tsitodawg, I am currently finishing up a clinical trial for Cimzia. I started it over a year ago after stopping Remicade due to allergic reactions and lose of response. Cimzia is similar to Humira but, from what I've been told and researched, has no mouse proteins (Humira has a small amount). Cimzia helped with the stomach pain and some with the arthritis pain (I've never had D with my Crohn's, so the stomach and joint pain were my biggest complaints). But, once winter got here, the joint pain got worse and, while the Cimzia helped, it didn't help enough to keep me from having to take arthritis and pain meds also (which caused 3 ulcers and forced me to have to stop taking the arthritis meds).
So, now the trial is ending since the FDA approved Cimzia and Tuesday will be my last injections. Instead of continuing to get the drug on the market, my GI wants to try Humira to see if that will help more with the joint pain and prevent me from having to take pain meds each day. My only concern with Humira is that there is still some foreign proteins and it sounds like a lot of people have reactions to it and get rashes, itch, etc. The only problem I ever had with Cimzia was a reaction site whelp (and I got the worst reaction of anyone on my particular trial). So, I will try Humira but may have to go back to Cimzia if my body doesn't like the small amount of foreign protein.
Anyway, I'm thankful that I got on the trial and have had a much better year due to it. If you've had problems with Remicade, definitely give Cimzia a shot.
...rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; perseverence, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4