Hi I know that I said that I was going away but things are catching up on me a bot now with all this pain and I've even got some visible swelling going on at last as my ankles are red and a bit swollen and the whole of me from neck down is raging with heat today. But I can't face the GPs AGAIN so wonder if you can tell me about Diclofenac.
Against all my promises to myself, and on weary partner's advice (kept awake a lot by my whimpering and moaning), I snuck back into surgery and saw a nice female locum yesterday who said my right shoulder and arm could be an RSI or RA and put my name down for physio - at last something non-drug related that might actually help me! Five months now since I went to GP with pain in wrists and knee and asked to see a physio and look where it's got me? NOWHERE at all!
She didn't make me feel like a hypo unlike my usual God's Gift to womenkind usual chap - but instead gave me Diclofenac 50 mg tablets to be taken three times a day with the 10mg of Amytriptyline I already take and like (although pain relief effects seem to wear off now but it calms me at least). I took 3 of these yesterday after food as advised but today I found I had put on 3lbs in 24 hours despite not eating much at all? Also I slept really badly last night with pain in just about every part of me, but especially in my left shoulder down to wrist. Today I woke in a terrible muddle but had a work meeting and other stuff early so had to drive the car into town. Now ankles all swollen and I feel wiped out. My tummy was sore this morning so I decided to drop the Diclofenac for the time being. Once again grumpy pharmacist gave no side effect stuff so had to look up online but I'm not sure whether this stuff has to be taken all the time and weaned off slowly when pain dies down or what? Does it make you worse when you stop taking it?
The wave of heat I get in various areas seems to precede the pain that then arrives in same areas - does this make any sense? Is it the inflammation even though there's seldom anything to see or feel and should I be brave and bully GP for another ESR test about 5 weeks after last reading of 44 after steroid? I find going into my surgery rather humiliating now but I am really aching all over and night times are becoming dread worthy as I often can hardly move a pillow or lift the duvet. Don't know what on earth to do next - if anything?
So I decided to break my vow of silence and ask you experts what you think of Diclofenac as pain relief - should I continue to avoid it? Feel miserable because it's my close friend's wedding tomorrow and I've been so looking forward to it. I really want a glass of bubbly if possible as that would compensate for the humiliating hobble and fact that I'll probably be the only one sitting out on the Scottish dancing (although I'm rubbish at it anyway!). Your advice about pain meds and other things I can do tonight or while I wait until next rheumy apt in November - especially following on from Mands' Pain Relief blog - would be much appreciated.