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  • By GodsStrength03

    Good evening everyone! I am set to begin Humira this week and I am curious what to expect, anything to do in preparation, how long before I should expect to see improvement, any downfalls to be on the lookout for, etc etc etc. I am also wondering just how helpful diet play a part in all of this. I have heard differing opinions. Any insight and/or advice is appreciated! Thanks in advance!! Renee’

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  • By Sean

    Hey there, and welcome to the club!

    I’ve been on Humira since December and I’ve been documenting my experience on this site under the title MY HUMIRA EXPERIENCE. It’s only my experience – and everyone’s is different – but it might give you some idea as to what to expect.

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  • By GodsStrength03

    Thank you for the welcome and the link Sean, I appreciate it and will check it out!

    I have a Humira ambassador coming out on Friday to teach me about giving myself these shots. I am not a huge fan of this idea but I cannot continue to live in this pain either so with my daughter’s help (she’s an RN), we are going to learn together until I get comfortable doing it all on my own.

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  • By Sean

    The shots, in my opinion, are pretty easy. Use the self injecting pen if you can. It stings only VERY slightly for about 3 or 4 seconds and that’s it. Easier than having to remember to take a pill every day if you ask me.

    Little tip … leave the pen out for a half an hour before you inject. When the serum warms up it stings less.

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  • By GodsStrength03

    I believe that is what I have. I have not opened the package they came in yet though. Thanks for the tip, I will definitely do that!

    We shall see how this goes tomorrow afternoon!!

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  • By GodsStrength03

    Good evening!

    I am curious if anyone else has experienced this, and if so does it get better over time? … I am due my second Humira shot tomorrow and this week has been not so great in the way of pain levels. Yesterday was almost unbearable, to the point of tears, and unfortunately missing work was not an option 🙁 I am just hoping that this is not going to be my pattern, one good week followed by a bad week leading up to my next shot.

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  • By GodsStrength03

    It was definitely disappointing @eileen B . I have never looked more forward to receiving a shot in my entire life as I did last week. For the most part, things have calmed back down since my shot 🙂 my right side carries the brunt of my pain for whatever reason (I am left handed) and I am still struggling with it this week. However, I did read that article and have talked with my Humira ambassador about changing my shots from Fridays to Mondays. 🙂 I see my Rheumatologist again in June and will definitely be bringing all of this up if it persists. I am really hoping that as time goes on, it gets better though 🙂

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  • By Jdubb187

    I hope you find some relief soon. Itdid take me about three months to notice any differences while on the Humira. now I’ve been on it for a few years and I think it is the most amazing Medicine out there. It has changed my life and I don’t know where I would be without it. But in addition to the Humira, I take a lot of other meds for PSA. you may want to speak to your Rheumatologist about adding in a different type of medicine with the Humira. I currently take three additional meds to keep my symptoms at bay. However, I still have flares, but they’re not as bad. I hope that this advice helps you and I look forward to seeing how you’re doing in the future.

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