I've been reading this forum under many different topics. Due to many health issues. After 3 years of struggling with pain my doctors have finally got their heads together and believe the pain in my hands, lower back and ankles is due to RA. My Hemocologist confirmed this last week and I'm scheduled to see the Rheumatologist on the 19th.
From what I understand there is only medication to slow down the progression and what damage is done is permanent. X-rays indicate that atleast half of the cartlidge in my hands and right ankle is destroyed. My left ankle is not as severe but still has damage and causes excruciating pain.
Does anyone know if the medication will help with the pain? It has gotten to the point that I cannot walk more than 50 feet without having to sit down because of the pain in my ankles and I can't even brush my daughter's hair without the wrist pain bringing me to tears.
I really don't like the idea of having to take pain medication the rest of my life but not sure if there is any alternative until I see the doctor. I am a 38 yr old female and already on disability for bi-polar, severe anxiety, asthma, severe sleep apnea (sleeping with a CPAP machine) and motor function issues. Needless to say, I already take a handful of medications.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm scared that I'm going to permanently lose my ability to do the things with my kids that I used to be able to do.