I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis several years ago.
Had to stop taking the methotrexate with diclofinac as my liver count went up. Had an allergic reaction to Celebrex and then the rheumy wanted me to start on Enbrel. It was pretty new at that time and the possible side effects scared me to death. So I stopped going and for the next 5 or 6 years have been dealing with the pain and taking two over the counter Alleve twice a day.
I finally went back to the rheumy about two months ago as the joint damage in my hands had gotten so bad it was beginning to get difficult to do anything. I tried the Enbrel but after two injections got a reaction so was switched to Humira. I've had two injections and due for another on Monday. I've notice a big difference in my legs already.
My hands still hurt but not as bad as they were. I'm thinking this might really help and wish I hadn't waited so long.
As for the green tea - I did try drinking it daily for a couple of weeks years ago and also avoided all the refined sugar and white flour. It seemed to help some.
Don't know why I stopped, other than I really don't like the taste of the green tea. Might give it another try.I worked with a lady that swore by it for everything.I don't remember her ever being sick
Hope you don't wait as long as I did. Eventually the arthritis will take over if we don't fight it. I would much prefer not to have to take drugs but I fear being crippled more than the possible side effects at this point.
I wish you the best.
I can relate to the fatigue. Some days when there's a bad flare up it's an effort to get up and dressed. I took care of my Mom for a year and a half after my Dad passed and it was pretty hard sometimes lifting her and caring for her when I was having so much pain myself. She was a tiny person or I wouldn't have been able to do it.
But with God's help we made it through till her passing last June. I'd go through it all again to have her back for even a day. My hands really got worse after her sickness and all the stress of her being in the hospital and having to make the decision not to implant a feeding tube. Stress can really affect his disease. But I can say the Humira is helping. My legs, knees and feet are way better lately and am hoping it will eventually help the pain in my hands also.
As far as the fatigue, I learned that sometimes I just have to rest whether I want to or not. That's not always easy when you have a little one running around. Maybe Mom could take a nap when baby naps? That's what I did when caring for Mom. When she took her afternoon nap I rested too. Some days we just have to do the best we can.
Hang in there - wishing you better Days,
Photographermomof2, I am sorry to hear you are having such a time. I am new here too so unfortunately I do not have any ideas of what can help you. I can offer my support and offer to "listen" when you need to vent. I'm a 33 year young mom of 4 boys. I have 2 stepsons(15,13) and my two little ones (5,3), so I understand your reservations about things being a young mom. Hope you have a "good day". ((gentle hugs))
I too have RA and a host of other issues. I was exactly where you were about a year and a half ago. I was 39 when I was diagnosed with 3 kids at home.
Hang in there, I never thought it would get better but it does. Try to focus on one day at a time.
I live in eastern Ontario, Canada and yes, the cold and dampness definetely places a big role with pain and inflammation. With the right combination of meds things will get better. As you've probably seen, the support here is phenomenal. My email is available and if you ever want to chat I'd like to as well!
I don't think I've tried it, unless the generic name is Indocid. Is it a suppository? I am going to do some research on it though. Let me know how it works, I am seeing my Rheumy on Tuesday and if it something that works for pain it would be great.