Humira Case Study

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S feels some the side effects from medications are just as bad at the symptoms of Crohns. For example Humira (adalimumab) is a class of drug called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), an immunosuppressive drugs that interfere with natural immune function to reduce the inflammation in his colon (Burchum & Rosenthal, 2016). These types of medications increase the risk of infection and cancer (Burchum & Rosenthal, 2016). After taking Methotrexate (another DMARD), S developed lungs problems. S has experienced three different pneumonia infections, sever pain at the injection site, decreased lung function and chronic fatigue. His SOB developed so severely that he failed his stress test. His is now taking respiratory inhalers to …show more content…
A few years ago when S was acutely sick and not getting better, he felt very depressed and was starting to give up on his health ever improving. He had mentioned to his doctor that he felt at the end and wanted to stop all medications and just let nature takes its course. With support from his doctor and B, S started some counselling and started taking an antidepressant ( ) S enjoys his job and feels the distraction of working (very social environment) takes away from thinking about his illness and sometimes even the symptoms. S reported he even goes into work when he is not feeling well, so that distraction takes away from his suffering. Photography and Astronomy are two of his favorite activists. Two activities that he has only just begun participating in. S used to have his own astronomy radio show and was an avid landscape photographer. Challenges with his illness, such as increased SOB and fatigue forced him to end his radio show and walking to take photos because increasing difficult. While interviewing S, he showed me many of this beautiful photographs. He reported in our second meeting he has dusted of his camera and was outside photographing the colours of fall around his …show more content…
He has a family doctor and internal medicine specialist in his community, GI specialists and surgeons in Kelowna. S relies on his doctors and P for support and direction for his disease, symptoms and medications. He is a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Society of Canada, but does use it anymore as a resource. S likes to focus on resources that help distract him from his disease and symptoms. When I worked on the eco map with S and P, I started to understand the collection of resources they use coping, as well as some sources of stress influence S coping ability at

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