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I started breaking out in rashes and my mouth would blister, it's a lot better than it sounds, I swear. But I started Humira in December. For the first month and I half I was moody and tired all the time. I felt so hungry and I ended up gaining about 60lbs, apparently most of it was water from the prednisone. Everything has precautions, but I think if you're doctor is willing to try it, it's worth it.
Has anyone been on Humira and what kind of result did you have? Any side effects? I am on lots of meds which are not decreasing the pain. My doctor wants to put me on Humira and I was wondering if anyone out there has had any success with this drug. I am desperate to NOT be in pain anymore. Help...
right now im worried about all of my medicines hurting the baby. im on Prednisone, Humira, Azathioprine(Imuran), and Asacol. right now im doing pretty good so i dont want to chance anything and just stop taking it, but im afraid of what all that could do to the baby. and my gi dr is out of town for a week so he cant tell me what to do. have any of you been pregnant while dealing with a crohns flare? or on any of these meds? any help is greatly appreciated!!
MTX was stopped in Jan 2011 and Imuran started, but my arthritis persisted so I was put on Humira in mid April 2011. My current Rheumy switched my diagnosis to undifferentiated arthritis with high suspicion for SLE or seronegative RA.
I was on Imuran as well as Humira and I never got sick, even after being around people who were. Maybe I was just lucky. Keep hand sanitizer with you at all times. Remember not to touch your face as well, and get lots of rest!
I agreed because I got fired from my job for being this sick. I have been taking Humira weekly for a couple months and it seems to help for the most part. With asacol + imuran + curcumin added to the list I feel a little better but I still get sick after I eat and if I don't eat.. Can't win, eh? So, for the most part I was feeling alright. My stomach was pretty happy, compared to what it has been, and then I started taking the Remeron again.
My BD has been maintained by Humira 40Mg weekly and Imuran 200Mg daily for over a year. Prior to that Humira was bi-weekly for about 8 months and Enbrel was used for about 8 months prior to it. All in combination with Imuran 150Mg or 200Mg. During this time I have had uveitis (lasted for about 4 months) followed by gastritis (8 months), followed by strep throat leading to chronic tonsilitis and re-occuring bronchitis flares for 6 months that triggered asthma and now back to uveitis...
I was on seasonale for about a year or so and I was always in a flare. I had the birth control injection because while I was in the trial I was so sick that I wasn't absorbing medication. (Lost 27lbs). Now whenever I "spot" are start to, my colitis freaks out and makes me bed ridden. I've been in bed for about 4 days now. Also, I googled coconut oil and how it could effect my colitis. Does it or could it cause a flare? I read that some people use it actually to remedy the symptoms.
Nothing is working. This time its really bad and I feel scared. Doc tells me our next step is remicade, humira etc. After researching I dont feel comfortable with trying any of those. It seems that it may help with the crohns but start a whole new diesease to tackle. My husbands co-worker suggested that I should try aloe vera juice. So I picked up some two days ago. Have been drinking 6 ounces daily since. I feel something is happening....stomach feels quiet.
He scoped me and my CR is very inflamed. Put me on Prednisone for 2 months and Imuran indeffinatly. I went from 8-12 BM to 1-2 (talk about stupid ha?) Feeling great, but had to go back for another colonoscopy. I was positive everything was peachy-dory. Doc comes out says I am still inflamed and have strictures (intestine thickening and slowly closing). So now he prescribes Humira... I FREAK OUT. He is bringing out the big guns. I now find out that my insurance doesn't cover it AT ALL.
I had UC for ten years until I perforated and had my colon removed and a J-pouch built 16 years ago. My son has UC and moved onto the Imuran last year. He did have some acne with the prednisone too. He has been in a wonderful remission this past year and is so enjoying feeling healthy. The only change he continues to make is to leave dairy alone as he realizes he is lacto intolerant. I hope you will get the same success. How I wish this was available to me back when I was ill.
I am currently taking prednisone (5 mg per day and tapering), plaquenil, imuran, humira (every 10 days), celebrex (100 mg twice a day), elavil (low dose for insomnia and chronic pain relief), and a couple meds for GERD & Barret's esophagus too. I've never been a pill popper before aug 2010, but I am convinced all these meds are truly needed since I now can use my hands again without major pain and stiffness (still have some but it's MUCH better than last year).
Wow...I'm really sorry you are in so much pain...please see my recent post on this site about "does anyone have a diagnosis of undifferentiated arthritis"? I'm relatively new to the chronic, systemic, autoimmune, connective tissue disease scene, having come down with sudden symmetrical polyarthritis of the fingers, hands, wrists, and feet/toes back on July 1, 2010...
I am in the same boat. I tried imuran, after a week the nausea was so bad I started vomitting and couldn't stop. I then went into a crohns flare up and when it was all said and done within in two days my potassuim levels had dropped to the point where I was lucky not to be in the hospital. I tried Humira and was allerigic (hives), tried Remicade it did nothing. Been on so much prednisone that I get the side effectis almost instantly (moonface, sleeplessness etc) and my bones have been affected.
However over the last year I have noticed times where I would get sudden onsets of severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea (normailly always constipated), and nausea. I would be running back and forth to the bathroom every five to ten minutes and this would last for a period of two to four hours. After I would have a very tender abdomen and feel like anything I ate could trigger another "attack". In the last few months I have noticed that these attacks have been coming more often.
