Read the full story on how I rebuilt my autoimmune system in 2014.
2012 and 2013 were the most difficult years of my life. 2014 was all about getting my life back together and rebuilding my autoimmune system by eating within the Autoimmune protocol + taking Humira. Autoimmune Rebuilding with Humira
As much as I tried to not use a biologic, I realized that my body cannot rebuild and heal (without severe consequences) with a dysfunctional autoimmune system (due to the environmental factors that contribute to autoimmunity). Here are my inflammation blood test results from 2014 while on Humira compared to 2012 & 2013 (mostly without Humira but eating healthy):
The graph above shows two markers of inflammation. Normal SED rates range from 0 – 15 and CRP ranges from 0 – 4.9. - SED Rate:
Normal rates 0 – 15. In April 2012, highest was 101 (chronically killing me). My lowest was 4/4/14 which was a 2.- CRP Rate:
Normal rates 0 – 4.9. In April 2012, highest was around 142.8 (chronically killing me). As of 4/4/14, it is under 1 and I have never been that low.- Fibrinogen Activity:
Another marker of inflammation (not shown in graph). Normal Rates 193 – 507. 6/6/13 I was at 578 and on 4/4/14 which was a 203. I do not plan on taking more of the Fibrinogen tests as insurance companies are increasingly not accepting them.2014 Humira Timeline
- From November 2013 to February 2014
I used Humira as directed (every 2 weeks). March to May 2014 the longest I would go without a dosage was once per month. The results from April are my lowest in inflammation.
– 5/30 – 9/2/14 I went off Humira for 3 months (94 days).
On average, Humira will stay in your system 82.5 days as the average half life of Humira is 15 days X 5.5 (decay rate). The results were an elevated CRP of 6.3. Symptoms that started coming back were bloating, stiff neck (enough to start restricting my movement out of bed), weight decreasing to upper 140s, mucus in BM & and fissure was starting to occur. With these results and my doctor’s suggestions I went back on Humira but only taking one dosage per month.
– Going back on Humira
, the 1st month (September) still had the most symptoms (but issues above mostly cleared up within 2-5 days) and 2nd month (October) I was almost symptom free. By the 3rd month (November) things did clear up and I was back to normal.Conclusion
My hope is to one day be off any medications but I accept this may take years. Until then I won’t give up on finding ways to fix my root causes and not just the symptoms.