caret icon Back to all discussions

Managing RA pain

I have been dealing with RA pain for 30 plus Years. After many many fail medications including methotrexate and trail mess, why is it the rheumatologist still do not describe Norco to give this chronic disease relief to patients after so many years of suffering? Then people wonder why mental health comes into play along side RA pain. This illness is so overwhelming.

  1. Dealing with RA pain is so hard, , we hear you. And it is especially frustrating when doctors are hesitant to prescribe pain relief meds. You're definitely not alone in feeling overwhelmed and frustrated about this. Have you ever met with a pain management specialist? Some of our community members here have been able to find a regime with the help of this specialist, but of course it's not feasible for everyone. Here's an article with more information in case you're interested, https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/pain-management-specialist. This community is here for you! -- Warmly, Christine (Team Member)

    1. Hi, MaSanchez..I see a pain Management Specialist. He is an Anistesthiologist ans is very aware of RA pain. I am on Norco and it has made a difference in my life. Ask your Primary Care Provider to refer you to a Pain Dr. We are in So much pain even after methotrexate, which Really tore up my stomach. I couldn't talk it, Sulfasalazine or any of the RA meds causing stomach issues. I see my Rheumatologist on Aug 21st to discuss biological. I was only diagnosed 2 months ago. It is challenging. Be your own Advocate. Best wishes

      1. I get hydrocodone but to be honest it doesn’t stop the pain. Prednisone is what stops my pain

        1. I am taking prednisone too.

      2. Yes, I gain 100 lbs and plus over the years taking 40mg of prednisone twice daily over the years. Recently 8mo. Ago I got on a diet and since then I went from 270 to 170 lbs. Thank you

        1. , congratulations on the weight loss! How awesome! I am sorry that you experienced the dreaded prednisone weight gain, though. I know that must have been frustrating!


          Best, Erin, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member.

        2. Wow! That’s awesome! I know that took a lot of hard work and challenging commitments to achieve this! Keep it up and thanks for being an inspiration to our community! You got this! Well wishes, Latoya (Team Member)

      Please read our rules before posting.