Latest update, went to see the Rheumy privately. He is also a professor and very specialised in Rheumatology. He charged me £150 for the pleasure, however I think it was worth it as we discussed things more and got more sense from him.
I am back on the Pregabaline and he also put me on Amitriptyline 10mg once a day in the evening to start with. It is supposed to help with the nerve tingling/stabbing/burning sensations in the hands and fingers. He said I should try Yoga or Pilates. I keep taking paracetamol and Ibuprofen as well.
He would like to do the electrostatics? type test to see if I have Carpal tunnel in both hands now or if it is just because of the nerve in the neck. But this has to be done on the NHS as my private insurance wont cover this. He wrote to my GP to request this study. Hope my GP wont lose his rag again when he sees that I went private as they were not prepared for me to see one as yet. The rheumy also stated that if the tablets don't work, nor the physio or the yoga/Pilates, then to consider injections into the nerve in the neck.
My physio is also confused. He states that I have pain in my hands and arms when I should not have them and vice versa when doing his tests and exercises. The Rheumy said the same that is why he would like to have the electro test done.
I also take the stuff to line the stomach because of all the pills I am taking.
I worked long hours on Monday to Wednesday. My hands were killing me on Tuesday and the body groaned on Wednesday as well. My right hand is really swollen up and today on Friday its going back a little. I cancelled all gardening activity involuntarily due to the rain and winds yesterday and today. I think I am going to have to really build in a rest day in the middle of the week. Otherwise I wont last long.
I told about my knees making funky crunching noises going up and down the stairs and the knee sometimes not working and sinking off, with a slight pain and me having to steady myself on the other leg. The Rheumy said its all part of the overall arthritis picture.
I am doing the exercises I am told to do, but find no improvement at all. But I will keep on doing them though. Also looking to see if I can find a local Pilates or Yoga class.