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   Posted 7/15/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
I'm new to this forum so I apologize in advance if this has been talked about a lot or if there are other threads about this.
I've had Crohn's disease for almost 4 years now and it hasn't been pretty. Right now, I believe I'm flaring up. As for meds, I'm currently talking entocort, cipro, iron supplements, and just recently azathioprine. I had a doctor appointment today and he was very eager to start me on Humira. I convinced him to hold it off for 4 weeks because he at first told me if azathioprine helped I didn't have to take Humira.
I am basically really confused about all of this. I do not know if I should start taking Humira. I've research a bit about it but I was looking for some first hand experiences from anyone who is on Humira and is willing to shed some light. I have a lot of questions and concerns. For example, the long term effect on my immune system and body. Also, if I start it and after a couple of month my symptoms are gone, can I eat some of the foods I gave up, or will they still remain as triggers? I've lived with symptoms for 4 years, I forgot how it is to not have stomach cramps throughout the day or pain after eating etc. Will it really make the pain go away?
Any experiences and comments will be highly appreciated. What are some of the pros and cons?

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   Posted 7/15/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
You might like to read the relevant posts in the new meds thread (you can see it in my signature) and then check back afterwards if you still have questions you'd like answered :-).

Good luck with your decision,

Co-Moderator Crohn's Forum.

New meds thread

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   Posted 7/15/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had my colonoscopy today and read my paperwork. The doc wants me to start on Humira when I go back for my follow up. Reading the websites and all of the side effects are really scary!!! I have had Remicade before for about a year without any problems so I hope that this will be the same, however giving my self injections is terrifying. Wish me luck!
Diagnosed 1992 during 2nd pregnancy. Meds: Pentasa, Prilosec

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   Posted 7/15/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you ivy6 I will check it out.
and good luck hcv299!
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