Apparently it's important to prep for Humira!

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   Posted 4/4/2008 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok well if you didn't read my other post, I took Humira (4 injections) for the first time yesterday.   My legs felt sore all day yesterday but my abs felt fine.  So I got up this morning with 2 large welts that felt hot and itchy on my tummy.  My legs had a small welt on each injection site too, but the tummy ones were bugging me.  So I called my insurance's Humia assistance and they told me that I should have used an ice pack on my skin before injecting and that I should have left the shots out at least two hours beforehand.  Also, the stomach region is more likely to have a reaction then the legs, though the actual injection felt better on my stomach.  So now I took a Claritin and put some hydrocortisone cream on the spots and they are feeling better.  I ate breakfast and lunch and no bms yet, whew.  I finally have some strength back!  I hope this helps anyone who is going start Humira eventually.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08, Flagyl 750 mgs started 4/2/08, Humira started 4/4/08

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   Posted 4/4/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
how did you get your insurance to approve the humira?
Diagnosed in 1999, hospitalized once.  Not responsive to meds.  Currently on 12 Asacol, , 8 ampules of Gastrocrom, 6 grams Colestid, flagyl, remicade for my UC.  Also have migraines and take B-4, B-2, for the prevention of them.
Deciding whether or not to have surgery at this time.

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   Posted 4/4/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Very good information to know! Thanks for passing it on :)
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Flaring :(
40mg pred, Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Rowasa, Canasa, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
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