I find your history interesting. I was on remicade for 10 years, and it was a God send. I developed other complications and was far from perfect, but I maintained a decent life. This winter I began to bleed horribly and felt poorly. The blood work was not good, antibody test came back with a high positive; I now developed strong antibodies against Remicade
In my appointment with Dr last week, he told me that Humira and Remicade were both made from rat molecules, so it would likely that I would also have antibodies to Humira, as well, and wants me to try Cimzia. He said Entyvia would be the next resort. I believe there was something that I could go from Cimzia to Entyvia but not the other way around. Also, in the last 6+ month, I stopped taking Imuran, because I felt I was doing pretty well with Remicade and Asacol (now Delzicol). I thought Imuran was unnecessary. Now with my big flare, confirmed with a colonoscopy, he thought I could hold tight with Delzicol and canasa until Cimizia is approved. I couldn't handle those canasa suppositories; they made me sick! My diarrhea has calmed down but I still have the bleeding. In addition, I keep getting a low-grade fever and/or sometimes feel so fatigued that I feel like I can't move. Unsure why??
I'm forcing myself to eat a lot so I don't lose weight and empty carbs and protein seem to be working 'ok'. Yesterday another GI at practice said I should go with 30 mg of pred and taper each week as a stop-gap measure until I get rolling on Cimzia. I REALLY hate to take PRED, but should I? I also wondered why Dr didn't have me go back on Imuran; wouldn't that help in the interim?
I have good insurance, but I'm told the Cimzia rep handles it directly with my insurance. I wish they'd get it done NOW.
I developed bad arthritis about 4-5 years ago, def. caused by Crohn's but the remicade was still working until recently. So, Angelique02, I probably offered more questions than answers...
I can't speak to the pregnancy issues; my only is now 21.
I hope your pregnancy goes well, and the Crohn's calms down for you!