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Gladys Ann
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   Posted 6/29/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
      
 
     I was diagnosed with RA in 2004---I had it years before the actual diagnoses.  I started off with methotrexate; then Humira and recently quit taking Humira because I could no longer afford my insurance co-pay for the prescription.  Now my rheumy has me on Medrol, a steriod and the things are playing havoc  with my emotions.  I wonder if there is anyone out there having trouble dealing with their emotions.  I mourn for the fact that I will never be able to run or fully enjoy things in the past that I took for granted.  Life with RA is depressing and the
more depression comes into play, the more intense the pain of the RA becomes.
 
                           Gladys Ann
 
 
 

deejane
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   Posted 6/29/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Gladys Ann,
So glad you wrote! I, too, have RA and a host of other things connected with it. You can check at the bottem of my signature. I also take methotrexate. I had to get off Humira because it wasn't working for me. I am now on Remicade.. It's almost been two years now. So, I'm hanging on and things are going pretty good nowl But, during all the transitions with the medications and flares coming at me at all time, I got so depressed. My rheumatologist put me on Zoloft. It basically just "leveled the playing field for me," I became a nice person again. I still take it but not constantly. I know when I can skip a day or two but Not A WHOLE WEEK!! How can we not dealwith our emotions dealing with these diseases we deal with??? Often, we don't want to "burden" somebody else with our problem but yet we need to keep supper on the table andthe family running like everything's all right. It's a miracle we're not enduring some post-traumatic stress disorder every day of our lives!! So, we need a little help in our lives. okay! I think we are all adult enough to be able to deal with it and to be grateful that's all we had to do. Don't beat yourself up about it. Your happy place will be back. It will sneak up and surprise you one day!!!!
Deborah
deejane
 
Current DX:  psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, CD, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate 15 mg., celebrex, micardis/hct, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500, zoloft, and now nitroglycerine
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx


stkitt
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   Posted 6/30/2007 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello All

This is Kitt. IMO depression is a big part of having RA,  your life changes and you just feel helpless sometimes. Its normal to be down on some days. 

The fact that others do not have a clue how much pain and fatigue you deal with daily is depressing as they don't all understand.

My mother-in-law suffers from severe RA and she is one of the toughest people I know, but I have seen her break down in tears. She is in her 80's and when she falls she always breaks a bone so more pain. I was with her at the hospital on one occasion when they told her she had broken her ankle after she had been told initially that she had not. The tears finally came and I hugged her gently as my heart broke for her pain and the set back in her ability to do for herself.

I do believe that adding a antidepressant may give you some relieve, others advocate therapy. Whatever works for you, go for.

People with pain have the right to pain relief. Please continue to advocate for you.

Gentle hugs and I support each of you.

Kitt

 


Respectfully
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Boo
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   Posted 7/1/2007 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Gladys Ann, I too take an antidepressant along with arthritis meds. I have for years now. I was taken off one as I didn't think it was working and found out after weaning from it ....it had been working. I felt terrible. Back on antidepressnt now and starting to feel better....not snapping peoples' heads off for looking at me. My rehumy put me on Zoloft years ago and said it does help with the pain of fibro and arthritis also. He was right. I could sure tell a difference when I wasn't taking it. I decided to seek help from a psych doc as I have so many other issues these days. We are building up to a theraputic dosage that's right for me. I am also in therapy. The losses this disease has caused couldn't be ignore by me any longer. I'm so glad you posted about this. Depression is a very real part of our lives when some of our activities are dimminished. I believe it is very important to follow doctor's orders with these and all meds. I know my life is getting much better. Keep posting and let us know how you're doing. You're very important to us. Boo

Ducky
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   Posted 7/1/2007 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Guys..
 
When I first got diagnosed with arthritis, my rheumy said, "We're going to start you on Enbrel.. would you like an anti-depressant?"  I thought, "What?.. Why?"  And he said, that a lot of people with chronic pain issues are on anti-depressants, for a couple different reasons.. like Boo said, one, it can help with the pain.. and two, it helps us deal with everything better..
 
I never realized how much my arthritis was really taking it's toll on me until my kids would say, "Mommy, can we go play, or do you hurt too much?"  That hit me like a ton of bricks.. and I decided from that day, NO MORE.  I refuse to let this disease run or ruin me..
 
