Category Archives: side effects

Shingles sucks.

About two weeks ago was mid-way through my latest Remicade cycle, so the ideal time to get the flu shot. I figured I’d feel mildly gross for two days or so, and be back at work by Monday. That did … Continue reading

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The devil I know, part II

About a year ago, I wrote about how Remicade is the devil I know¬†— the¬†immune suppression and fatigue can be very frustrating on their own, and the steroid rollercoaster I have every 6 weeks is seriously annoying, but there other … Continue reading

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Back from the blackout, with a backlog

The last two months have been interesting. Work has been picking up, and, of course, I got a pile of it dumped on me just as I was heading into my “blackout period” — the week or so during which … Continue reading

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The devil I know

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that the number of days I spend too tired to work has increased. I also find that I can work fewer hours per day on average than I used to. This past winter … Continue reading

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Welcome to my normal

I was at a family event this past weekend while I was having steroid withdrawal. There’s nothing quite like looking dazed and then falling asleep on the floor in front of relatives you haven’t seen in a year — and … Continue reading

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IV clinic confidential

Some of you who aren’t on intravenous medicine might wonder what it’s like to actually receive Remicade. Here’s a bit of what a typical visit to the clinic tends to be like for me. Pharmacy I go to the clinic … Continue reading

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10 years of Remicade!

My next dose of Remicade will be the first one in my second decade of Remicade. Whoa. That’s a crazy thing to contemplate. When I was in manic steroid mode last weekend, I thought about going through my records and … Continue reading

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Flu shot timing

Flu shot season is already here. In a few days, once I get the logistics worked out, I’m going to be bugging everyone I work with to get their FREE flu shots ASAP so that herd immunity can help protect … Continue reading

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I’m on Twitter

@SickOfCrohns Tweeting on steroids at nearly 3 am! Let’s see how this works out. . .

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My diagnosis story

I mentioned in an earlier post that it took 4 years between when I first had (what I now know are) Crohn’s symptoms and when I got diagnosed. The on-again, off-again, unpredictable gut and arthritis symptoms I was having during … Continue reading

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