Anyone else here have RA? How do you manage? Any advice?
Thanks ladies, I was able to sleep fairly well last night with new medication. It's a vicious cycle, especially when I have a flair. I think the hardest part is that you can’t ‘see’ it and most people don’t really know what it is. Sometimes I feel like it’s all in my head; thankfully my husband is very considerate and is great at supporting me and making me realize that it is real. He went with me yesterday to my appointment and actually asked the Dr for pain meds – not something I normally would have done. I’m always worried that Doc’s are going to think I’m a pill popper
Thanks for the support. If y’all don’t mind, I would love to be able to come here and just vent/cry about it.
Thanks and have a Merry Christmas!
Thanks @Laurie, I went home on my lunch hour and turned on my parafin hand dip. The hands are still swollen and one knuckle seems a bit sore - right middle. I could flip people off ;)
Anyway, have a great day and I hope everyone is feeling great today.
Laurie I hope you are feeling better!
I have been on Plaquenil for 8 weeks and it seems to be working, sort of. The good thing is I haven't had any really really bad flares but I do still feel joint aches often. Also the morning stiffness (lol) has been bad in my ankles. It seems to only take about 30 minutes to get better though. Just hard to carry my toddler down the steps in the AM.
The one thing I was not prepared for is how TIRED I am all the time. ahh its bad. I have almost eliminated all gluten from my diet and it seems to be helping some. but i am just so tired and my DH doesnt really get it. Oh well, I know it could be MUCH worse. Just thought I would share and see how other people are feeling!
@ Lauriebizz I am also taking mobic but I am nervous about taking it everyday because I am also type 1 diabetic and I don't want to do anything else to comprimise my kidneys. BUT my rheumy says its ok so if the pain does get bad I may have to start taking it daily. I'm having a pretty bad flare in my knee right now, the weird thing is it only hurts when I try to walk. Unlike other flares I have had in the past, it is ok when I am sitting, so I guess that is good? lol who knows.
@BMB I hope you are getting the answere you're looking for with your jaw! My mom was using Enbrel and she said it really helped, then her insurance decided they didn't want to cover it (go figure).
Hope everyone is having a good week!