Hello everyone and happy holidays! I hope you have enough extra 'spoons' to get you through. So far, I'm doing relatively well for the winter season. Normally, I am in horrible shape in the winter; this year I've had a lot of extra challenges. The Dutchman and I went on a romantic spa getaway to Bath a few weeks ago which was lush but also very tiring. My son is home for an entire week before heading to his dad's, and having a hyperactive son with autism home by myself for seven days is proving to be just as exhausting as ever! The Dutchman and his family (met the parents!!!!) were over, then I did a early Yul feast with me and son, and then a Yul feast with Dutchman's family. I'm officially done in and I have two more days to go before son is off and I can collapse! I know, I'm probably an idiot for doing so much but things have been stressful for my boyfriend and I'm trying spread a bit of holiday cheer.
One of the things I am still struggling with is while I'm on biologics, I find I still need pain relief. My back has been troubling me immensely in the past week (no wonder, really, I'm clearly overdoing it and I'm on strict orders from Dr Dutchman to take it easy for the rest of the month). I finally resorted to taking my last Tramadol - I had requested a scrip back in Sept while I was waiting for my new etanercept scrip to come through. And, because the stuff is precious and my usual GP would never prescribe, I hoarded the meds and only took them when I needed (fair dos, Tramadol makes me 'trip ballz' and I only take it when the pain is excruciating - thankfully rare now with the change in biologics)
My GP had told me if the biologics were working then I shouldn't need pain relief, but the more people I speak to on biologic medication, the more tell me that they still have pain and still need to have it managed and treated. Does anyone else have this as an issue? Don't get me wrong, the etanercept is starting to work - my inflammation markers are going down - but I'm still feeling pain now and again, enough so this week that I've begrudgingly requested more Tramadol to get me through till spring.