Soo... I'm new to this site and just trying it out cause I kinda feel like I'm trapped and running out of options. I have been fighting rapidly progressing arthritis for a year now, and am having a lot of issues trying to handle it and my school since I'm in a very physical program but I'm too
stubborn to change my plans. I just turned twenty, and i haven't yet found a Dr that can figure out what kinda of arthritis I have, it follows nearly everything for ankylosing spondylitis, except only minorly effects my spine or SI joint. And it hardly hits anything needed for rheumatoid diagnosis (symmetry etc. ).
Anyways, needless to say I'm definitely battling with the pain, and what i'm beginning to worry is actual REAL depression (but can't go to a health prof about
that since i'm a student and there's no way I can ask my family for the money). It's made me have to quiet 3 jobs so far, which were the only ways i could pay for my way through school, and has cause countless other issues that the Dr's can't deal with, since they're hitting me with essentially every med they can to try to control it. Evey day I'm nearly overdosed on painkillers just to make it to class, and try to put a smile on my face, but its really killing me. I really have trouble finding ppl to talk to since all my friends are in nursing (my univ. program) and though they listen and really care... they're kinda too knowledgable if you can sense what i mean. Also, I'm usually a very social person, but I now can't drink because meds, and I find myself just avoiding going out... because its awkward.
I feel bad because i'm a bit out of my league and I know I'm not near the worse off, but can anybody here give me anything to think about
? Ways to deal with insomnia, alternate pain management THAT ACTUALLY WORKS (and doesn't req too much $$ or time), ummm... thoughts about
meds, or even anyone that has a simular undiagnosable arthritis?
I know this was a bit scattered, but thanks for sticking it out till the end - a smile for you if you did :)
thanks a lot.
Dx: Periferal Arthritis (+ Vasovagal episodes, anemia, benign tremor, orthostatic hypotension... stress/anxiety problems :/ )
Meds: Naproxen, Prednisone, Methotrexate, Tramadol + Tramacet, (Omeprazole, Iron suppliments, Folic Acid, Tylenol...)
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