Hi there and welcome to the forum! Maybe others can give you better info on what meds they take that work for them...I only take Advil and Tylenol because I am allergic to so many opiate type medications that might really take the edge off. A few things I can add is that my father had RA and I went to many doctor appointments with him. It was obvious he had it...twisted fingers and red swollen joints. We were told that with RA the symptoms are bilateral...in both hands or both knees etc. Also blood work for RA factor is not always correct...ANA's are also wrong many times. All you need is a hang nail to show a high ANA reading. His RA factor came back negative twice and his sed rate normal...even though he was riddled with the disease. I guess I am suggesting that it is good that you get a good rhuemy that you have confidence in and will not just nonchalently diagnosis you because he wants to say 'something.' And if one set of blood work tests don't make sense...have them done again.
Some doctors still do not treat fibro with the respect it deserves. I heard it was all in my head for several years before be dx'd. Finding the right doctor is key. Prednisone is useless for fibro...at least that is what my doc told me. I would think that if you really had RA, it would be helping with the pain.
Moist heat, light exercise and a good nights sleep...that's what helps me the most.
Hi again. Thank you all for your kind words and support. I feel better already!
Me and my heating pad spend time together all the time LOL. It's like it is attached to me sometimes. As for those you who mentioned the vitamin D deficiency; I'd never heard that. Great question to ask the doc. This time I'm making a list!!!
I wish we had a pool..... I think that would help so much just getting the exercise. hmmmm maybe insurance will pay as therapy???? We can always wish. I'll definitely check out the fibro 101 thread. Never can learn too much.