tired all the time and achey all the time

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   Posted 3/7/2010 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
This may be a repeat question, and I may have already read the answer in the many posts here. But I wondered if others feel really tired alot of the time? confused I am tired alot lately.  I go to bed early and except tonight....am usually in bed NO later than 11pm, lately its been 930 or 10pm.  I live in Canada, and its winter here still, and the weather is playing a toll on my RA too.  I am achy all day everyday, even taking pain meds they just seem to sometimes dull the pain but more times than not I am left wondering why I wasted my time even taking the stupid things anyway.  I am on 400mg daily of plaquenil, and 25mg of amitriptyline daily as well as 1000 units of vitamin D dailly.  My rhuemy has told me to stop taking the plaquenil on fridays and saturdays as she said its time to ween me off of it.... So definitely all weekend I am in lotsa pain.  I work at  a partime job and ofcourse cause I am just the part timer I get guess what...weekends.  I am a cashier at a grocery store so lotsa work with my hands and lotsa standing all day, add that to taking no plaquenil.....ugh.
of course when I say Im tired and achey....I get that look ...the one that says your always tired, your just lazy, outta shape or something.  Its got to the point if someone asks "how are you today?" I just answer fine thankyou how are you.  I know they dont really want the true answer.  They dont believe it anyway....its frustrating.
I go see my rhuemy in april...that will make it 6 months since she saw me last. She goes 6 months at a time before seeing me, crazy.
Any way... thanks for letting me vent. I better get offline and go to bed, dont need to add to my tiredness.

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   Posted 3/7/2010 3:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi TayIsa, I live in the Midwest of the States and we have had a cold winter here also. It always
does a number with my RA. I think the tiredness is do to the long winter and being stuck inside.
I love spring and summer. Not to much pain with my RA during the spring and summer.
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   Posted 3/7/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry you are hurting so. Can you make your 'weekend' in the middle of the week since you work on the real weekend. I don't think it matters when it is unoless you have other medicine combos that make it necessary.

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   Posted 3/7/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the posts. I dont know if I could change when my Week-end is, probably, but since I see my rhuemy so far in between I just thought I would follow directions....until I could see her again. Usually what she says to do works well to help even if only a little bit. I just get sick of being sick...make sense? And of course the days when I have my appointment always seem to be a "good" day. So she doesnt see th swelling and stuff.

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   Posted 3/7/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi TayIsa and welcome to HW and the RA forumsmilewinkgrin

Isnt it the way that you body behaves itself when you are about to see a doctor, but runs amok any other timeeyes

I would look into changing your weekend as keep the faith mentioned, at least you would function better at work that way.

Keep updating on how you are going.


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   Posted 3/8/2010 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all of you who posted. My situation is the same... but am glad to see the sunshine today.  I was even gonna walk to school today to get my sons (and endure the aching hips,knees,feet,ankles etc) but then stupid me kicked the coffee table with my anklemad so decided not to. Stupid coffee table made my ankle so its a constant throb ontop of the regular aches.... Maybe tomorrow I will go for that walk.  I am sick of winter and just get excited about sunshinescool and nicer weather even if it is only a few degrees warmer.
Hope you all are well ((gentle hugs))

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   Posted 3/9/2010 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone ever get good results from hot epsom salt baths? is seems to help me, but only for a few minutes, once I stand up and the blood rushes back down it's pain time. But at least its a break from constant pain. I'm sorry too TayIsa, maybe you could bring your work some literature on RA, you never know if they might take interest and read it, and try to be a little more accomadating, just a thought, most people don't care because they don't understand. Every day I come to work, they say, "is your ankle better?" and I say no again, and like you, sometimes I just say yes, everything is fine because they don't seem to really care. I hope this weekend goes a little better for you.

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   Posted 3/9/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Christian B. I work at a grocery store, and I am the cashier. My boss's wife is a nurse so they fully understand whats going on. I know if I was to call in and say I just cant work today my RA is too bad they would understand. I am just stubborn I guess. I cant afford not to work, I mean who can nowadays? But at work for example cashiers at our store are expected to carry out groceries for their customers if needed. Before RA I would carry most of the customers groceries, now with RA I usually have to ask for help, and my co-employees and my Boss understands and just help. But thanks for suggesting bringing the facts of RA, if my boss's wife was not a nurse I probably would definitly do that. As it is now, I actually have asked her advice a few times.
I have never tried epsom salts in a bath. I have taken a bath though to try to ease some pain, but like you once I get out it all starts again. Plus I hate baths LOL too boring, I know if I took a book to read that poor book would take a bath too ****. I am such a clutz.
Hope ya have a good day.
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