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dunny2
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   Posted 12/1/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had to come off pred for blood work, and already my wrists, thumbs and knees are getting quite painful...

Any suggestions to help with the pain and swelling. The doctor has given me percocet, but that really isn't touching it. Does heat or
cold therapy work?

Thanks guys.
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
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Ginny
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   Posted 12/1/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Vicky,
 
How long do you have to be off the pred?  That really sucks.... Heat will help more than cold I think.  heat is better for me.  UGH, and the percocet is doing next to nothing eh?  Those meds don't help me either. 
 
I'd stick with heat and maybe some light stretching.  Only what you can tolerate. 
 
Hope this helps,
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


Melissa D.
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   Posted 12/1/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Vicky,

Sorry to hear you have to come of pred for blood work, right now especially, during the holiday season when it's cold and stressful enough. I'm with Ginny, heat always seems to help me. Moist heat seems to help better at times as well. I know when I am feeling really bad a really nice warm bath with some epsom salts really helps. Then of course it's out of the tub and back to my heating pad which I can't leave without.

Always keeping the joints moving helps keep them from getting to stiff. I catch myself rolling and stretching my wrists and hands while watching tv just to try and get some relief and keep things moving.

I think it's amazing that so many of us get no relief from pain meds, I tell my rhuemy all the time, when things are really the norco he prescribed me is like taking candy, it does no good what so ever.

Well dear, I hope whatever method works for you, cold, heat, moist or not, that it brings you comfort soon. You're in my thoughts and prayers.


Lupus - 1997   Fibro - 2001    Sjorens  -  2007   Raynauds  -  2008
Plaquenil, Imuran, Prednisone, Synthroid, Topomax, Effexor, Norco, Prilsec, Xanex, Elidel, Restasis


MJLD
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   Posted Yesterday 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm another one who gets no relief whatsoever from narcotics for joint pain. Prednisone is the only thing that touches it. I hope ypu don't have to endure this for too long. May I ask...what type of bloodwork? I've never had to come off the pred fo bloodwork, just curious. Feel better soon, Judy

dunny2
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   Posted Yesterday 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Judy, he's doing another round of ANA & double stranded DNA. He told me that prednisone can give false levels. That's all I know.
I will be glad when I can go back on, but I have a problem with osteoporosis, my T scores are in the 4's. So I'm not allowed steroids
for too long anyway. I guess I'm caught between a rock and a hard place LOL.
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...

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