First post. I’ve had RA for 15 years now (I’m 36). Have so far tried cimzia, humira, Benepali, rituximab and tox infusions - some worked for a short while, some not at all. I have been on prednisolone since I was diagnosed at varying doses - sometimes as low as 1mg a day but currently on 10mg daily and haven’t been below 5 in a couple of years.
I am now into week 3 of Olumiant/ Baricitinib but so far have not had any let up in symptoms.
The pain is becoming increasingly unbearable. I was taking co-codamol 30/500 but recently switched to tramadol and neither really help. They take a slight edge off.
I’m a teacher and back at school full time but I’m really struggling. Everything hurts, I’m exhausted and I just want to cry.
Do any of the stronger pain medications come recommended? I would need to be able to drive/ function as a teacher which worries me.
I’m just at the end of my tether. This is the worst I’ve ever felt and I see no light at the end of the tunnel. My partner is currently out of work so we need my salary to survive but I just don’t know how I can carry on like this.