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I took my fourth Simponi shot yesterday afternoon. I have usually taken my injections (both Simponi and Humira) at the end of the day before I went to bed. I took this one at about 3:00 in the afternoon. It was amazing. I felt so bad before I took the shot. I hurt all over and the fatigue was awful. After I took the injection, I could literally feel myself feeling better. By the end of the night I was feeling better than I had the previous two weeks. The pain was greatly relieved and the fatigue had lifted. My joints actually quit sounding like a hailstorm on a tin roof. I was actually energized. This morning, the improvement had continued. While I had some morning stiffness, it was nothing like usual and my knees, which often wake me a night, didn’t hurt at all. I didn’t even notice them when I went up the stairs to my office this morning.

This drug truly works miracles for me. I just wish (1) it would last longer or (2) insurance would pay for more than one injection per month.

My next injection is due the same day I have my next rheumatologist appt., so she can see how little effect the drug has by the end of the month. Hopefully we can work something out.

In other news, we’re off this weekend to Phoenix for the NASCAR race, so I may not be posting for a few days.

Thanks for checking in.