I spent a lot of time at Mayo learning more about the biologics and the DMARDs
I was told that the biologics will not help me with my pain.
DMARDS slow down damage but really do not have pain relief properties - or good
ones at least..
Corticosteroids reduce inflammation really fast and that alone helps you to be relatively
pain free. You will feel better all the way around.
You will have existing pain that was there before you started the DMARDS or the
Biologics but new pain must be addressed and that's what you are watching for -
that's the stuff that you will want to highlight in your pain diary... it's important
because if that is going on or your existing pain gets worse then a switch in
medicines is the new treatment plan..
You need good pain medicine for pain.. sometimes it's a "mind" medicine that does
actually work great on pain but sometimes you need a prescription pain relief and if
your doctor refuses then you need to really do some homework or ask the doctor
how you will get along without "something" and it's likely that together you will find
a good pain reliever that isn't always a narcotic. I' m doing studies right now that are
telling me that some of the antidepressants work just like narcotic pain relievers do.