My R.A: Keeping my fingers crossed
One night in October 2010, I woke up with pain in my hip that was so bad I stayed up half the night crying and trying to find a position that helped ease the pain. Two weeks later the other hip hurt, two weeks after that I went thru a few weeks of alternating shoulder pain. Again, every night I had these pains were horrible. In November my wrists started to alternate pain. I became used to the pattern: Day one- aching in the area that would soon hurt...Day two- Pain at night...Day three- Warm swollen joints in affected area with throbbing pain...Day Four- Pain decreses....Day five- Opposite side starts on day one. This went on until each and every one of my joints hurt continuously and all at once. By March 2011 it started in my legs; first with the knees, down to the ankles, then my feet. I bought shoes with cushions. By May 2011 I was completely helpless and depressed. Everything hurt. My boyfriend had to brush and fix my hair, he had to dress me, get me out of bed, help me sit and help me stand. My kids were starting to learn how to help me up. By July I was ready to cut my hair off and quit my job because I was getting no sleep and just getting out of bed was a nightmare. My neck hurt by this point so my whole body was affected.
Then, I thank the day I finally got in to see Dr. Gerbracht. I have been pain free since my first appointment and am hoping to be off of prednisone soon. I am currently on Hydrochloroquin (spelling?) and so far so good. No major side effects except weight gain, which isn't fun but if I had to choose weight gain or pain, its weight gain every time. I see him again tomorrow and I'm hoping to....well I'm not exactly sure what I'm hoping for. But I'm hoping, that's the important part.