The thing with arthritis, is you have to stay active.. to keep your range of mobility.. to keep the blood flowing in you.. and to help build the muscles around those joints that ache so bad... It's a vicious cycle.. once we feel the pain, we don't want to be active 'cause it hurts.. but all that does is lead to more pain.. and like you said Gladys more depression.. it's a downward spiral..
 
Talk to your rheumy.. talk to him/her about an anti-depressant that is right for you..  A friend of mine has Fibro, and her rheumy just put her on Lexapro.. She was devasted.. she said, "But I'm not depressed!"  But once she took a step back and looked at all that she was dealing with in her life, she realized she had a lot on her plate, and no she may not have had "clinical depression" but she was definately stressed and over-taxed.. Low Serotonin levels, can lead to a lot of aggressive and angry behaviors.. depression being one of them.. taking a SSRI (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) helps to replace some of that serotonin, therefore helping you with the depression... among other things..
 
Good luck to you all.. talk to your docs.. there is help out there.. and if all else fails, come here.. we'll be here for ya!
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea
 


curley
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   Posted 7/7/2007 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Gladys Ann,

Hi and welcome to the forum we are glade to have you.I am sorry that you are not only dealing with arthritis and depression on top of that.I do know where you are coming from.We can only take so much and it seems to be pretty common to suffer from depression.I to have RA and OA,AS,Crohns and Sejerens.So I as well suffer from a lot of pain and depression.I am taking Effexor ER 75mg.This med has worked really well for me,I was on paxil for about a year and it just was not working so we switched to this med.I also have valuim if needed but I do not take them very offten.I also see a theraphist as well and it has helped to have some one out side of the family to talk to.I hope that you get to feeling better soon.Please know that things will get better in time.
Curley
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girlfriday72
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   Posted 7/9/2007 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to hear you are depressed too.  I am depressed also, but I wanted to know if any of you RA patients think that perhaps their RA medication causes depression?
 
I'm a 35 year old woman who has had RA for 2 years.  Although I was upset at first, I feel like I've been battling with depression more than the RA itself.  My elbow was locked in a 90 degree position and it took at least 8 months of medication and physical therapy to straighten it out, and now I'm 100% fine for the most part, but still severely depressed about life in general.
 
I first started on enbrel and methotrexate, and all of a sudden I had suicidal thoughts (where I would have never had such a thing before) and attempted suicide.  After reading that methotrexate can cause mental disorders, I refused to take it any longer and the "crazy" thoughts went away.
 
I began taking Humira and Arava instead and I'm still fine physically, but I'm still severly depressed.  I am on Wellbutrin 300 mg too, but it's not helping and I've gone through 4 different anti-depressants to find something that works.  It seemed like Wellbutrin was fine for a while, but now I'm back to where I started.
 
Since I never had any mental problems whatsoever until I was diagnosed, I'm starting to think that this medication is actually causing me to be depressed. But this isn't something I can stop taking so what do I do to prove that? 

I just wanted to know if any of you had had these thoughts about your medication too.
 
Thanks,
Shelly

LiquifiedSkittles
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/16/2007 2:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. I have RA Myself, and it IS depressing. I have to sometimes block out the fact that I won't be able to play with my nephews, that I can't even get myself dressed normally. I move about 5 times slower than all my friends (I'm only 21), and I can sense both their pity, and their irritation at having to wait for me. I hate getting pity. I just want to be normal and be able to MOVE, but I can't, and it's always gonna be like this.

Some days I accept it, others I don't.

Hang in there :)

bamabelle214
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   Posted 7/24/2007 3:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Gosh,

Sometimes it feels better to know you're not alone! I wish I could wave a magic wand and make this terrible thing go away for everyone. Reading the various posts there is light at the end of the tunnel. Can't wait to get to the end of this tunnel.

yalinda
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   Posted 7/27/2007 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
hi bamabelle and welcome to the light of hw! yep i joke around a lot to cover the stress and saddness or loss i feel from not being the person active like i use to be. honestly the weight gain for me has put me over the edge too! but your in the right place to listen or vent or even find humor at times in the grief we deal with daily so welcome and i hope we speak again! yally

HighlandWolf
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/28/2007 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a 27 year sufferer. I don't think I have depression, although some days are a whole lot worse than others. I think my Hard headed Scottish ancestry keeps me going. My rheumatologist put me on Arava back in September, and I have good days and bad days. Right now, I am on Ultram/Tramadol..50 mg. up to 6 per day. This doesn't work. I do what I can. Iced down rice packs works on my neck for awhile, as I have Spondylosis in my neck. Barometric pressure works on my RA/Spondylosis and my Migraines. Yes, we have to vent and have a great sense of humor, and our friends network. Because of the viral infection I had from 11-05 to 8-06 then gall bladder difficulties and surgery, and a reaction to Depakote, I lost 165 pounds. Not that I didn't need to lose it..and I don't feel it helped a lot..but now I need clothes..and can't afford em!!! But it sure is nice to have smaller clothes!!!
 
That makes you feel good in the midst of bad times..and gives you a sense of accomplishment..


Even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers by night will become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.
 
 
 
Confirmed Diagnosises:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (27 years) Neuropathy (from RA 11 years) Genetic Nerve Deafness (10+ years) OsteoArthritis (12+ years) GERD (17+ years)
Mild HBP (less than one year) Complicated Migraines ( 15+ years) Vertigo( 3 years) Allergies and Chronic Bronchitis, (all my life)Chronic Diarrhea (16 years)
 
Medications: Prevacid (When TAP gets off their booty) Lisinopril, Zonegran, Relpax, Arava,Nasorel, Singular,Meclizine,Lomotil,Ultram.
 
Non-Prescription:
 
Chromium (to regulate hypoglycemia)
B Vitamins
Vitamin C
Green Tea
Papaya ( for replacement of enzymes lost from gall bladder removal.)


Gladys Ann
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   Posted 8/2/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I took ya'lls advice and got on an antidepressant, Cymbalta, and I seem to be doing better.  I am trying to get off Medrol, a steroid, that was causing me emotional problems.  My rheumy is on pregnancy leave until September 25, but when she gets back I am going to start Remicade.  I want to thank each of you for the advice and support.
 
Gladys Ann

Ducky
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   Posted 8/3/2007 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Gladys.. when did you start the Cymbalta? It may help you with pain too.. Once you get off the Medrol, you may feel like a new woman! Good luck to you, and keep us posted!
Moderator of Arthritis Forum
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea
 


songstress
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   Posted 8/3/2007 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
first off *hugs*!!!! I feel so bad but totally can empathize. Sometimes it really gets to me also..that my life has taken such a turn in 2 yrs. Im currently on wellbutrin for depression 300mg...was on cymbalta and celexa before that.

I will pray for you and hope that maybe you can get on something to help counter-act the depression!! Pred causes me to get almost suicidal at times....hang in there!!! KUP!!

Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.

 Diagnosed with severe Crohn's colitis in May 2005. I deal with daily arthritis ALL over my body, cystic acne, & fibromyglia. Have taken Imuran, Remicade, TPN, Colozal, Entocort, Flagyl, PamineForte, Cipro, Dicyclomine, Prednisone, Asacol, Prevacid, and the list goes on. Taking low amounts of Pred now & 3600mg of Asacol currently...Can't wait till I can get back on Remicade, my miracle drug!


llv
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   Posted 8/3/2007 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello, Gladys

I felt compelled to sign up in order to reply to your post.  Medrol was awful for me too.  I felt extremely anxious, very sad and angry at the same time, and confused.  I would wake up in the middle of the night tapping my feet.  I could not sleep, and would wake up at 4am unable to sleep.  Apparently, the depression and anxiety can be severe for some on Medrol.  My rheumatologist said to only take one pill in the am for the next 10 days (I called when I was on my 4th day).  I think you will feel much better.  Remind your doctor when you see him/her that you did not react well to the Medrol - mine put it in my chart.  I know the Medrol reduced my swelling, but I was in so much emotional turmoil that it was not worth it.

Hope you feel so much better.  I will keep reading to find out how you are doing. Take care, Laura 


erin.K
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   Posted 8/3/2007 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
hey girl!
you have got more advice than i can ever give right now...but yeah; prednisone and steroids made me absolutely nutty. highs and lows you'd swear i was bipolar! LOL...cry at a drop of a hat.
i truly believe it does mess with much of "norma" brain chemistry and horrmones whic all can lead to depression or depression like symptons.
 
you're doing the right hting.
hang in ther hun!
erin XOXOXOXOXO
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Rozerem; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Dilaudid 4mg; Duragesic 25mcg/hour. 


