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Recent content by AIjen

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    Illness

    Has anyone on Cimzia had strep throat and/or pneumonia or bronchitis? I MUST go to the dr. today, but I'm worried they may hospitalize me because of being on the Cimzia. My son is the lead male in a musical that opens tonight and I have been holding off going to the dr. all week so I wouldn't...
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    Antibiotic use - female issue

    For those of you that have taken antibiotics for whatever reason, has it caused you to get a yeast infection? If so, do you wait until after all the antibiotics are gone to get treatment? I always get a yeast infection from oral antibiotics, but usually I don't notice any symptoms until within...
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    Internal hemorrhoid removal

    I went in to see about getting some hemorrhoids removed after I was told I had several and needed to get them removed. I went in to see the surgeon and he said they would remove the internal ones, but the outer ones were not hemorroids, they were skin tags and he would not remove them because...
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    Humira not working?

    I have been on Humira since April 1, 2009 and have not really seen any improvement although my symptoms are fairly minor. Well, I think they are anyway. I was unable to get off of Prednisone -- whenever I would get below 10mg or so, my symptoms would come back. Those symptoms being bleeding...
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    Question for those on humira

    question for those on humira I have been on Humira since April 1, 2009 and have not really seen any improvement although my symptoms are fairly minor. Well, I think they are anyway. I was unable to get off of Prednisone -- whenever I would get below 10mg or so, my symptoms would come back...
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    When to be seen on Humira

    Last Monday (1st) I woke up with a sore throat. I thought great, I have another cold. Lovely. It's my second one since starting Humira in April. I thought maybe I was getting better on Tues. night and Weds., but yesterday I woke up with an awful cough and today it's much worse (though maybe...
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    Rough day

    I'm having a rough day today. No where near as rough as some of you have it everyday, that's for sure, but it is rough for me. I've gone potty 3 times today. (I know, only 3???). I'm usually a once-a-day at most and more often than not, every other day. I've been having a lot of stomach...
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    Starting Humira tomorrow

    Well, the fight with the insurance company/mail order pharmacy has finally reached its end and I will get my first Humira treatment tomorrow morning. I haven't yet decided if I'm excited about this or not. The thought of 4 injections in a row really isn't that exciting, but if it makes me feel...
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    UPdate on Humira & Insurance

    My hubby talked to the insurance company today and he found out that they will pay for it, but it needs to be pre-certified. The nurse will be sending in a 2-page or 4-page form to them after I see her on Monday and then again on WEds. I have to have a TB test and a chest Xray first to make...
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    Humira, Remicade, Imuran???

    Can someone please explain to me the difference between Humira, Remicade, and Imuran? Other than the cost, which is astounding (except for Imuran). These are my choices and my rheumatologist and GI doctors have discussed my treatment options and they seem to be set on Humira. My insurance...
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    Humira - how to get insurance to pay?

    I called my dr's office today to let them know that the bleeding and pain with going to the bathroom has come back now that my Pred. dosage has gone down. I'm on 3mg now, but it started when I got down to around 10mg I believe. (I should really write this stuff down). I also explained to the...
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    When to call and when to wait it out?

    OK, so when should a person be concerned and call their doctor? I know - it's different for everyone. Well, here's what's going on: I started out at 40mg of Pred back in November. I am now down to 4mg and will drop to 3 on Friday. Ever since I was down to...................we'll say 5, I've...
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    Just don't feel well......

    I have been feeling "off" for the past few days, but today I just don't even want to eat anything. I just had a couple pieces of bread to take my Pentassa with since I don't want anything for supper. I survived breakfast and lunch, but really didn't enjoy either one. My bowels feel like an...
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    Prednisone tapering

    prednisone tapering I am discovering that as I taper off the Prednisone (I started at 40 for about 4 weeks, then went down to 30 for 2 weeks, and am now on 20 and will have been on 20 for 2 weeks, then down to 10, etc) the pain is coming back. Not necessarily the pain of a BM (though a little...
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    Another Pentasa question

    Do any of you find that the Pentasa makes your stomach upset? Maybe my stomach is just upset in general, but I've been noticing it more lately, especially at night. I hit the 10:00ish time and I'm nauseous for the rest of the night. i wake up several times a night and am quite nauseous. I do...
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