I just wanted to say I know exactly how overwhelmed you must be feeling. I also am in so very much pain, and sometimes(like now) I don't feel I can take any more of it. I have Degenerative joint disease and have had both hips and both knees replaced as well as 4 back surgeries. Also am having surgery on my left shoulder on the 13 of Nov and then my right shoulder. I also posted for the first time on here yesterday asking if anyone else could tell me how to deal with so much pain. No one has responded to my post yet. I go see a Rhuematoligist for the first time tommarow, maybe they can offer me some relief. I can't sleep because of the pain. I also had a stroke in my left eye and lost most of the vision there. Please try to hold on and I will pray for you! I hope you are feeling much better soon.
Diagnosis: Severe Degenerative Joint Disease, Ulcers, Hypertension, Depression, non-AION(Anterior Ischemic Optic Nueroapathy)
Meds: Prozac, Ultram, Vicadin, Metroprolol, Diovan, Norvasc, Lipitor, Carafate, Prilosec,
hi guys. I think seeing pain management doctors are the way to go when the pain is so debilitating. They deal with chronic pain all the time and have lifestyle suggestions as well as nerve blocks and other wonderful medications. They custom the drugs to suit you. Plus they don't treat you as if you're just looking for drugs or attention or whatever.
I'm also going through a rough spell. My arthritis was under control on humira and mtx when I caught pneumonia and had to come off the drugs to fight the infection, this meant my arthritis flared terribly. Then back on RA drugs and finally off antibiotics, still in really bad chest pain 8 weeks later and they've just told me its arthritis in the facet joints of my ribs!!! I didn't even know you could get arthritis in your ribs. It's a killer because I can't breathe deeply, any slight stress on my chest and I find it really hard to breathe. Scary stuff! I also rolled my ankle three weeks ago, have a grade 2 tear in the ligament and still struggling with my ankle. Having physio for that and pain killers plus prednisone for my chest. See my rheumy this Thursday, hope she has some answers for me. I'm feeling more positive now. It's good knowing what's wrong. Rest is always good and varying your activities so you don't put too much strain on one set of joints.
But it is always good to share your suffering, amazing to think there are so many people out there who are also in pain!
Golitho - your chest pains could be the result of lingering pneumonia. Also, how long have you been on methotrexate? when I was on it, i had terrible breathing issues and chest pain...docs kept scoffing at the idea, but I had never had the issues before mthx and they ended after I stopped taking it.
Thanks for your concern Camama, but my respiratory specialist says my lungs are fine. CT scan shows inflammation not infection. My rheumy tried cortisone injection into the worst rib pain and it worked so definately mucular skeletal problem. I feel a bit like shes plugged the **** and I've sprung more leaks. Have a permanent stitch like pain in my right ribs and back and a pain in the left that comes and goes depending on what I do. Sooo frustrated, it is awful being in this pain for so long. I'm bored with it. Caught a cold this week and today feel it going to my chest, I've really had enough. Manage to get an appt with my GP today and my rheumy Monday so hoping between the two they can give me some relief. Has ayone else ever had arthritis in their ribs???
I'm told its very rare!