Hello. I am a 34 female. I had a miscarraige about 5 months ago. I began having pain in my joints 6 months ago. I found out the baby died and I had carried it for a whole month before I knew. The pain was in the joints from lower back on down hurting mostly when I would go to stand or sit. I assumed the pain was from the strain of miscarraige and dismissedit until my heels hurt so bad that my boyfriend forced me to go back to the doctor. I would hobble for a few minutes getting out of the car and bed before the edge would wear off and I could sort of walk normal. At first my doctor said I was depressed from losing the baby. