I thought I'd give you a positive Humira story, to even out the negatives
I've been taking Humira since July. It's been pretty good to me. My small bowel was inflamed, and seemed to be bleeding. Nothing was helping, then a month or two after starting Humira, the pain and bleeding stopped. I still needed a set of iron infusions, but after them, my hemoglobin and ferritin levels shot way up in the normal range, a first for me. I never had diarrhea (I also have constipation issues), so nothing changed there. The only problem I have is an injection site reaction. For a day or two, I have a red itchy spot about
the size of a nickel. I don't have any joint pain. I'm still fatigued, but I don't think it's any worse than before Humira. I was hospitalized before the Humira kicked in (about
one month into treatment), and had a high white count, but I don't know what it was from. I was given antibiotics, and it was down in about
a day. I haven't had any flus/colds/infections, but I probably live in "unusual" conditions. I live with my parents in a retirement community, and old people tend not to be as germy as young people (seriously, I recently read a story about
). When I do venture out, I'm just careful to wash my hands after I touch things like grocery carts. And don't touch my ears, I've read that germs enter there as much or more than the eyes/nose/mouth.
Wish I could be more helpful! Good luck with whichever option you choose!
EDIT: I quit taking Imuran once the Humira kicked in. The only other crohn's drug I'm on is Pentasa.
Post Edited (spookyhurst) : 2/11/2009 10:55:46 PM (GMT-7)