I finally started Humira, after waiting for insurance approval and some biopsies to heal. I opted for the pre-filled syringe instead of the pen since the idea of an explosive stabbing seems worse than just a slow push on the plunger. Honestly, I felt almost nothing.
So far? My wrist was in so much pain last week that I couldn’t even raise the weight of my own hand. I couldn’t hold a cup of tea or use a mouse. Now, there’s just a little stiffness but no pain at all.
My left ankle has a torn posterior tibial tendon, so obviously that isn’t magically better with the Humira. But it’s still really swollen, beyond what the orthopedist thinks is normal. I’m in a full walking boot until we decide if it needs surgery.
My right foot has The Horrible Toe. The second toe metatarsophalangeal joint. The toe is humongous and the ball of my foot is so swollen that I can only put some weight on it if I wear a big hard arch support that transfers all the pressure to the mid-foot and heel. Keeping off my left ankle and my right foot at the same time has been… challenging.
But… there’s a teeny tiny chance that my right foot might be slightly less swollen today. Maybe. But also these symptoms kind of wax and wane anyway, so even if it is better it might not be because of the Humira. But two days ago it was the worst it’s ever been, and it’s not that bad today.
Side effects? Headache the first day, but not awful. My fingers feel a little tingly but also that might be because I’ve been crutching around with two bad feet. I’m constantly tired… but I was already constantly tired.
So, fingers crossed and clock ticking, two days into what is supposed to be a 90 day trial. I’m going to keep track here because I’ve appreciated reading about everyone’s experiences on new medications. I know enough not to expect instant results but I’m hoping to be walking again before the end of the summer!