that kind of reaction sounds pretty severe and it may be worth mentioning. Any drug that makes someone just zonk out is something to be careful with.
I have been using Humira for over 6 months...i take two injections by Pen every other week. i rotate the injection sites...there are three sites: upper stomach, lower stomach and the thighs. at first the shots did sting...I was icing the area before and after the shot and that did not seem to help keep the actual injection from stinging....now I have a system that for me is almost painless regardless of where I inject.
I get the two shots in and am ready go in about 4 minutes. But before I inject I remove the two pens from the reefer and let them sit out for 45 minutes to an hour. I also make sure the alcohol prep pad also warms up. Then I just lay down with the pens, wipe and an ice pack (I use the gel packs they send with the Humira.) I lightly (that is key...too tight and it creates a pressure issue because of the compressed tissue) pinch the area for the injection...make sure the needle is at a straight 45 degree and hit the button. If it does sting I put the ice pack on the site for a few seconds and it stops. I repeat on the opposite side with the second one...and then just throw away the wipes...and "sharps" the pens. It is all over pretty quick.
The only side issues for me are ...my arthritis really kicks in about 1 day later and lasts for a couple of days and just the opposite as you I have hard time sleeping for a couple of days. i usually end up taking an Ambien the night after the injections.
good luck to you...hope it all works out.
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