I remember the very first time I had a Depo injection in my bottom, I hated needles but, you know what it's like anything to help with the pain. Didn't do any good though, think the RA was to out of control by then.
The next one I remember was the Infusion, didn't know at the time what I was having and quite honestly didn't care.
I had been admitted to hospital (again) by my Rheumy which was then Dr George Kitas, now, a professor!! He was very good to me, although never unable to get control of my RA he still helped as much as he could. He would always try to get me a side room of my own so that my son Luke who was just a baby in arms, was able to stay with me at times in the room.
Even though I was so poorly I still needed my son with me as I was having difficulty bonding with him. The odd night he would stay in my room and Dr Kitas would arrange for a cot to be put in there from the childrens ward, all the nurses were allowed to help, in fact they were told to by Dr Kitas! They would change his nappies feed him and then hand him to me for some "special time" together.
They did so much for us, I don't think it would happen now though. Health and safety and all that.
Anyway, one day I'd just been given a bath by the nurses ( dignity out of the window many years ago!) when Dr Kitas came into the room asking the normal questions, how I was etc,no change. He asked me to move from the chair onto the bed, I couldn't!! I literally was unable to move so much pain and stiffness it was like I had a heavy weight holding me down. He came over to me picked me up and carried me to the bed, I think he realized then just how ill I was.
It was then I was given my first steroid infusion, and boy did it work. I think I was given about three lots over the week and I felt so much better. Anyone who as had them will know .
But, of course like everything else didn't last. But, I was then also put on steroid pills. Red and brown they were then, not taken them for years so don't now if they are the same or not. They worked great too often being increased on every visit to the hospital or GP. My face looked like a beach ball and I gained a few stone but at least they were helping.
Then came the steroid injection, feet,ankles.knees.wrists,fingers,elbows,shoulders even had one in my jaw! If it was a joint they put a needle in it, often drawing away fluid too (painful!)
I stopped counting at 50! yes 50 joint injections they wouldn't give you that many now though, only allowed so many into each joint.
Don't have any now though, well into the surgery route instead, but like I say where would we be without those little STEROIDS!!!
(not for everyone thought I might add!)