hi guys i’ve been having a bad flare up in my shoulder joints which radiates down my arms into my wrists and fingers 😩 tried painkillers, tried ice, tried hot water bottles and deep heat etc etc, nothing seems to be working. i sleep with 6 pillows so i’m supported yet it still wakes me up at night and i’m in agony throughout the day. it seems to come and go throughout the day and night but it really is putting me in a bad mood and getting me down especially during lockdown, i can’t keep my mind busy by baking or reading because my arms hurt so much
have tried doing some arm exercises but i’m not really sure if they’re working or if it’s being beneficial so any advice would help really it seems to go off a little when i’m sat up which makes it a pain for when i lay down or am propped up on my pillows for bed time which is when it’s the worst.
hope everyone is keeping well x
What medication are you on?
methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine
Have you rung your Rheumy department and told them what is going on. If not, it may be worth it as they may suggest you having a steroid injection to calm it down.
no, i haven’t wanted to bother them, if it gets any worse i’ll give them a call i’ve never had a steroid injection before
I know they're busy but they are also there for you too. Steroid injections don't always work and they don't work for everybody. The first one I had was like a magic potion (which is what I think you need now, especially as none of your pain killers are working), but the second one didn't do anything for me at all. What you're experiencing sounds bad enough to me to ring your Rheumy department, but at the end of the day, it's up to you. Good luck - I hope you can get it sorted. x
thankyou that’s great, i’m willing to try anything at this point it’s driving me mad!! x