Posted 3/26/2015 8:17 AM (GMT -8)
I've been suffering with crohn's colitis for 23 years then developed my first recto-vaginal fistula in 2013 and I too could not use the common oral meds to treat my disease (either allergic or non-responsive) so once the fistula developed my GI asked me which biologic I wanted (choosing either Remi or Humira) I chose Humira for convenience and for the other difference between the 2 is the Remi is made with mouse protein and the Humira with human and I've heard there's less of a chance of developing antibodies using the Humira because of it being made with human protein and since I can't seem to take other meds to avoid the antibodies and the time consumption with Remicade (having to go in for a few hours to get the infusions done) it seemed obvious to me that Humira was the way to go.
It put my crohn's colitis into remission and I'm pretty sure it has healed up the fistula (just had another MRI last month to confirm, will be seeing my GI mid may for results)
I do deal with IBS though, so when my GI told me I was in remission with my CD (via colonoscopy) I was depressed cuz I never thought I would get into remission and figured if I ever did that I'd know it before my GI wouldbased on how I was feeling, but like I said, I didn't feel like I was in remission (stupid IBS) so I asked him to up my Humira from biweekly to weekly (this was just before I went in for my scope, and he agreed to up it for me)...
Despite the IBS issues, I am feeling better (a little hard to describe the differences) but it's definitely better than when I was sick with both CD and IBS at he same time (I also have lactose intolerance but take lactaid pills for that issue). I'll be seeing a dietitian tomorrow (referred to me by my GI) to help me combat IBS issues using diet, and a therapist in April to help me with all the emotional trauma of being in a CD flare for 23 years straight.
I think you should ask about Humira and if it's not an option then definitely try the Remicade, the possible side effects are very rare (especially the dangerous/scary ones) so I say go for it.