it is a wonderful feeling to know that YOU ARE NOT alone in all of this. it is a comfort & at times the one thing that you can actually lean on. it's weird that "we" here on the computer can connect & empathize in such a way that "in real life" we sometimes can not always get.
the treatment your rheummy has you on is all right. it is pretty much standard & the usual except the addition of a TNF med like Enbrel or Humira or Remicade or the newer ones like Orencia & Rituxan. Those are all shots & infusions.
do you take your MTX via an injection? or pill form?
yes, the Casemet is highly effective in treating nausea & vomiting...i use Tiagan, benedryl, Meclizine, & sometimes prednisone to help my nausea. also i find that ginger works well for me sometimes too. (like little ginger cookies).
my doc just started me on Oxycontin as well 3 weeks ago...i'm still up in the air about it...it doesn't really work as readily as the dilaudid i take. i take 10mg twice a day, but i think it needs to get bumped up to a higher dose.
so you are doing really good in terms of treatment; you have pain management covered, you have disease modifying covered w/ the methotrexate & inflammation covered w/ Celebrex & the occasional steroid injection.
it may be a good idea to have a prescription for some prednisone or a Medrol-Dose Pack for when you hit a very bad flare up of RA. i always make sure i have at least a bottle of steroids ALWAYS!!!!!!! saves many a trip to the ER.
yikes...ankylosing spondylitis is a real pain in the rear! it effects me too. i hate that all of these things come in a package deal!
when i get AS back spasms, Valium dose break the spasm very quick. they have been OK since i started the TNF meds; i'm on Remicade now.
did you & your doc ever discuss starting Enbrel or Humira or any of these types of medications?
oh...and are you overseas? or in the states?
take care Raven...hang in there.