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kara487
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   Posted 10/28/2008 3:27 AM (GMT -7)   

I just came back from the dr's and he put me on soma for my muscle spasms and kept me on lortab for my back pain. My ankle is no better the dr. thinks I sprained my ankle and he ordered x rays and a ankle brace.  I need some support . I already have my back pain and muscle pain to deal with and now I have a sprained ankle to  deal with also. I feel like it never ends.I hope everyone has a lpd.
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Lortab,ambien,elavil,reglan and neurontin.
 
spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,Spinal stenosis,bursitis and arthritis


moondancer
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   Posted 10/28/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kara487,

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.

Patty

Diagnosis: Severe Degenerative Joint Disease, Ulcers, Hypertension, Depression, non-AION(Anterior Ischemic Optic Nueroapathy)

Meds: Prozac, Ultram, Vicadin, Metroprolol, Diovan, Norvasc, Lipitor, Carafate, Prilosec,


CaMama
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   Posted 10/31/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Kara and Patty,

Hang tough you two. We all do go through this never ending pain cycle too. I don't know how we pull through, but somehow we all do. It's been very quite here in HW lately, I think everyone has been struggling to get back in to the school, work, cold weather cycle and now Halloween. You are not being ignored. I'm actually online right now because my husband took the kids trick or treating and it's been an EXTREMELY quiet night for a Halloween on a Friday! shocked
 
Patty, I will look for your other post.
 
Kara, when our bodies start breaking down like that, it does seem to spiral. Also, when we have a pain in one area, we often compensate for that pain and hurt another area of our bodies because of it.  We get poor sleep, making this cycle even worse. Rest and take it easy. Get ankle supports to help with the pain, take the muscle relaxants, see if physical therapy or stretching can help. See if the meds help. Be persistent with your doctors, if you don't like their answers, get a 2nd or even 3rd opinion until you get relief. Sorry for the random answers, don't know if they help, I'm very tired at the moment. We are here for you, with an understanding ear at the very least and there are many here who have much more knowledge than I do who can help answer your questions.
 


golitho
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   Posted 11/2/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   

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!


CaMama
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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:39 AM (GMT -7)   

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.

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Ducky
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   Posted 11/6/2008 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Kara.. how are you doing?
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs/Migraines/Hypertension
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prilosec/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin/Midrin/HYZAAR/Methotrexate
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots/HCTZ


golitho
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   Posted 11/13/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   

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!


ericsmom
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   Posted 11/14/2008 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I am curious...what is the difference between arthritis in the ribcage, and costochronditis? Or are they one and the same?  I thought it was associated with R/A, and lupus..and possibly fibro?  Talk about a disease having a thousand faces sad
 
Kara, I hope you are doing better by today.
 
Gentle hugs to all
Diane
Fibromyagia, R/A, Diabetes, Atrial Fib, depression

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kara487
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   Posted 11/14/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,I am starting to feel better but it is slow going . Im still having pain and still wearing my brace. I go back to the doctors on December 9. I hope everyone has a low pain weekend.
Lortab,ambien,elavil,reglan , neurontin,zyrtec and soma.
 
spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,Spinal stenosis,bursitis ,Fibro,and arthritis


TayIsa
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   Posted 11/14/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
kara glad to hear you are getting to feel a little better , hopeyour doctors appt goes well on the 9th.
Have a great weekend. take care.

golitho
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   Posted 11/14/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Kara, I am getting physio for my ankle and it really is responding now, much stronger than it was. He also massages it as with RA I think we're more prone to scar tissue build up from the inflammation. He tells me at the end of each day to ice it for 5 minutes or if its had a hard workout. Don't forget RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation). I'm still in some pain from it but try to take it a step at a time....
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