I've got the same issues, for the love of God, call me.
For my arthritis, I take regular or buffered aspirin, it helps some. I have a long story as I'm sure you do. I've got the time today, just have to color my waist length hair which is a real adventure for me.
Call me, or if you don't have unlimited long distance, gimme your number and I'll call.
I read your bio and wondered if any of your doctors recommended the neuromodulator spinal stimulator implant. I have one of those and it did take care of the radiating pain down my legs. I can actually sleep at night. I, too, have had a "failed" laminectomy with hardware in lumbar region. It was a godsend, really and truly!
I am surprised this hasn't been recommended to you or at least that you do the trial to see if this would work for you. There are no drugs associated with this one.
Of course, every "body" is different. After I had the implant and most of the pain went away... my physical therapist noted that my "walking" was still off and not all the pain was gone. I had a lot of hip pain radiating into my left knee. So, the same surgeon who did the implant finally agreed to do a hip study. That one little X-Ray showed severe osteoarthritis at "end stage" in my left hip and severe (not quite at end stage) osteoarthritis in my right hip. Well, had they diagnosed me right in the first place... the hip replacements would have come first before the implant. When it is time to do my right hip... as I am recovering now from the left hip... they must take out the battery part which is implanted in my butt plus the wires. That is another surgery to also heal from. Then do the hip... then put that battery back in which means the rep. from the company that installed it must also be present for the surgery. This is a royal pain in MY BUTT!!! Butt any way... it was worth it the first time and will be worth it when it is all over.
Just some food for thought for you... The stimulator allows me to sleep at night and on my back... quite peacefully. I hadn't had a good night's sleep in some 10 years. I now sleep through the night and quite rested when I wake.
Hope this gives you something else to think about.
I do also have osteoarthritis in my hands... some good days and some bad. Cold packs do help with the pain. Also running my hands under cool water also helps. When I am outside... I hold onto two cans (one for each hand) and I can tolerate being outside longer in the heat.
Hello. Sorry to hear things are revved ip for you.
Your rheumy ought to be helping you with this. Mine has helped me with my anxiety. Anxiety stops us from doing things and that makes it hard to ask for help. It is great that you are asking.
Anxiety takes a second step once they give you something to help with the initial anxiety. Then you get more help coping with your disease process and calming the anxiety by seeing a therapist. Smartest thing you can do. With a neutral person you get to find out what is driving that feeling.
By the way, I got on the site because of overwhelming anxiety and panic attacks. I am fine now. My medications, and there are many out there, threw my body and mind out of whack. Once back in balance, I am back to me. Sure I have a crummy disease, but I function normally. I can now work within the limitations of the disease and return to a feeling of joy and wonder. Sometimes the route to that can be pretty tough. Determination and discrimination will get you there. Karen
I can totally relate to what you are dealing with. I read you're Bio and noticed you had two knee replacements. I have it in both of my knees really bad. It has progressed to the point where they constantly hurt, and the noise they make when I walk the stairs will give you chills. My anxiety has doubled due to this. I'm to the point of walking with a limp. I'm already on medication for anxiety and haven't asked the doctor to up my dose. I have MRI's going to be done on both of my knees tomorrow to see how bad they are and if there is anything surgically that needs to be done. I'm very anxious to see the outcome, because this has been a living nightmare. I'm curious how the surgies on your knees went. I have several painful issues with my back too. I am so sorry you are going through this. The constant pain would cause anybody to have constant anxiety. I would think anyway. It does you and I anyway.
I hope you find something real soon that will eliviate some of your pain, and hopefully your doctor can work on something for the anxiety. Anyway... I wish you nothing but peace and happiness. Hang in there. As my Grandma always told me... This too shall pass. I hope so anyway. Best wishes to you hon. I'm here if you need someone to talk to. Ruthie
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