I have been inactive for past 4 yrs. I am preparing to take a LPN refresher course in a few weeks, here. I have sarcoidosis, and it has been quiet and stabilized on meds. Of course, now my arthritis is flaring up!
Anyways, I can deal with it. It is just in my knees and ankles. It is worst in the morning. And really just hurts more when I am doing steps. It is a tolerable pain, but I am looking for some suggestions on any ointments or treatments. I know when my back flares, I have used those arthritis patches, and they really help tremendously.
It figures now that I am going to do clinical, I have arthritic flare-up. But, that is why I am taking refresher course. I already have active license, but want to take refresher for my own skills. I have only worked for about 5 1/2 yrs. as a nurse before going on disability. My long-term goal is to get into agency/HH. I will only work PT.
So, for those with arthritis, what do you use?
Jan 10, '09
I have had RA since 2001, have been on MTX since then, and have been on all the biologics (humira, orencia,remicade and now enbrel) which help for about 6-8 months then lose their punch. In two weeks i am starting a phase 3 clinical trial which will add 2 half doses of rituxan. I have had FMLA for the past 3 years, only needing to take a day here and there when my RA flares. I work in newborn nursery, which is pretty light work, my problem is opening sealed formula bottles and computer charting. I have brought in some silicone jar openers and have requested a mouse for charting on our laptops, I have areally hard time with the finger pads.
Just wondering if any of you have been on rituxin and had any side effects?
nbch:I can't tolerate any of the anti-inflammatories except voltaren gel, I have lidoderm patches I can cut up and use in my wrists and knuckles, but not when I am working because of hand hygiene. Tylenol doesn't help much, so I take half an ultram while I work.
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Quote from VivaLasViejas
I'm finding that plain aspirin works wonders. I take two in the morning and two at bedtime, and use Tylenol or a combination of ibuprofen and Tylenol for breakthrough pain. Of course, I've got to hope that my stomach will hold out under the NSAID assault, but prescription drugs cost too much, and nothing else even touches that ground-glass feeling in my hands, knees and hips.
First of all, I want to thank your two sons for serving our great country.
I do want to ask you though. Have you thought about taking a DMARD for you arthritis? This combination you are taking as you know will spell disaster for your stomach at some point down the road. Can you qualify for one of the drug company discounts? I'm of the mind set these days that aggressive is good with the auto immune diseases.
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