Hi I'm new to the community and just wanted to post about how important it is to understand your drugs and the warning signs you just can't ignore. I have been on several drugs for my RA and I'm currently back on humira. In April 2014 while holidaying in France with my husband, 8 year old daughter & 8 friends I became seriously poorly. I was feeling poorly the run up to my holiday, sweating, choking on food,feeling full all the time and immensely tired ( which I thought was my fibro,RA or ME) I am a very lucky lady indeed as my husband & daughter had gone skiing for the morning and I was left in bed as we where going to the doctors later on. It all went wrong! I say lucky as my husband & daughter came back early and it most certainly saved my life. My husband found me in bed with a very weak pulse and grey. I was taken by ambulance to a medical centre at the foot of the mountain where again luckily for me a French doctor called the air ambulance as I was in a bad way and in cardiac arrest. I was flown to one hospital who put me on life support but they could not deal with me as they had no idea what was wrong so I was transferred to a huge hospital 2 miles away. My poor husband was told he had to go and get my long list of meds especially the RA drug info he was told not to stop as it was a matter of urgency. To cut my drama short, I was in a coma for 7 days and in France an extra nearly 3 weeks! What I had was mycoplasma pneumonia, septicaemia, my kidneys failed and my heart was failing. I am one very lucky lady all thanks to the French doctors and my husband. The reason I became so ill was I had they said developed a chest infection and due to taking humira and not seeing a doctor it developed over 3 weeks. The reason I have shared my story is I am one of those people who always seem to be at the doctors and was sick of going. I must point out that I was on morphine patches which didn't help as this just helped in masking the problem. What I have learned is , family is very important and so is getting to grips with having an understanding of the drugs you take and never feeling you can't go and get checked out with the doctor or chatting with people who understand the drugs and the issues you need to check out. Another big thing if going away to have a up to date list of all the medications you take (I now wear a identity medical bracelet with these on ) Sorry for the long post but I would hate anyone and there loved ones to go through that experience. This as taught me a very big lesson listen to your body 😀 ps I am back on humira now x
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