Posted 7/8/2007 6:45 AM (GMT -7)
I deal with joint pain in my hands all the time...especially in the mornings. It's worse when I'm flaring. My knees are always swollen and tender to the touch. Other joints are involved randomly, but at some point, they all have hurt. Sometimes I even hurt in the spaces between my ribs when I'm flaring.
I have really been pushing it the last two weeks, with vacation last week and planning a big event coming up this Thursday. I woke up today to a dozen sores on the roof of my mouth--something that's always a warning sign to slow down or it's going to get bad. I don't know how I'm going to do all I have to do this week and still get enough rest to ward off a flare...any ideas?
Sorry...I didn't mean to hijack your post! But yes, the random joint pains are one of the things that first led me to seek a diagnosis three years ago. I'm overweight, but it just didn't seem right to have that much pain, and the orthopedist who saw my x-rays said there was more inflammation than should be there for my age and weight. He did my first autoimmune workup, and that's how I began my long journey through diagnosis.
I know that ice is the preferred treatment for pain, but sometimes I just have to have heat. I fill an old, soft sock with dry rice and microwave it for a minute. It's so lovely to rest my aching hands on top of it. I also take ibuprofen and sometimes darvocet or percoset for the pain.
Good luck!
Wife, writer, artist, mom to 2 wonderful boys
Lupus, arthritis, PCOS, mild depression
Now taking: plaquenil, limbrel, metformin XR, Zoloft, and the occasional percoset

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