I think I might be able to see remission at the end of this tunnel. I still have some thumb pain and some ghost pains in my wrist, but my feet are easing up, as is my hip. I’m at 20 mg of MTX weekly, 40 mg. Humira every 10 days, 400 mg. Plaquenil daily, and still hanging in with 5 mg. Prednisone a day. The proof in the pudding will be when I can completely come off of the Prednisone. I might have to go weekly on Humira to do that, though.
Humira is a weird drug. I do sometimes have what I call the Humira hangover where I feel wiped out the day of or after an injection. Sometimes it’ll be delayed a few days. I also have strange ear fullness akin to pain and sore throat and some increased allergy like nasal symptoms. I guess that is a small price to pay to be able to hold a cup again, get dressed, walk.
I was virtually pain free the week before school started again, but I guess stress really does exacerbate symptoms, so starting back to school has been a bit of a set back. I am just trying to get enough sleep each night. The extra exercise on school days is good though. I walk 7500 steps just during a reg school day and it doesn’t take much extra to get 10,000.
I’d like to hear from you if you take Humira, and especially if you take it for RA. Leave a comment about your experience. Has it worked? How long have you been on it? Side effects?
PS: I am starting year 19 of teaching Special Education and year 2 of teaching elementary Autism. I love my class this year and I’m looking forward to a great year.