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So, first off, thank you everyone for posting on this discussion. I've dealt with my RA without knowing personal stories of others, and it really helps me feel as though I'm not crazy. Here's where I could use some help.
I've been able to tolorate the pain of RA without using pain meds, NSAIDs have worked the best, but I'm needing to give my kidney's a break. I float around a 3-5 pain level everyday. Now without the NSAID, the mornings are slower to un-stiffen and the worst is toward afternoon I can no longer type my hands are so bad. I'd say it's a 7 or more.
My Dr has convinced me that I should try some pain meds along with my cold packs. So I am trying tramadol and taking it only when it's a 7ish. It's not working well at all. I'm 58, have sever RA for 1 year, on 3 Dmards, pred, and Embril. Pushed up my pred when I dropped the Nsaid. Wondering if there is a med combo out there that worked for you?
So what is your pain med plan or history if you are willing to share? I'm hoping to find something that I can take that adresses the pain and still keeps me mentally focused.
Thanks for sharing
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