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Humira bust

Okay so I was officially rejected for the Eli Lilly drug trial on account of a low CRP, no RA factor, a low IGA, and a low red cell count. If anyone’s ever wondered what causes soul crushing disappointment that is an example. It’s like having your own disease laugh in your face saying “haha I’m smarter than you!”. Anyways, I had to come to terms with the fact that God just didn’t feel like that was the way my medical care needed to go. So ever the productive patient I started reading up on other drugs. I decided that the logical next choice was to add Humira (a biological agent that inhibits certain uptake thingys. Google it) to my methotrexate (a chemo drug used in RA treatment). I spoke to my Dr. And she agreed. Well OMG that didn’t go well.
When I took it it hurt so bad I cried in the office on the nurse helping me, apparently it was to cold. I immediately felt sick so I went and lay down for about 6 hours. As soon as u got up and started moving around I realized somethin was wrong. My hands were swollen and not at the joints, as I called the Humira help line to see if this was a normal reaction my face, arms, and legs began to swell and itch. Apparently I’m allergic to something in the drug. Grrreeeaaaaaat….. So 1 ER trip later I was given some zyrtec and told to drink water. After sleeping for 2 DAYS I finally felt almost normal. So needless to say I will be needing other medication. My rheumy and immunologist are actually friends and decided thT I should be on enbrel next. Only I need to wait 2 weeks for the Humira to be out of my system and I leave for college in 3 weeks. To close to try a new medication. So my hands a still buggy at best and I’m taking drawing this fall. Oh lord. We are going to re evaluate my hand function and general RA in October and figure out how best to proceed. Oh life is fun with chronic illness. Oh well this is the path God has set me on, I don’t know why, I don’t know if I ever will but he has and that’s that. I shall move forward and succeed. 🙂

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