Gladys Ann
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   Posted 8/4/2007 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
The doctor gave me Cymbalta almost a month ago and I am doing so much better. My Medrol is reduced from 6 mg to 4 mg now. It will still take a while until I am off steroids since I have been on them sometime now. I am back on Humira shots every two weeks and in September I will probably start on Remicade because my insurance pays much better for it than Humira. I have started prayer and meditation and it helps my depression, as well as, as my pain.

I_willconquer
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   Posted 8/7/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Ann, glad to hear you're eating better. Sometimes it's hard having a positive attitude in the midst of pain, but it's better than the alternative. It has been scientifically proven that positive ppl usually fare better health wise with their disease than those with a negative outlook. I have a son who has diabetes type 1. He was 3 when he was dx'd and he's 5 now. I only allowed myself to cry once, and while I'm sympathetic to him when needed, i refuse to let him pitty himself. I tell him all the time "positive attitude brings about positive results.
 
God grant me the strength to accept the things i cannot change, I say
 
Here's some quotes i came across a few days when researching ra articles.
 
 
 

Positive Attitude Can Be Part Of An Effective Treatment Plan

 

 preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past.

 

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. ~ Katherine Mansfield

Realistic optimism fuels the body's immune system and triggers natural painkillers

<here's an excerpt>

 

Optimism is necessary for good health," says Charles L. Raison, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the behavioral immunology clinic at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. "There's growing evidence that, for many medical illnesses, stress and a negative mental state -- pessimism, feeling overwhelmed, being burnt out -- has a negative affect on immunity, which is especially important in rheumatoid arthritis."

Indeed, your brain can create all sorts of tailor-made prescriptions to nurture your body. Raison says these include endorphins -- the natural painkillers; gamma globulin, which fortifies your immune system; and interferon, which helps combat infections, viruses, even cancer.

When depression sets in, we're less likely to take care of ourselves, which means the brain doesn't get prompted to produce those great natural remedies, Raison says. We don't exercise, because we don't have much energy. We don't eat right. We lose sleep -- or we sleep too much.

Even worse, we forget to take the very medications that can help us feel better, Raison tells WebMD. "There's a lot of evidence that when people are depressed, they feel hopeless, they give up on themselves, which affects whether they take medications," he says. "There's also evidence that people who have a positive attitude, what we call realistic optimism, the fighting spirit… they live longer, do better… they take their medications."

 

 

 

Gladys Ann
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   Posted 8/16/2007 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I willconquer thank you for the positive thoughts. I find now that being grateful for the things I can still do helps overcome negativity. I no longer wallow in self-pity because there are many things to be thankful.

I hope there is a cure found soon for your little boy's diabetes.

sargent
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   Posted 8/20/2007 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gladys Ann, et al - I am so glad - but at the same time sad - to read all of the posts. I was just telling my husband that I think I'm depressed. I hated to admit to that because I feel like it will give him ammunition when we argue that it's just my depression and not anything he could have possibly done to provoke it... but hey sometimes it just feels good to be honest about how we are feeling.

I'm wondering about girlfriday72's response - about meds causing depression. For about a month now I"ve added Arava to my list of meds. And if I think back - I can see a definite difference. I"m very down in the dumps. Today thankfully my RA is not so bad - I am functioning well today - the first in several weeks. However I'm still sad. Thinking how old I am (42) and that its just down hill from here - nothing to look forward to but getting older and slower and in more pain.

I start remicade infusions tomorrow... embrel, and humera don't work for me any more and methotrexate gave me terrible headaches after a year of taking it. I used to be the life of the party - a real party girl... and now I"m the downer - how do youfeel today girl. I guess I'm realizing I am depressed and will mention it to my doctor tomorrow. I hate to add yet another pill to my regimen, but if it will bring back a little life to this party girl... a poppin I will go.

Hang in there - joining this support group has been a verygood thing for me. I appreciate everyone's openness and rah rah attitude! :)
***************
Sargent
RA - DX 15 yrs ago
Taking: Arava, Humera injections, vicodin and naproxen for pain - among many other meds


Gladys Ann
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   Posted 8/20/2007 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Sargent,

Welcome! I'm new too.

I'm sorry to hear that you are depressed. Just remember that "life begins at 40", and we are only as old as we think. I'm over 40 myself.

