View Full Version : Vent - MTX works, but body won't cooperate

11-17-2009, 08:36 PM
Well, I need to vent a little.
The MTX and Plaquenil really help me with the fatigue. I've had all kinds of energy today. The problem is, the rest of my body just won't go along with the idea.
This afternoon, I was busily doing laundry and cleaning house. I decided to use my new Woolite Rugstick to clean the upholstery on the couch and chairs - cat hair tends to accumulate. It did a great job, and the furniture looks and smells great. The problems became apparent when I went to change the laundry from the washer to the dryer. My back "froze" and I couldn't even reach over to turn the dryer on.
I limped my way to the bed and did some yoga stretches until I was able to move again. Putting that load of laundry away was painful, and cooking dinner was miserable. Now I'm sitting on my clean couch with the heating pad on my back. It is so frustrating to not be able to do the things that I want and need to do!
Vent over

11-17-2009, 08:56 PM
Happy to hear the Plaquenil and MTX work for you, but sorry that you're tied to the heating pad for the rest of the evening. Just when you think you're getting relief, then BAM you bend/twist in a certain way and it seems like you're right back where you started.

Hope your heating pad and a good night's sleep make you all better in the morning.

11-18-2009, 06:28 AM
Sorry you are in pain. But you know, what our ( womens) problem is? As soon as we feel better, we do to much, we overdo it and that is why we are in pain. I think, that is what happend in your case too. Take it easy and don't do to much.


11-18-2009, 09:11 AM
I hear you there, as soon as we feel better, we see all things we have left undone, then we over do it, feel better soon.

11-18-2009, 09:44 AM
I have been on plaquinel 200 mg for over a year and on methotrexate for only 7 weeks and i still hurt and get nauseaus. Sorry to hear that you are in pain. But i was never one to let anything get me down and keep me from doing what i wanted to do in a day. Well hello to lupus. Bonita

11-18-2009, 10:33 AM
Thanks, ladies.
I do feel better today. I used the heating pad last evening, and Jeff plugged in the massage mechanism on the couch. The cats very happily joined me on the vibrating couch while I curled up with some hot tea and read. I took a naproxen when I went to bed, and actually slept pretty well.
Much as I would like to get some work done in this house today, I guess I'm going to take it easy with the cats today. It is very obvious that I really need that MRI of my lower back that my rheumy wants me to get. We've officially changed over our insurance, and I can't wait for it to take effect in January. After I get back from meeting the new grandson, I'm making that appointment.

11-18-2009, 01:40 PM
I think your couch and cats are calling you........they need some lovin'! Indulge yourself in a easy day and let your body relax, Marla. You've been so busy since your move and it may be all catching up with you.

I'm so glad you got a new insurance plan. $1500.00 out of pocket is a tough one to take, especially if it's all one provider (they aren't satisified with a small monthly payment, they want a LOT and all at once). Have you considered calling for the appt with the back specialist before January? Sometimes it takes a long time to get seen and if you could book the appt now, it might save you some waiting time......just a thought.

Enjoy the sunshine today because I understand us in Nor Cal are getting another storm on Friday :)

Kayla's Gram
11-18-2009, 02:21 PM
Hello everyone ~ I can relate soooo well with just what your saying !!! :yes:

On the day's that I feeling good enough to get on a roll getting things done around the house I get half way through & BAM my body shuts down on me !!! :hissyfit:

It just dosen't seem fare at all & on the day's that I do make it through the next day I will seem to be completly useless untill I recharge again !!! :sleepy:

Thanks for letting me join~in !!!


11-18-2009, 04:14 PM
Hi BonusMom,
Yes, I've been pretty worthless today - watched Food Network, loved on the cats, crocheted on the blanket for the new grandson and talked to the nervous mom-to-be.
I've already got the appointment with the rheumy for Feb. 16, and that's when she plans to re-write the orders for the MRI. She's in the same office with an orthopedic surgeon, so I'm sure that the two of them will discuss whatever she finds.
I'm a bit south of you, and we haven't had a bit of rain from those storms. They say that we might have a good chance on Friday, so I've warned Jeff to take the car, not his bike, to school that day.

Welcome to the group again! I've had to gear down from being a full-time teacher, so it is really frustrating to me to have so much pain and fatigue just from doing some simple housework. I do manage to pace myself most days.

11-18-2009, 07:50 PM
hi marla, glad you are feeling better today. Yes, when plaquenil and mtx work like they are designed to, we feel much better. However, i have found that i absolutely must make myself focus on limiting activities. I recently did just a few minutes of vaccuuming (can't remember how many c's and u's) and was put on the couch for the evening. Last week, i did a little painting, and i forced myself to take lots of breaks and then do absolutely nothing afterwards. It seemed to work pretty well, i did not suffer too much. so, my friend, you must force self control, don't allow yourself to take on too much. It is so difficult, because we have always been active, but our "new reality" requires that we limit ourselves. I have always loved yard work. I now live in a home with a small yard and hire out the little work that is required. I sit on my patio and remember when. It is a tough pill to swallow........You are very involved in so many activities and causes, you give to so many, so don't forget to give to yourself......I guess this combination of medications can slow the progression, but it can't undo the damage that is already done.

11-18-2009, 08:43 PM
Hi BonusMom,
Yes, I've been pretty worthless today - watched Food Network, loved on the cats, crocheted on the blanket for the new grandson and talked to the nervous mom-to-be.

Sounds like just what the doctor ordered! Your new grandson will love his new blanket, made with love by his favorite, number 1, Grammi! Continue to take it easy so nothing interrupts your trip to visit your daughter and the newest member of your family.