I am 26 year hold and since 8 to 10 month i have hair fall problem and i consulted doctor and he gave some tablets and Pilomin 2 solution and he asked me to apply while goin to bed with 1drop of coconut oil. and he asked me to use Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo to wash my hair. I was applying that and i got itching sensation on my head so i stop using that and i satrted using Dove shampoo.still i am facing hair fall isuue. and consulted Angels Advanced clinic ltd.
I am off and on Flagyl for the infections I get but that is usually only for 7-10 day increments. I have been on Imuran (100mg 2x a day) and since November 2007 and varying doses of Prednisone since June 2007. However, I started having severe relapses with the diarrhea, nausea, lethargey, mouth sores and severe arthritis so they upped my Prednisone and added Celebrex and Ultracet for the pain, stiffness and swelling with the arthritis.
they did mine every 8 weeks while on MTX, and they still do it every 8 weeks while I'm on the current mix of meds (prednisone, plaquenil, imuran, humira & Celebrex)...best wishes with the MTX and be sure to take your folic acid with it as prescribed (since it will minimize any side effects)...good luck and don't be scared...I was too when I first started on MTX, but it went fine....
my son is 13 now but was diagnosed with severe Crohn's at the age of 11. We have tried everything (pentassa, imuran, flagyl, cipro, remicaid, humira, cimzia, prednisone, etc.) and have not really managed to control his symptoms for any length of time. Currently he is still steroid depenedent and we just met with a specialist in LI that has advised us that we can add methotrexate to his current meds and it should have a 60% chance of success....
stiffness relief from the combo of meds I'm currently taking, including prednisone, imuran, plaquenil, humira, and celebrex....we are tapering the prednisone down so I hopeto be off that entirely by Dec...good luck with your rheumy appointment...it will take time & patience to find the best combo of meds that work for you...and in my case to hopefully get a more definitive diagnosis some day! Hang in there!!!
SO I ASKED MY DOCTOR WHATS NEXT IF THIS DOESNT WORK?? AND HE SAID HUMIRA!!! THERES NOOOO WAY IM TALKING THAT STUFF! IF THE PREDNISONE DOESNT WORK I WANT THE SURGERY! BUT HE SAYS NO! SO I AM GOING TO GET A SECOND OPINION. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW I CAN PUSH FOR THE SURGERY IF THE PREDNISONE FAILS??
second and third year i took imuran (azathioprine) 150 mg/ day and i wasn't responsive, then i took a combination of imuran and pentaza and even then i wasn't responsive. i was only responsive on not less than 10 mg/day of prednisone. i took prednisone for 7 or 8 month and i became corticodependant, so my MD decided to opperate : they took out 22 cm beyond the ileum from the colon. after the first surgery i continued imuran for 2 years and then i stopped it because i had a major flare up.
Anyway, she wants to do another colonoscopy in two weeks and for sure start me on 6-mp or Imuran. Maybe humira or remicade. I am so terrified of going on any of these. All I read about is all the bad side effects and it scares me to death If anyone is on any of these please give me some advice. I have been reading on natural substances like barleygrass and that all sounds good but not sure if it would actually help seeing how bad this flare has gotten...Please help....
Anyway, she wants to do another colonoscopy in two weeks and for sure start me on 6-mp or Imuran. Maybe humira or remicade. I am so terrified of going on any of these. All I read about is all the bad side effects and it scares me to death. If anyone is on any of these please give me some advice. I have been reading on natural substances like barleygrass and that all sounds good but not sure if it would actually help seeing how bad this flare has gotten...Please help....
Last year I had a 3 month course of Humira and it didn't help but I then had a 3-month course of Enbrel and it put my AS into remission. Both of these treatments are very expensive and not pleasant as you have to have injections on a bi-weekly / weekly basis into your stomach.
After many tests and colonoscopies I was hospitalised and immediately given steroid treatment, I was then put on Asacol and 6-mp. I was ok and on the road to recover for some time after this however I have had 3 relapses since 2 of which have been this year alone and to date I have had 5 courses of steroids. My doctor increased my 6-mp which as caused my hair to fall out. I am now back on steroids and about to start a 12 week course of Methotrexate injections.....
Azulfadine (sulfasalazine) Asacol (mesalamine) Immunosuppressants (Imuran, 6-MP, cyclosporine) Methotrexate TNF-alpha inhibitors (Remicade and Humira) Corticosteroids (Entocort and prednisone) Surgery: Surgery for ulcerative colitis is often called a "cure," because removing the large intestine effectively eliminates many of the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, such as diarrhea, bloody stool, and abdominal pain.
He came back and told me i had Crohns disease and IBS. Ive been on imuran and recently started humira but am having problems with my lower abdomen. my abdomen is distended and hard like a rock, it hurts to eat, use the bathroom, pretty much hurts doing anything. I landed up in the ER and had a CT done which showed my intestine was inflamed (not in my ileum). My stomach is in so much pain!!! I just want it removed cause i don't see these medications working. what do i do?
hi is there anyone on rituximab i am supposed to be starting this med after having to stop infleimab/remicade if so hows it going on it , i have severe psoriatic arthritis and just diagnosed with ms thks
on a combo of meds now, including humira and imuran plus clebrex that are helping immensely...finally tapering down the prednisone too... wishing I had a more definitive diagnosis...they are still thinking seronegative RA or SLE...but my bloodwork has been normal except for the highly positive ANA of 1:640...hang in there and find a rheumy who will treat your symptoms until you feel better...
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