we all have to hold back the tears sometimes...and also just let them stream out too!
RA is really tough, especially if it has gone untreated for a very long time.
how is your case? new? severe?
the list of meds i'm on now, as you'll see down on the bottom has been my best combo for pain control related to RA.
it took about 4 years to find the right pain med regimen that actually works.
the Humira plus adding the Imuran for RA i think has helped control the bad throbbing of the joints and has kept me from going to the ER for about a year now for pain treatment.
the Imuran and prednisone and TNF shots are really the only things that help the throbbing.
opioids help on general, but i really wish they stopped the swelling & pain.
i was on Ultram years ago...but it made me too nauseous.
Darvocet worked very well for my joint pain and related pains for several years; this year though, i was taking 2 darvocets like every 4 hours....so more efficient meds were needed.
are you able to take any COX2's?
with all TNF's...a wait is required. everyone is different in their response to therapy. some folks begin to feel results in 6 weeks or sooner, other's take many months.
i was on Enbrel for 1.5 years. it took about 4 months to have benefits from it. after the time i was on it...i hit a plateau and i started to get worse (mind you though, the RA i have is way out of control & was far advanced). so a more aggressive therapy was needed.
since last august i've been on Humira 40mg every 4 days, and only this past month have i started to notice positive results! so that's almost 9 MONTHS of waiting for the med to work! so you have to give them a realistic time frame to start to work...hopefully it will be sooner than later!
you could be in an RA flare...an acute period where symptoms are worse & more painful than usual.
do you take prednisone?
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.