First important question: When is your Daughter getting married? How exciting! I love weddings. :)
I read somewhere that you could have the Cortisone shots every 2 months but my Rheumy said he would not give them sooner than every 3 months. Thankfully, they work for me. I have only had 2 in my left knee so far and about
3 in my hip through the years. None since 2009. I suppose circumstances could change how often a patient is given a shot. I just read that a risk factor of cortisone shots can be a flare up and swelling in the joint. Wonderful! That is what we are trying to get away from.
I have to walk funny too sometimes, as you mentioned.
I was taking 12 mg Pred and 100 mg Tramadol, 4 times a day. I confess, I was taking more than that. The pain was excruciating. Plus other drugs. We were having my Mom and other family members over to our place for Christmas, so my Rheumy raised my Pred to 30 mg which helped me get through the holidays. I'm down to 11 Pred now, I am off the Tramadol(no withdrawal) since it did not work for me and on Morphine indeed. Plus I have been on Xeljanz since April. I do not like taking drugs either but I hate the pain and inflammation worse, so I may as well take what I need.
My CRP was 68.2. Last one was down to 52.6. I expect to see it in the 30,s when I test this month since I have been feeling better. What was your last CRP Tondeb?
RA causes inflammation and pain. Inflammation is bad for every part of the body.
Pain is bad for the soul. Pred gets rid of inflammation and pain at the right dose and usually the doseage is lowered after the inflammation and pain is much less or gone. Short term at higher dose.
Cataracts normally develop after a higher dose and prolonged use of Pred. I had my cataracts out years ago. They put nice new lens in, so I can see better.
I do not get depressed either. When I am in so much pain that I can not move, I cry a bit. Then I get MAD at the pain. I get up slowwwwwwly and push my way through the pain, to my meds and walk around until they start working. That was before the Morphine and Xeljanz.
I hope that you are having a better day Tondeb.
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Hypounawareness - secondary Raynauds - Osteoarthritis - other stuff
Coversyl - Pantoloc(as irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indomethacin - Morphine - Salbutamol - Prednisone - Humalog - Xeljanz - Refresh Ultra - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - Cod Liver Oil Caps - Vit D other OTC
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