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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 7/5/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
cool     Hello my name is davina and i am 29yrs old with a 1yr old.
I have been experiencing joint pain, swelling and general unwellness for about 6 months now
i am in pain costantly and trying to look after a 1yr old is so difficault when your body don't want to move, lol i fell like a walking iron board most evenings and mornings. (sound stupid i know, sorry)!
my doctor is very good as he specalises in rhematoid problems and understands why when i say i can't work in my job as a waitress he understands and signed me off work.
i am current waiting to see a rhuemy but seams like forever, will see him on the 20th so fingers crossed.
i was just wondering if any one is taking tramadol for pain and does it help them as it seams to help on most days but other days i am in agony like 2day, and also i am not really experiencing much swelling only on my knees and hands, is this normal?
I am also on diclofenc 75, prednisolone 10mg and amitriptyline 10 mg.
i was on 15mg of prednisolone but i was getting really bad headaches and sickness and dizzyness and still getting pain with this med , thought this should ease or stop?
to top this off i have a big hurnia for my c section scar after having my son so its not nice to be me  cry
i'm so sorry to have wrote so much and if you read it all thank you
davina x turn

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   Posted 7/6/2010 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Davina and welcome to the forum. I am sorry to hear that you are so young and suffering so much! Unfortunately, it is pain that usually brings people here, but it is the friendship that keeps them around! I am newly dx with RA and waiting to see a Rheumy, also, however, I am not new to chronic pain. I hurt my lower back 3 years ago and have severe nerve impingement along with the back pain. I know that some people get a lot of swelling and some don't. The prednisone is what helps with the inflammation. Sorry you are not able to take that. It has worked wonders for the 2 major flares I have had so far. I do notice a slight headache from it, also....but it saved me when I really needed it.

I am not familiar with tramadol either. I was already on pain meds for my back, when the RA started, so they did not change anything on my pain meds.

Sorry I do not have a lot of information for you, but I still wanted to welcome you and tell you that you are not alone. There are a lot of caring people here that really understand.

You might check with the people on the chronic pain section about the pain meds. I spend a lot of time there and there are many great people on that sight who may know more!!

Anyway, keep us updated and take care of you!


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   Posted 7/6/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Davina
Sorry you are feeling so lousy and caring for a young child. My children were grown when I came down with RA- I don't know how you do it.
I have taken tramadol with not much success with pain relief.
It doesn't sound like you are taking a DMARD which is very important for getting you to a place of comfort and to slow or stop the progression of RA. Maybe it is because you have not been to a rheumatologist yet?? Or maybe you are still breast feeding?
I remember that stiffness and pain when my RA began- not fun at all. Please know when you get on the right meds you will regain pretty good normalcy.
All the best to you!
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