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coffeefiend
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   Posted 9/29/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All, counting the days until I see the new rheumy; in the meantime I am trying to control the joint pain (most likely spondylitis or RA). I have tramadol and my old rheumy tried to give me Neurontin(another story for another day) but I work 50 + hours a week and need to be clear-minded. I also have IBD. I am using Advil and Tylenol, sometimes 20 a day which only gives me marginal relief from the pain and swelling. I use herbal sleep remedies at night. The tramadol makes me really blue the next day, so I avoid it even at night. I

Any thoughts? I'm barely making it. Thanks for your care and consideration!


sjkly
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   Posted 9/29/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
You seem to be taking as much pain medication as is wise. I would try heat, rest, ice, meditation (although for some people that makes the pain worse so try it but pay attention to what it does to you).

momto3
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   Posted 9/30/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   

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!!


CaMama
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   Posted 9/30/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone found relief in an Epsom salt bath? I was just wondering. Sometimes I just ache all over and wonder if that would help some swelling and pain.

 


ericsmom
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   Posted 9/30/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
 
I am also in a major major flare.  The worst I have had in years.  My doc gave me percocet for it...now this is a doctor who is not easy to get meds from!!  No one even suggested prednisone.  I was so surprised to see momof3 say that!!  I am off the prednisone for 4 months..but I have lots still...I didnt even think of prednisone!!!! smhair    SHort term is ok..right?  I would rather take that for a couple of days..than the percocet to be honest.
 
Coffeefiend (I think we are related turn
I wonder what strength advil and tylenol you are taking?  I am on 400mg Ibprofen 3 times a day as needed.  Perhaps you can get this rheumy to rx something like that?  You wudnt need to take so many in a day. My doctor wouldnt give me tramodol..said it was an near useless med..too many problems with it.  Maybe she meant what you were saying when you said you feel "blue" the following day.
 
Forgot to add, I dont think epsom salt baths would hurt!!  Might not do anything for your pain, I dont know...but you would pretty relaxed wink
 
 
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Diane


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momto3
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   Posted 9/30/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Diane,
 
Yes, it can be for short term and I have taken it in the past.  Especially the Medrol dose packs, because you get such a boost and taper off quickly, and if I remember the entire dose only lasts for 6 days.  Sometimes these short terms doses are enough to get over the hump so to speak..I have also taken the pred for a few days and it works wonders, only for me it takes a good 10 mg's to get me out of a flare.  I would rather take the pred/medrol over a pain pill hands down :-)
 
If I had pred, I would be taking it right now..I hope you feel better very soon.
 
 

ericsmom
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   Posted 10/1/2008 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   

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?

 

Thanks again,'

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Diane


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momto3
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   Posted 10/1/2008 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Diane,

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 tongue 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 turn 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.

 


momto3
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   Posted 10/9/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Speaking of pain relief, I just remembered this post and thought I would offer up the herbal remedies such as Devils Claw etc...I have been having horrid joint pain and after looking it up, it states it is used for arthritis pain.  I'm taking it and hoping to find some relief with it..

Ashleigh7
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   Posted 10/10/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm New to this site.
I have a few issues to talk about. I have had 4 back fusions in four yrs. For ten months I went thru so much.. pain was so severe that I had to be seen by a few Drs. I was told it was the Nerve roots. Well, they did nothing for me.. I went thru more pain and we thought it was best to go back to my primary and she sent me to specialist. As I saw him that day and after being examed, I was told I have Neuropathy. ( nerve roots are dying, not enoughO2 to keep them alive. I have lived witth this for all that time and They caught it to late and there is not much they can do for me.. I'm told by the Dr. that I will live in pain for the rest of my life and I need to come to terms with it all.
Last yr I was having pain in my thigh and knees in my left knee that pain was so so bad I was in tears. Now I still live in pain with my (l) & (R) knees were in pain. The pain in my left knee got worse. I told the Dr. that my pain is else where on my body.. MY neck, shoulders, arms and wrist, along with my fingers. they get very pain. I have Arthritis above my waist and below..
I'm on medications to do with the Neuropathy.(Neurontin 3600 mgs), (Naproxen 500 mgs), (Morphine 45 mgs). I need relief from all my pain that I live with 24/7.
I do not know any of you and I can't say thing about your pain. I'm here for support and if I can be of help please contact me.

Thanks
Ashleigh7

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   Posted 10/10/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey ashleigh..Your doctor told you would have to 'deal' with the pain? You need to see a new doctor.. is there anyway you can go to a different doc? Was this a neurologist? or Primary?
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CaMama
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   Posted 10/11/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ashleigh, I agree with Ducky.....get a second or third opinion. You shouldn't have to "deal" with the pain like that.
 
That is awful to deal with that much total body pain non-stop. I hope you find someone who can help you get some relief.
 
We're here for you as well. Anytime you need an ear or a place to vent....you'll always get a sympathetic ear.
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golitho
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   Posted 10/12/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   

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?


CaMama
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   Posted 10/12/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   

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.

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