Sorry you are hurting so much..I'm also between appointments and in a flare. I would like to call my doctor for a refill of my Darvon, but I don't want them to think I'm one of those people who are constantly wanting pain pills, so I just stick it out. Can you call your doctor for a Medrol pack? or a short dose of prednisone?
It's difficult to have such a hectic schedule and hurt!!
Thank you so much Momto3....I am going to try it...sure cant make things any worse than they already are!! I am greatful I didnt throw them out after I was weined off of them..and yes!! at least prednisone isnt a narcotic..they scare me..because you build up a resistance and then what?
You're so welcome..for me in a severe flare, I can take up to 15 mg and that will do the trick and I can clean my entire house on pred that is for certain I know that when I first started taking the Darvon, I took one but then gosh it seemed as if I needed two a few months down the road and pain pills don't really work however when you call your doc, amazingly enough that is what they call in for you I have often wondered why that is the case but when you go to an urgent care the first thing they hand out is the Medrol dose pack or pred.
That sort of back pain sounds intolerable! One of my students has bad back pain and has recently been treated with laser therapy where they numb the nerve with lasers. Its very new and she says it has given her relief for three weeks. She has to go back and keep getting it done but it may be something to look into.
I am still in pain from the pleuracy I now have after getting pneumonia (I'm on Humira, Mtx, Prednisone and Cellebrex) and yesterday rolled my ankle. I'm now on crutches with a torn ligament! At least its taking my mind off my chest pain. Bit worried about my body coping with the crutches, limping even always sets off my RA in the opposing leg! Anyone else been on crutches with RA? Any suggestions?
Plurisy is a drag! Are they having you cut back on your meds while you recoup? Hot tea is REALLY good for soothing the lungs/chest. I'm not a tea drinker at all....but, if you can find something you can withstand (or even hot water, with lemon or honey) it does wonders.
Hopefully the crutches will take the weight off you and not give you the same effect limping does. However, I suggest you take it slow when walking and make sure you don't over-do the gripping, shrugging, etc....basically, make sure you don't scrunch, tighten, etc too muc to cause more problems. Last May I fell and instead of crutches, they gave me a cane which was really stupid because I had a sprained RIGHT ankle and a bruised/sprained LEFT knee. But I found that I didn't relax when trying to walk and it actually caused more problems tightening up. I know that's not much help....Good luck.
Ashleigh, I still think you need to get a 2nd opinion. Don't give up to find answers for relief.