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    I have been taking mobic for 2 months. I don't...

    I have been taking mobic for 2 months. I don't think it helps that much, but I can tell if I have forgotten to take it (the pain is just that much worse.) The same "breakthrough effect" used to...
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    hope all is well! hugs

    hope all is well! hugs
  3. Thread: rheumy appt

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    Thanks Mari! You are a scholar as usual :) I...

    Thanks Mari! You are a scholar as usual :) I figured it could be the drug-induced thing, but I wasn't sure.

    Today is day 4 of the medrol. Some pain peeking through in between doses now, but...
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    Thanks for your reply! I agree with you about...

    Thanks for your reply!

    I agree with you about the Medrol not necessarily causing the wane in symptoms... but I have felt like crap for so long, and after the first day of dosing I felt SO great. I...
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    rheumy appt

    Hi! Please help!
    I finally had my rheumy appt. She said I have symptoms of early RA and that for many people it will never show on a blood test. Am going to start a course of Medrol, and if I start...
  6. Thread: New symptoms

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    Hi Wendy- You're right- sometimes staying home...

    Hi Wendy-
    You're right- sometimes staying home and resting doesn't do much to make me feel better. Over the past 2 months I have worked from home a LOT, sometimes for weather or car trouble, but...
  7. Thread: Bad Night

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    oh NO! Hope the immobilizer is helping a bit...

    oh NO!
    Hope the immobilizer is helping a bit with the pain (probably minimally, but better than nothing, right?) They sure are ugly but can be a lifesaver.

    Fingers crossed that you can get in to...
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    Hi Chachi, I asked this same question when I...

    Hi Chachi,
    I asked this same question when I started hanging around here a month or 2 ago. I don't have a great answer for it still. I am doing my best, but I feel crazy sometimes and feel bad about...
  9. Thread: Bad Knees

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    I had an arthroscopy (chrondroplasty, plica...

    I had an arthroscopy (chrondroplasty, plica excision, synovectomy and had my kneecap decompressed) in June that only gave me relief for a couple of months. I was released from surgeon's care at the...
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    glad it's warming up and that people are getting...

    glad it's warming up and that people are getting some relief! The crazy up-and-down of the temps has been giving me lots of trouble this week. I am finally back at my desk today, very sore, but at...
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    Sandy, your post gave me tears in my eyes,...

    Sandy, your post gave me tears in my eyes, because I could feel just what you are talking about. The end of the workday is tough for me too- I am so glad to get out of the building, then have to find...
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    I meant to ask you before if you were taking...

    I meant to ask you before if you were taking anything for pain. I'm not right now, because my orthopedic surgeon had me on relafen but it wasn't working. At this point, I have taken so much motrin...
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    Hi again! re: the knees... I get throbbing,...

    Hi again!
    re: the knees... I get throbbing, aching pain and swelling. I had knee surgery in June, which was supposed to solve my problems (ha ha) but I only felt better for about a month (which is...
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    Hey Bench, hope you are feeling ok and that your...

    Hey Bench, hope you are feeling ok and that your legs aren't bothering you too much. I have been getting the "canker sores" lately, I would never have thought anything of them but I almost never got...
  15. Thread: Hi everyone

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    welcome! there are so many great people here, and...

    welcome! there are so many great people here, and everyone is always full of good advice. glad you found it!
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    The bad stuff seems to have missed us, we only...

    The bad stuff seems to have missed us, we only got 6 inches. With the winds so bad, it is blowing everything back on to the roads once they are plowed. VERY slippery. Working from home today... even...
  17. Thread: Very Sorry

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    Mari, hope you are feeling better. Rest up! You...

    Mari, hope you are feeling better. Rest up! You are a true friend- I am sure your friend knows how lucky she is to have you. Thanks for being so wonderful to everyone here too... take care of...
  18. well so nice that your doctor has finally arrived...

    well so nice that your doctor has finally arrived on this PLANET! small victory but a victory indeed right? :)
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    Faith, your insights are again so appreciated!...

    Faith, your insights are again so appreciated! Managed care insurance can be quite awful, I hate mine too. My dad had the good sense to purchase cancer insurance a few years ago... just in case... so...
  20. Thread: Hi! New here!

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    yup I am in your boat too, so scoot over :)...

    yup I am in your boat too, so scoot over :) Welcome! Hope you did ok at your exercise class! I just got a "medical hold" on my gym membership because I haven't been able to do anything in a few...
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    Hi Panda, Yeah it is tough! I wish I had some...

    Hi Panda,

    Yeah it is tough! I wish I had some good advice but I see where you are coming from for sure! My boss turned out to be sick today too, so she was way too worried about herself to care...
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    I ended up having a horrible day Friday when the...

    I ended up having a horrible day Friday when the cold blew in, worse than I expected even. I had a totally new pain, which was in my eye sockets and the bones in my face! Terrible! My mom suggested I...
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    Thank you SO much, Mari. You're right, the...

    Thank you SO much, Mari. You're right, the self-doubt is awful! I will say "I hurt all over," or "I'm sore today," and my husband will ask why. I don't know why, and he knows that, but I feel like a...
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    thank you so much, just getting an "amen sista"...

    thank you so much, just getting an "amen sista" is encouraging. I am currently insured by my employer rather than my husband's because there is no deductible. Makes sense for the time being since I...
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    Hi Faith, I have been reading your post with...

    Hi Faith,

    I have been reading your post with great interest and I hope you are doing ok with the loss of your mom. I am awaiting diagnosis now as my mom is in her 2nd round of chemo for lung...
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