Thanks so much Ginny and Babs! Your information is VERY helpful. I can certainly see where the "heightened pain" comes into play for me. I feel it in my hands, arms, and fingertips right now. I do take 6-7 mg of prednisone but I am trying to taper down - without much success, though. I have been dealing with pain in my feet, too, for almost a year now. The soles of my feet, to be specific. Does this sound right? I absolutely love the releif that warmth provides. Maybe that is why I won't sleep without my heated mattress pad. I also cannot handle driving without heated seats - I feel like such a baby (a very spoiled baby) about
this. Warm baths and the hot tub are heaven!
I currently take a very strong pain reliever (due to my frequent kidney stones), methadone, and this helps me very much. If I try to go without it, I end up constricting all my muscles and walk kind of hunchbacked. I also get very impatient and rather grumpy if I cannot get to a comfortable position (like laying out in a lounge chair or in bed with pillows propped) due to normal life situations like standing in line at the grocery or if someone stops me to ask a question. It is very weird and annoying to say the least. If I am having kidney stone problems, it doesn't bother me to take the pain medicine. about
ten years ago, I took amitryptilene for pain management and I slept really well but I was tired all the time at work because I could not sleep long enough.
Thanks for your help and words of encouragement. I know that I will be fine. My rhuemy is great and she mentioned Lyrica the last two times I visited her. Who knows, I might add yet another script
to my medicine plan. Yikes, do you ever feel like you could almost be a pharmicist? Or a drug store?
Lupus, RA, and (Maybe) Fibromyalgia and LOTS of Medications!