Ladywriter and Golitho,
Thank you! I have found some very good infromation here and yes I see the compassion & understanding. It is hard for people who don't have RA to understand.
I am taking Methotrexate, Folic Acid and Plaquenil for the RA. Its probably the Methotrexate that causes the slow recovery time. However, this was a huge back surgery, so my surgeons PA has told me to give it time. Plus there were some complications so it will take longer to recover.
Ladywriter, I too have depression and am taking Wellbutrin. I smoke and had asked my PCP about this to quit smoking. He does not think now is the time to try and quit but he would prescribe this as he felt I needed it for depression and felt it would help the pain. Prior to the surgery I could not do anything due to the pain & weakness in my legs. I did work (used a cane) but was so exhausted after work I didn't have the energy to do anything else.
After I fell, I could not sleep in my bed so I moved to the recliner and that is where I slept for 3 years. I can now (after surgery) sleep in my bed but only on the left side. I've had over 10 injections in my knees; there is a small tear in one and will most likely require a 'probe surgery' at some point. I am now using one crutch which replaced the walker I used for 4 months. This was a fall that changed my life. If I could go back in time that would be the one thing I would change, unfortunately we don't get do-overs :)
I just wondered if others had a sudden onset of RA after a 'trauma'. Your cold turkey withdrawals would definitely be a trauma to your body. I cannot believe a good doctor would allow you to go that route. Tapering off would have prevented that horrible experience. Are you taking any meds for your RA?
I'm looking at the different meds others are taking. I don't believe what I am being given is doing any good, at least pain wise. I have to see a Retina Specialist every 6 months and now a Cornea Specialist because of the Plaquenil. Feet hurt so bad I can barely walk in the mornings. Hands are stiff and painful so I try and limit my computer time plus it hurts my back to sit at the computer very long.
How do you cope with this? Are you getting out and doing things? I now go places but have found I have to limit outings so I have a day to rest in between or during the day. This week has been busy so today I'm resting, pain was horrible yesterday and last night. Do you do that as well?
By the way, congrats on the 15 years Sobriety - I know others who have fought that disease for years and have great respect for all of you and your willpower!