Curley, I have had that a few times as well, and I know it is utter H*&*&. I'm with Dave--hottubs are the best. I remember when I was flaring that bad, I would take a million hot baths all day long. Heating pads help too. I finally broke down in the middle of the night and went to the ER. Got a couple of toradol injections and some prednisone. Prednisone made all the difference in the world. Can you go to a primary and get something?
I truly hope you feel better soon.
Sorry you're in so much pain . Yes, I've had the same problem many times in the past as well as over the past 2 weeks. (Mine started when my epidural steroid injections for my spine wore off & it's starting to fell better so I will wait it out)
But when I get really bad I call my rheumy & he always sees me (usually that day or within a couple days) But if you have no other choice & and it's that painful for you, maybe you should just go to the hospital? OR...do you have any of those walk-in urgent care centers around you? By me there are several - you don't need an appt, but you may sit there & wait a couple hours to get seen. It is way cheaper than the ER.
I dont have a hot tub either (but im sure a hot bath may work the same), but I do agree that heating pads do work wonders. At least while you use them it feels very soothing.
Curley we're in the same boat. Really really severe RA flare. The joint pain is enough for an ER visit. Prednisone & depo-medrol injections were my only escape. The pain meds (narcotics) don't even touch the joint pain, so only high dose steroids did the job @ easing the joints. Plus Tylenol every few hours as well. It took about 3 days for the throbbing pain to ease down.
It came on quite sudden this one. But week after week I thought it would get better but it only got worse & worse & worse.
How's it going?