Today I feel fine, as far as depression goes, but I am learning to live with constant pain from RA (mine is dx as severe). Yes, some of the medicines they give us for RA will depress us. Steroids made me plain crazy and I'm still on them because once you get on them it takes a long time to get off.

I'm back on Humira since I received a grant from a charity to help with the cost. My insurance isn't very good. I never thought I would have to resort to charity in my lifetime, but that is what RA can do.

Healingwell has helped me, too, and I appreciate the members and administration.

Gladys Ann

sargent
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   Posted 8/22/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again Gladys Ann -

I'm glad your depression was better yesterday. Mine kind of hit a new low... I had myfirst Remicade infusion - and cried on the way home. I cried last night... cried this morning - but feel a little better now. Amazing thing is that my boss - who I think does not like me - cried this morning too... Really! He came in to ask me how it went w/ my infusion,and when I talked to him about it -he started crying, and apologizing for not supporting me, etc. etc. It was very strange.

I know I can go to my doctor and get on some antidepressants, but I am sick to death of taking pills - and don't want to add more. The thought of adding another pill makes me depressed .. ha!

As for the charity - don't feel bad about that. Insurance is killing this country - sucking the life/money out of everyone left and right. I am fortunate to work for a good company and have good insurance - but I know lots of people who don't have that luxury. You do what you have to - for yourself, for your family. That's what keeps me going... that and prayers, lots of prayers.

Hang in there tongue
***************
Sargent
RA - DX 15 yrs ago
Taking: Arava, Humera injections, vicodin and naproxen for pain - among many other meds


HighlandWolf
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   Posted 8/27/2007 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Agreed. I had to accept a grant from friends at a local hospital to keep my aquatherapy going. They gave me a four month membership to the pool to keep it going. If I don't find another grant,they will issue another. Good friends see your need it seems like.

I have to have my injections Wednesday in my neck. First time for me. I am a bit apprehensive. Pray for the dude to hit me right,and not wrong. I also hope it don't hurt. It's Corticosteroids and some other stuff. I sure need it lately, pain is so bad I cannot sleep, I have insomnia anyway, and It's been a royal "pain in the neck!"

We all have to hang in there. Fridays coming!!
Even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers by night will become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.
 
 
 
Confirmed Diagnosises:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (27 years) Neuropathy (from RA 11 years) Genetic Nerve Deafness (10+ years) OsteoArthritis (12+ years) GERD (17+ years)Myalgia(15+ years) Mild HBP (less than one year) Complicated Migraines ( 15+ years) Vertigo( 3 years) Allergies and Chronic Bronchitis, (all my life)Chronic Diarrhea (16 years)Cervical Spondylosis..just diagnosed. Osteophyte Disc complex..just diagnosed..Cervical Stenosis..just diagnosed..4 bulging discs..just diagnosed.
 
Medications: Zantac,Vicodin,Lisinopril, 
Relpax,Arava,Nasorel, Singular,Meclizine,Lomotil,Ultram. 
 
 
Non-Prescription:
 
Chromium (to regulate hypoglycemia)
Biotin (also to regulate hypoglycemia)
B Vitamins
Vitamin C
Green Tea
Papaya ( for replacement of enzymes lost from gall bladder removal.)


Gladys Ann
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 8/27/2007 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi HighlandWolf
 
Best of luck with your steroid shot in the neck.  I've never had  the steroid shots in the neck, but if your pain is so intense, you can take anything.  I've heard the shots will temporarily do wonders.  I am on oral steroids - Medrol.
 
My Humira injections have started leaving big knots and bruises on my arms at the injection site.  I wonder if this is common or something that I should tell my doctor.
 
Gladys Ann
 
 
RA, severe depression, COPD
     Humira, Mobic, Medrol, Cymbalta, Vicodin, Ultracet to name a few

LifeWithRA
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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 5/4/2014 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone... been fighting RA for 25 years... more than half my life. I find it such a struggle... I feel stressed, depressed and tons of anxiety on a daily basis. I cry a lot. I try to keep busy, but it is so hard when it hurts so much to move some days. Some days the fatigue is sooooo intense. Been in a bad flare up for a few years now... have a new Rheumatologist (year and a half now), trying some new meds... but nothing seems to be working well. Some days I just feel like giving up.
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