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I hate RA

  • By Cheryl Buhr

    I am so tired of this horrible disease. Every time I’m feeling better and think I can handle it, BAM! More PAIN! So frustrating! Still learning and trying to figure out RA. I guess I’m experiencing a flare. Already taking methotrexate and Enbrel. Now considering a prednisone pack. (I think that’s what my rheumatologist called it) UGH!
    Recently started on lexapro, too. Lexapro was a tough decision, but has improved my emotional well being.
    Yeah, I hate RA.

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  • By Mariah Z. Leach Moderator

    Hi Cheryl ~

    I’m so sorry to hear that you are struggling right now. One of the more frustrating aspects of life with RA is the seemingly endless ups and downs! I personally have a love-hate relationship with prednisone – I don’t like staying on it long term but sometimes a short course of prednisone can REALLY help the way you feel. So hopefully it helps you too! In the meantime remember that we understand what you are going through and we are here to support you! Hang in there!!

    ~Mariah~

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  • By Cheryl Buhr

    Thanks Mariah. It helps to be able to shout out here. Sometimes I need to just tell someone that understands. The unpredictability is so frustrating! The methotrexate and Enbrel have finally minimized the daily, constant pain to a manageable level. So this flare kind of threw me for a loop.

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  • By Mariah Z. Leach Moderator

    Hi Cheryl ~

    I know just what you mean – and that’s part of the reason that this site is here! We are always willing to be an ear to listen (or a shoulder to cry on!) when things are rough. I truly hope that your current flare relaxes and you feel better soon! In the meantime hang in there! I have been in your shoes many times!

    ~Mariah~

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  • By Jane Burbach

    Hi Cheryl,

    I get the emotional aspect and the Lexapro and I hate RA too.

    I take Cymbalta, which is supposed to help with the perception of pain, and it seems to help on some level, as well as with anxiety and depression. My issue is anxiety more than depression. My psychiatrist started with Zoloft and switched to Prozac and then the Cymbalta – which is an SNRI, rather than an SSRI like the first two. So, it can take time to find the right antidepressant and we are all different.

    For really bad flares, my rheumatologist gives me a systemic Depomedrol shot, which is a steroid like Prednisone. It helps get me moving again. Some people take prednisone or other steroids on a daily basis and have to wean off when they want to stop. I don’t have any experience with this. By golly, I am on more meds than anyone I know just to function.

    The unpredictability of it is the WORST! I hope the Enbrel and Methotrexate bring remission for you! We just keep on keeping on.

    Jane

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