As this photo of my left hand illustrates, Humira doesn’t seem to be doing anything for my psoriasis. My last injection was on July 5th. I take my next injection on July 19th. I was originally going to run out of Humira on June 21st, but I could order a partial shipment of the drug.
I don’t see my dermatologist till July 20. Then, hopefully, she will have me stop with the Humira and have me try something else. Something that will hopefully work.
I’m actually wondering if my Humira injections were really just placebos in that Humira is supposed to weaken your autoimmune system. That’s the whole point. But, unfortunately, the negative side to an autoimmune inhibitor is that it makes you highly susceptible to infections and other similar communicable diseases. For example, I came down with pneumonia while taking Raptiva, another autoimmune inhibitor used to treat psoriasis that has since been taken off the market because it kills people.
Sheri came down with a pretty nasty cold last week. Normally I am the one in our relationship who gets the flu and/or colds, while she doesn’t. I figured since I was on Humira, it was only a matter of time before I started sneezing too.
I never got her cold. This is the first time I can remember her getting a cold and me not getting it.
I’m getting to the point where I have just about had it with psoriasis. Though in retrospect, I’m glad that I never bothered to learn how to play the guitar or got into making clay pots on one of those spinning wheels, I wish I had pursued a career in something where I didn’t need to use my hands. As luck would have it, I became an electronics technician. Unfortunately, I am required to use my hands quite a bit. Not only are there many days where I cannot use my hands properly because the psoriasis is so thick, but my hands are also constantly in pain.
It makes doing things like surface mount soldiering all but impossible. In addition, working with my hands often causes my fingers to bleed.
I feel as though I am quickly running out of options. I’ve tried ointments, steroids, UV laser treatments, chemotherapy, Raptiva, and now Humira. What’s next? I feel like I’m getting to the end of my options.