So sorry she is having such a hard time. I really don't know anything about
If heat does help . . . there is a great way to provide heat w/o the danger of heating pad. Take a man's tube sock (or two or three) and fill it up about
2/3 full with rice, feed corn (not pop corn), or dried beens. Sew the top shut, fold it over a bit and sew it again so its nice and strong. Pop it in the microwave (try 2 minutes on high). Adjust the time for the size of your grain bag and the power of your microwave. These grain bags stay warm for a couple hours and are so welcome to sore body parts. You can freeze them too to use as cold packs.
Find out if her afflicted joints should have gentle exercise/movement or if they should be rested and do whatever is beneficial. You might try using some fragrant lotion and rub her hands for her if that feels good. Human touch is very healing and that would be one way to touch her more. You can brush her hair or rub her shoulders/back too.
I don't recall if you've mentioned what meds she is already taking. Maybe a pain patch would help. This med is released gradually and consistently over a specific period of time. But, I really don't know what meds would be appropriate for HER situation. We've mentioned above that if there is inflammation involved the MUST be treated.
It sounds like she could benefit from an anti-depressant. Some of the anti-depressants actually treat pain as a side-affect because they allow the brain chemicals to recover to a more normal state. MOST people who are chronically ill . . . most of us members here at the Lupus forum . . . take an anti-depressant. Chronic illness and pain deplete the brain of certain chemicals and the anti-d becomes necessary and is often quite helpful for pain issues as well.
Keep communicating with the doctor and be as specific as possible about
the type of pain she is having and the degree of pain. Also note what makes it feel better and what triggers the pain. This information is helpful to the doctor.
Keep us posted. It is obvious that you are a huge blessing to your mom. Sending you some hot tea and a big hug for you and for your mom.
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