I am getting very frustrated with my RA pain. About 6 years ago I developed carpal tunnel and had surgery to correct it, this began several years of repeated efforts to solve my joint pain in both hands all fingers.
I was seronegative so my Primary Care and my Ortho Dr keep up with many different meds and 2 more carpal tunnel surgeries. My PC finally referred me to a Rheumatologist who repeated blood work which was still seronegative, prescribed meloxicam, and some NSAIDS.
After several months of contained worsening pain, the doctor said and I quote "Well what else do you want me to do?" I'm sure I don't need to explain how I felt.
I found another Rheumatologist who diagnosed the RA, started me on steroids and methotrexate. I felt a big sense of relief mentally that I could now address the issue. As I watched my a couple of fingers and toes cripple, and pain that continued I started to feel discouraged again.
I am a retired Psychologist and believe heavily in using your mind as well as medical help to deal with pain.
I started Humira 5 months ago, and I am not feeling relief.
Here's the question. Are my expectations for pain relief too high? There are times I cry in pain and other times I can deal with it. My Rheumatologist sent me to a pain specialist who said "nothing I can do for you, you've tried all the meds I would recommend!"