New to the site, but not to the disease.
Ive been offically diagnosed with SLE for the past year. I'd tell you how glorious and horrifiying that was, but I'm sure a lot of you had the same reaction.
YAY they know whats wrong with me...crap they cant fix it.
I've been holding up pretty well until about a month ago. I decided to play the young rebel and stopped taking my medicine. Brilliant move? Yea I know.
So I'm now neck deep in the worst flare up I've ever seen. Missed 3 days of work because I literally couldn't lift my leg while keeping myself steady on the other one to get in the shower. I actually caved yesterday and got a cortisone shot in my shoulder to see if that would let me turn my neck. No such luck yet. ( Do these things even work? )
I'm on so new medicines, steroids and neurontin. If anyone takes the neurontin I would really love to hear from you. I've been reading some pretty scary things and I'm dying for the silver lining.
Also, I wanted to know if there was anything you did to make your pain and swelling of your joints less that didnt involve medicine. I've been buying stock in rubs and balms, but I have yet to find one that works. My doctor put me on tramadol but it makes me sleepy and I feel sick to my stomach.
I'm excited to be part of this community. Hope this finds everyone well!
PS. tomorrow is friday! Thats always something to be happy about.
To Phoenix 2369! The wife just turned me on to this site this morning, so I am new here! It might seem too simple, but my VA medical team has me use 800mg Ibuprofen every 8 hours when I am in a severe "flare" (why don't they call them attacks?)! It does work to a certain extent, but you need to back it down once the attack subsides! Ibuprofen is hard on the kidneys if you do too much! I also will take 2 Tylenol extra Strength PM tabs 1/2 hour before bed when I need sleep! Works for me 90% of the time! Try it! Roger
Last edited by Roger; 09-13-2012 at 06:34 PM.
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Sorry I can't offer much advise- much of the otc meds like nsaid don't work for me.
Try warm showers and keep moving-I find that when I am real stiff and sore it only gets worse if I sit or lay too long.
Of course some times that just means trudging around the house!
Take Care and Welcome! Niall
N-mac, LOL. Trudging around the house is one of my only ways to past the time. You know, I did recently notice that I felt more stiff after sitting for awhile. Which is funny because I was told when my legs swells that i should sit and raise it to bring the swelling down. I tried to take a bath the other day, but since we are no longer small childern I find it hard to firstly fit in the bath tub comfortably. Not to mention the fight with the shower curtain. I want to buy a hot tub. That probably feels glorious!
Thank you for the welcome! Have a nice weekend!
Roger- Sometimes it is the simplest method. I used to take the 800 miligram ibuprofen, and even have a full bottle floating around here somewhere. It did work, however, I think I got used to it. I would try to stop taking it every morning and by noon I felt like death. Hopefully I'll get back there soon. I kinda think flare sounds fancy. lol.
From what I saw so far this seems to be one of the most active forums, but I've also only been on here for a day. Your wife made a good choice.
Thanks for the feed back! Hopefully you have a nice weekend!
If you find that bottle, check the expiration date on it! Time, and heat remove it's potency! I also only use it on the worst days! (pain level 8 or more) I am having the same problem with my Metformin, and Prednisone! Takes 60 mg to do what 10 mg did 10 years ago! Looks like more Chemo for me! I have met a couple of Vets at the local clinic who have had luck with prescribed Canabis for their pain! You might want to look into it! Am finishing my "Newbie" post, so will wish you luck as well! Roger
Last edited by Roger; 09-13-2012 at 07:41 PM.
cortisone works once it has started to disipate into your body.
so day 1 and sometimes day 2 you do not feel any benifit.
day 4 and 5 are usually where the benifit is realised.
for non medical pain relief......
have you tried non exhaustive exercise.
eg, water aerobics.
the slow kind only, not the fast paced stuff.
this helps with blood flow and range of motion..... but without gravity, your body does not hurt as much.
water boyancy is good for this type of exercise.
i also take a pain medication called panadoel osteo.
i think it is also called tyradol in the US.
you are supposed to take 2 tablets every 6 hours.
but some fibro clinics are suggesting 1 tablet every 3 hours.
(same daily dose, but no highs and less troughs).
a drug that works well for many of us is a low dose anti depressant.
we use it, not because we are depressed.
but because we need this type of medication to help our brain function properly.
swelling and constant pain are the two big reason we have this type of brain imbalance.
again welcome to your new cyber family.
yes... we are a very active and supportive forum.
Steve- I never even thought to try water aerobics. I've been trying to just walk but sometimes even that gets my ankle and knees hurting. I think my local YMCA has them, I'll look into it.
I have seen a lot of little snippets about antidepressants and my doctor asked me if I wanted them multiple times. For a combination. I think I actually am depressed sometimes. It jist gets to you after while and you break down and have a small pity party. After a good cry and a few days of being aggravated everything goes back to normal so I've decided against them.
One of my biggest issues, and it sounds horrible, is I don't want to gain weight. Every time I do a round of steroids I gain so much. And it's harder to lose when you can go running. A huge side effect of the antidepressants is weight gain and I'm worried that will happen whether I watch what I eat or not.
Thanks for the awesome feed back and the warm welcome. I'm hoping to learn much, smile more, and cry a little less with the help from all the wonderful fighters here. I'm glad I finally decided to do this.