Twenty years old and my first time using Humira

Hello all,

I just recently turned 20 years old, and I want to share my story. Its been a horrible past year as I realized that my psoriasis not only affected my skin but my joints as well. I had to quit climbing, going to the gym, and was about ready to give up on everything I loved. I have always been pretty scared to take medicine in general and reading the scary stories on the web never helped. I took Humira for the first time last week as I realized eventually I will just have insanely damaged joints since I am so young that I might as well go for it. Its been a full week now and I wanted to say how great this medicine is.
First off, I didn’t even feel the shot and thought the doctor was joking when he said it was done. I’ll admit I did jump a little because of the build-up anxiety to getting that done with. So no pain with the shot. That night I had some anxious feelings realizing there is no turning back and I just injected some crazy medicine into my body, but it ended up passing and I was alright. That night the only difference I felt was I felt a little energetic and wanted to constantly move my feet and fingers around and kind of felt like after a coffee. I woke up the next morning with extremely little pain, I don’t know how it worked so fast but I was literally 90 percent better than when I first had the shot.
So story short, it’s been a week, pain levels have gone down so significantly its a miracle, and the shot doesn’t hurt. I’m young af and you gotta realize, even though it seems like a crazy thing to do so young, the actual PsA that is affecting your joints will take a giant toll on you in the long run mentally and physically, so care for your self and no matter what try the medicine.

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  • VickiN moderator
    1 month ago

    @seanxd, well I have to admit that I read the sequel before the original, so I know the ending 🙂 Wish you could go back in time to assure yourself the good times would keep on rolling!
    Much happiness,
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

  • Eileen B moderator
    2 months ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience, @seanxd! No doubt your story helps raise awareness that PsA impacts all ages. Will you keep us updated on your progress? I look forward to hearing if/when you return to climbing! -Eileen, Psoriatic-Arthritis.com Team

  • SeanXD author
    2 months ago

    Yes I will!

  • Cat14
    2 months ago

    Thank you so much for sharing. I needed that. It is so wonderful that you’ve had such a good response! The day may be coming when I and/or my daughter will need to make the decision to take one of these meds and it terrifies me.

  • tarafight
    2 months ago

    Sean,

    I feel you. I was diagnosed with arthritis when I was 18. It was (and still is) a bit terrifying to be taking medications that include things like Tuburculosis and Death in the possible side effects of the drug… but, just like you, I decided to bite the bullet. I was having a lot of trouble walking let alone playing sports or going to the gym. I’m thankful for the medications because I’ve been able to get some of my life back. I hope the same holds true for you too.

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