Thanks for responding. I was on methotrexate just for a couple of weeks and ended up with a major respiratory infection so my rhuemy took me off it and I was doing just fine without it. I really don't want to add any more meds to my daily regiment if I don't have to - I worry about all the drug interaction and the effects of drugs like methotrexate and cellcept on the liver. I feel like all I do is pop pills all day long - even if some of them are just natural supplements. 2 years ago all I every took was a tylenol or advil once in a while and now I have a drawer full of medication. I live in Mississippi and we have had quite a change of weather patterns this winter - hot, cold, damp and even snow and I'm wondering if all of these changes in the barametric pressure are also causing some of the discomfort, plus my gynecologist feels I am peri-menopausal which I'm wondering if that is having anything to do with some of the joint pain as well. Well, if it isn't one thing, it's another and like all of you I am trying to accept the "new normal" of life. Thank you for your advice and input. I really appreciate all of your support and kind words - some days it is the only thing that keeps me from falling into a state of depression just knowing that I'm not alone and that somewhere somebody has it worse than me and I need to get off my "pity pot" and snap out of it and enjoy life. Well, I just started yesterday drinking the juice so I will keep you posted to any changes I may feel. Thanks again!
Hugs and Angels,
dx - sle and carpal tunnel syndrome
rx - plaquenil, prednisone, anti-inflammatories, lisinoprol, folic acid, fish and flaxseed oil, vit. c and d, daily vitamins and hormones
I know just what you are saying... can't get down from 5 mg. prednisone, our weather in Buffalo is nasty on a good day this time of year, and I look at every handful of meds and try to get up the foolish courage to decide I feel so lousy anyway, which of my eight twice a day meds can I stop taking. (It ain't gabepentin, that's for sure, I forgot to reorder it on time through Medco, and had to take half tabs for 9 days until it got here. Big mistake, I won't make again). I still have the locusts buzzing in my rt. ear. Can't put my ipod bud in it either. The impaired sound conduction drives me out of my mind. I learned that the gabepentin really helps soothe my screaming nerves. But, the cherry juice thought. I remember hearing or reading about a study with inflammation that did indeed strongly suggest good antinflammatory effect from tart dark cherry juice. And if I remember correctly, it was a reputable source study. It is hard to find in our market, but may be worth a try. One caution, I believe drinking it as juice is way better than taking it as a manufactured tablet. It is good mixed with apple or orange juice, too. I never got around to trying it in a bananna smoothie, my husband gets to it first.
hugs to all, suetoo
Thanks for all of your responses. Like I said, I know I'm not alone, but it is frustrating to say the least. Once again, the weather pattern has changed (pouring rain today) and I feel so stiff. Feeling guilty as well because my husband took off of work today to go take my son on a college campus tour to Southern Miss and I know that there is no way that I could handle a day like that with feeling stiff and sore. I'm sooo lucky to have him because he really is very sympathetic and understanding and tells me not to worry about it, but as a mother, you can't help but feel like you are letting your family down, again. I get sad at times thinking that this is a time that my children are going off in different directions and the next phase of their lives, and I should be excited about the next phase for my husband and I, but I have know idea what limitations I will have now with this horrible disease. Oh, here I again, the pity pot. Well, anyways, thanks for listening everyone, I'm waiting for the meds to kick in so I can get to the store for more cherry juice!!