Welcome to HW. I'm so sorry about
all the pain you are in. I'm also a student, so I can relate to your situation, although I am fortunate enough that I am only located about
two hours away from my doctors, so they are close enough that I still can, and do, drive to go see them. I'm sorry that you are in so much pain. You really need to do something though. When do you go home next? When you go home, talk to your doctors about
your situation and maybe they can suggest something. Since you physically cannot go in to see your doctors at home due to the distance, maybe you could talk to them on the phone or through e-mail? I don't know if they would be willing to change your meds over the phone, but it might be worth a try if you explain the situation and all the trouble your pain is causing you.
Since you don't handle pain meds well, have you thought about
trying alternative medicine, like a homeopath, massage therapist, acupuncture/herbalist, etc. Acupuncture has been a god-send for me. I swear it is one of the only reasons that I can get through the week, it doesn't get rid of my pain, but it reduces more than anything else, and allows me to be at least somewhat functional. It doesn't work for everyone, but it might be worth a try.
My chronic pain isn't from joint pain, but I did suffer shoulder pain for four of five years due to multiple athletic injuries & surgeries, and they still do act up now and again. I have found that heating pads, and ice help. I also use wobenzym cream, which is sort of like icy hot (I can't use icy-hot or tiger balm because I'm allergic to something in them, but they might be worth trying for you), you can probably find it at a health food store (the icy-hot or tiger balm can be found at a grocery store or drug store). Also, talk to your health center on campus, its possible that they might be able to offer you some suggestions, or refer you to places in the area. Maybe physical therapy might help too?
Have you been tested for jRA or Lyme disease (if you have ticks where you live)? Those are some things that could cause all chronic joint pain, but I'm no doctor.
Good luck! I hope you find some relief & some answers!
Post Edited (skeye) : 11/18/2008 10:50:45 PM (GMT-7)