Post Edited (CaMama) : 3/25/2006 9:12:44 AM (GMT-7)
Once you get the right med combo in you, hopefully, the pain will ease up considerable and/or go away. You may still get flares, but as long as you can relief for the most part, that will make a big difference. I've found that my 'new pains' are often at their worst in the beginning - unfortunately lasting quite a few months at a minimum......I don't know if I just get used to a certain level of pain after a while and the flares make them noticable or if the pain actually does subside quite a bit (which, I think is the most of the cases) - but I do seem to have really bad pain for a while - like the problem is 'breaking in' that new joint for a while then it's just a maintenance thing. Very strange.
As you may have seen in the other post regarding hands - some people offered some good advice on what they use to soothe their hands, such as a parafin machine (which I may have to ask for as my birthday present this summer!) I've never heard of piroxicam - good luck, I hope it kicks in soon and gives you much relief!
It sounds like you are getting support at work, that is awesome. My husband has worked for a grocery store for 19 years now and it's taken quite a toll on his body. He has a few knuckles that are really awful and swollen all the time.
I have psoriatic arthritis. I was diagnoses with Juvinile Rhuematoid Arthritis (JRA) at age 11 (I'm 35 now.) My mom said I started complaining around age 7, but it took years of doctors and testing before they figured out what was wrong. No one could figure out where I got it from. I had rubella (German measles) as a child, my guess is that is the culprit. It was suggested to me in 96/97 by a doctor that I had psoriatic arthritis, or at least rhumatoid with autoimmune disorder. The psoriatic arthritis was later confirmed by a rhuematologist in either 2000 or 2001.
Currently I'm taking Plaquenil. It is helping me a lot - I wish I didn't have flares, but what can you do? Drugs like Feldene, Voltaren, etc., never did much for me, however NOW I do get some relief from ibprofin since a lot of my problems cause muscle and tissue pain as well.