Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Crohn's Update: Going On Humira

Yesterday I went to my GI and I had mentioned that my Crohn’s had been acting up. I was on 10 mg of Prednisone and about to taper down to 5 mg. We talked about going on Humira which I had a feeling I was going to go on given my condition. My GI said it would take about a month for Humira to start kicking in. Also he asked me how I felt and I responded “pretty crummy”. I explained to him I had been sleeping 10 hours and still felt tired, was nauseated, and had been vomiting. In the past week or so I vomited around 3 times (mainly clear things).  I do actually feel much better after I vomit though since everything is out of your system. After hearing this he said he would increase my Prednisone to 40 mg. I was taking this amount around Christmas time and was eating out the whole refrigerator and pantry (good times, good times).

I am really not worried about taking Humira. I am curious to see the how much the pain is involved. The drug has to be refrigerated (I live in Texas and hurricanes do hit so if that happened I would have to buy some dry ice to preserve the medicine). My GI said a nurse could come to the house to administer the medication. Today, I got a call from a small pharmacy who would deliver the medication tomorrow and a nurse would show up this Friday to show me how to use it and inject it.

                These past few weeks have been rough. My quality of life has suffered and I honestly want to just get back to normal as humanly possible.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about how my life would have been different had I never been diagnosed with Crohn’s. However, this makes me want to work even harder to spread the word not only about Crohn’s but scientifically proven treatments for this awful disease. 

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