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To those who have arthritic pain - Does your pain defer in different articulations? To those who have arthritic pain - Does your pain defer in different articulations?

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  #11  
Unread 07-30-2004, 07:25 PM
To those who have arthritic pain - Does your pain defer in different articulations?

(((Rose)))) and ((((Kali)))) I'm so sorry you're dealing with all these issues

((Kali)) Thanks for mentionning about the Flexeril. Might be worth a try I will certainly mention it to my doctor, when I see her at the end of next month. And I do agree that "Autoimmune Disorders" should have their own type of specialist. Certainly would make it easier for those of us who are dealing with these issues.

((Rose)) The bloodwork showing an elevated inflammatory factor might be the first step towards finding answers. Your doctor is right: from all I've read, fibro patients do not show elevated inflammatory factors. You have a good doctor who's willing to test further in order to get to the root of the problem. Please, by all means, do keep us posted.

BTW, my knees are unbelievably stiff these days, and I know that it has everything to do with the hot, damp weather we're having: humidity is always bad news for me, regardless of whether it is in the winter or Summer.
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Unread 07-31-2004, 01:54 PM
To those who have arthritic pain - Does your pain defer in different articulations?

Hi Dany, my specialist actually specializes in connective tissue issues. She's the only one in the last 14 yrs that has actually listened to me. I find it disturbing that alot of drs do not want to share any of your results with you. Last time I looked, it was my body.
Do you find certain foods/drinks aggravate your pain? If I have a glass of wine at supper, the next day is hell.
Keep us posted, take care of yourself, and it is true that sleep helps. If flexeril works...then great. I tried it for a while, but I had trouble getting up the next morning!
Heat and massage also help. I have a massage therapist that can tell where I hurt even before she starts the massage. I always have my best sleep after I have a massage.
Take care!
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Unread 08-08-2004, 06:50 PM
auto-immune arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the auto-immune disease. Osteo arthriis is the kind that is wear and tear on the joints.
I have rheumatoid arthritis. I had it for quite some time in a mild way until I had a severe flare-up and it was finally diagnosed. I take prednesone and methtorexate. It has kept my rh under control. However, I needed a TVH due to a prolapse and had to go off the methotrexate for 2 weeks as it is an immune suppresant. 2 days after coming home from from the hospital I had a flare-up. After going back on the methotrexate I am all right. The pain with rh is the same on both sides. If one joint hurts the opposite joint does too. Tests don't always show rh.
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Unread 08-09-2004, 06:57 PM
To those who have arthritic pain - Does your pain defer in different articulations?

Thanks for providing this insight ((((lagrange)))) I'm sorry that you had such a flare up after your TVH. Thankfully, the meds got it all back under control

You are absolutely right that osteoarthritis is not an autoimmune disorder. However, other forms of arthritis, including RA, Lupus and Fibro, are considered autoimmune disorders.

In my case, because my original flare up was in both wrists and both ankles, in exactly the same spot and because of the familial history (my aunt had a very severe form of RA), it was, originally, strongly suspected that RA was the culprit. That flare up lasted for several months and the Mobicox I was originally prescribed had wayyyyy too many side effects and was leaving wayyyy too much breakthrough pains. In the end, it was with Celebrex, that I was able to get the pains, and my life, under control. My doctors didn't want to prescribe immunosuppressant, because of the lack of clear diagnosis.

These days, I'm not making too much of an issue about it, because the pain is under control: I've only had a few, very minor, flare ups this summer and they were managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. However, I know that if the pains start again, I'll have to start looking a whole lot deeper, hence the questions
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Unread 08-10-2004, 12:17 AM
To those who have arthritic pain - Does your pain defer in different articulations?

Dani,
I have FMS and am in pain most of the time. It started out like yours but then got worse. To best descibe it, the pain feels like the achiness one would feel during a bout with the flu. Except my "flu" lasts for days including a flare here and there. I presently take Tylenol Arthritis for the pain. I have taken the expensive prescription stuff and nothing has worked. I spoke with the RPH about it and she thought that maybe the Tylenol has something in it that my body is reacting to better than the prescribed meds. So far I am able to control my pain and I can somewhat function normally.

The flares keep me in bed and I have to force myself to get up and try to walk, as I know that is best for me. I cry alot in the shower so no one hears me, the pain is so wrenching.

I pray you find a resoulution to your pain. It is debilitating, frustrating, and depressing when your body just won't behave like we are used to. Take care and let us know how you are feeling.
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Unread 08-10-2004, 08:12 AM
To those who have arthritic pain - Does your pain defer in different articulations?

Dany-

Here's another fibro sufferer!! Your complaints do sound a lot like what I was feeling prior to being diagnosed. Did your Rhuemy check you for pressure point pain? There are 18 pressure points and if you have pain in at least 11 they will call it fibro. I had about 16. Places that I didn't even know it hurt!!! I was also told I had arthritis, at 29 years old!! Went through 4 drs before I was sent to a rhuemy.

I found the muscle relaxants made the problem worse, as I felt drugged out and didn't move. Walking and yoga had been the best medicine for me. Now at 11 weeks post surgery I am missing my yoga, but have had minimal fibro pain.

Good luck, and don't accept any diagnoses that doesn't seem to fit. Keep bugging the doctors. I have read that most fibro patients go through at least 5 drs before getting diagnosed.
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Unread 08-10-2004, 08:25 PM
To those who have arthritic pain - Does your pain defer in different articulations?

Thanks for the information (((Chris)))) and ((((Karen))) I was soooo hoping that my symptoms weren't even close to fibro: one of my best friends from work has fibro (she's the first person I ever knew to be diagnosed with the condition, back in the late 80's) and she's now on a full disability pension So, my picture of fibro is that of a very painful condition!!!

"My" rheumy didn't check for anything Guess it didn't help that, on that day, I was in absolutely no pain, for the first time in 6 months!!! Hard to describe the pain, when it's not there.

I'm seeing my PCP on the 26th and will ask about the possibility of fibro.

By the way, the description of "flulike" symptoms is bang on: some days, I don't know if it's the flu or if it's a flare up.

Oh, Rosee, I meant to reply to your post: I haven't noticed that certain foods will cause a flare up, but that could be because, most of the time, I eat much of the same thing.
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Unread 08-11-2004, 07:43 AM
To those who have arthritic pain - Does your pain defer in different articulations?

Dany-

If you go back to the rhuemy you can ask about the pressure points. They seem to be sensitive even when you aren't in active pain. But they do seem to migrate!!

Your friend is lucky if she's got full disability, it's usually hard for fibro people to get that!!

I am diagnosed with fibro, but really have no pain at present. It's fairly well under control, with occasional twinges. Every person presents with different types of pain. The most common thing is that most do think they have arthritis, and the pain in the joints and the pain turns out to be muscular. So exercise really is the best thing, but not too much or it makes it hurt worse!!

Take care, and I hope you get answers!!
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Unread 08-11-2004, 08:22 PM
To those who have arthritic pain - Does your pain defer in different articulations?

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Originally posted by kgilby
Your friend is lucky if she's got full disability, it's usually hard for fibro people to get that!!
Tell her about it: their (hers and her DH's .. also a former co-worker) battle lasted over five year, and cost them $40,000!!!

I will be sure to ask about the pressure points, either from my PCP or from a rheumy (not sure that I would ever go back to the one I was referred to.. )
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