Sounds like you need a new rheumy too. If you hurt, you hurt. The question is: what is causing your pain? inflammation? nerve damage? etc.
Ibuprofen will generally not work for inflammation if you take it "as needed". It must be taken round the clock for an extended period of time. In other words, it needs time to work to reduce the inflammation, which won't happen after one or two doses if you have chronic inflammation.
Yes Kasey . . . I would ask the doctor to help determine the source of your pain so that it can be best managed.
As far as pain pills making you more productive . . . . that is exactly why I rarely use pain meds. I simply do too much while I'm taking them and I end up causing a flare or the worsening of the flare. So, when I do use them, I'm really careful how I use my energy.
Your new doctor should get a good overview of what has been happening. Something like what you've written above but more detailed. It should be typed and written with as few words and as much detail (I know, contradictory) as possible. A list form works well.
If he is disinterested in your history . . . that is not a good sign. Because he should be happy to be able to get up to speed with your needs.
Hope this helps.
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