humira stings as well, but not as firey as the Enbrel 50's...she suggested the abdomen. so in all, the "Stick" itself does not hurt...you'll find that the actual medication as it goes in has a little bite to it. :) but it is TOTALLY doable. i would not lie to you for i was absolutely HORRIFIED to self inject (and i'm in nursing too!...so i've a lot of injections under my belt and still...ya do get the last minute jitters).
for the most part, frequent bloodwork and rheummy visits will keep all things in check regarding side effects of the systemic sort. just pay attention to your body and you'll be fine. you will have to be monitored for your white blood cell count, that's kinda the most important thing.
if anything is to happen, a little injection site redness or a little itchiness might occur. if you do not have any Latex allergies you should be OK. if it makes you feel any better, have someone in the house with you the first time you have your shot.
i did fine the 1st time with both Enbrel and Humira. if anything...i was super proud of the fact that i was able to do it myself! there comes a big boost of confidence afterwards!
i'm very happy for you. how is the arthritis you have? just diagnosed? or is it advanced?
let's see....i started to have benefits from the Humira just recently. so it took about 8 1/2 months for my case of RA to get to a point where it stopped getting worse. then again, the RA was way out of control due to not being treated. i take the Humira every 4 days now. started with every 2 weeks, then every 12 days, then 10 days, then weekly....so i'm at a point where i have the right combo of meds at the right dose.
everyone responds differently. some will get quicker results and notice big changes pretty fast...say within 2 months. some may take longer. but do be patient. waiting is the worst part i know.
what other medicines are you taking?
let this be cause for celebration! hoorah!
you take care & write back soon.
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.