Thanks for the responses, guys/gals.
I finally started Cimzia today. A very sweet lady at the Cimzia help line had to go above and beyond to get the local Cimzia trained home health nurse to call me. It took five days of numerous phone calls. Anyway, I digress...
The guy showed up this morning. I was amazed at how long it took to reconstitute the solution. I must admit, I was getting a bit anxious about the whole thing. The needle is huge (23 gauge), long, and the solution is *very* thick. Seriously thick. Like it took him *five minutes* to draw the stuff from the bottle into the syringe. And no, I'm not kidding.. it really took him five minutes to draw the stuff into the syringe. He'd pull the syringe plunger back, and get about one drop out of the bottle every fifteen seconds. Did I mention how thick this stuff is??
I'm usually *very* tough about needles, shots, all that stuff, but I was actually getting nervous. So while he finished drawing the syringes, I got out an ice pack and iced up my thighs.
This guy was a pro. I didn't feel *a thing*. Probably the most painless shots I've ever had in my life. These shots are sooooooooooo much easier and less painful than Humira, it's not even comparable.
Within about two hours after my Humira injections, I'd start getting fatigue and the "Humira headache". I'm *very* happy to report that it's been five hours since my Cimzia injections, and I have zero fatigue, and no headache. Wow, I hope it stays this way.
I'm sure hoping I have a positive response in the Crohn's department quickly; I've cut the prednisone back to 15mg/day due to very bad mood swings, and it seems that anytime I go under 20, I start to flare. I've had four very bad cramp sessions so far today, two of which were completely non-productive; just sit in pain on the porcelain while nothing happens. Yeesh, I hate that. It's partly my fault, though. In addition to cutting back on the pred, I had a glass of orange juice yesterday. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Anyway, enough of my ramblings... I'm still anxiously awaiting to hear from everyone with their Cimzia experiences.... Love the stuff that's been posted so far.... keep it coming! :)
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Entocort 9 mg/day, Prednisone 20 mg/day, started Humira 1/22/08, started 100 mg of Azasan (Imuran) 2/20/08. Increased Azasan to 150 mg 10/15/08. Discontinued Humira 11/03/08 after extreme fatigue and moderate muscle aches. Hoping to start Cimzia around Thanksgiving.
I'm convinced that Prednisone is the root of all evil, and primarily responsible for global warming.