Hi weary and ant, I think its pretty common to not tell those close to us if we're in pain or not. People just want everyone to be good all the time they can't stand the thought of pain.... I try to cover up pain most of the time with those close to me and just down load it all here when I'm overwhelmed.
Its not that they don't care about us its just they can't fx us so they get annoyed with us instead. At least I think thats whats going on?
Weary to answer your earlier question my stiffness is fairly non existant once I'm on the biologicals. Humira, remicade and now orencia seem to wipe out stiffness with a magic wand. I wake and hobble into the bathroom, jump in the shower and the heat just sends the stiffness on its way! I can get a bit stiff from overuse of a limb but compared to being off the biologicals when I could be struggling for an hour or two to get myself moving. Hope this helps.
I'm sorry the humira wasn't working for you, I found that med a wonder drug for me, until it stopped working after my surgery to remove my ovaries. Actually finally got permission to start taking HRT, I just started last Friday so keen to see whether it helps the joints or not. I have been basically flaring ever since that surgery last Sept until my massive flare late April. Now I feel fairly good, joints undercontrol, just really tired. Tiredness is ruling my days. I'm hoping my rheumy will let me drop off the prednisone and then I can get back to sleeping. Seemingly the HRT will help my insomnia too. The wonders of oestrogen!
So hanging out for late June when I next see the rheumy. Starting a course for people living with RA run by my local Pain Management team. It was suppose to sart last tuesday but they rang and put it off a week. I'm hoping just talking to other sufferers will help even if the course is stupid. Oh I am so positive!
Hope you two are good, I'm going to rest before going in to work for the afternoon, golitho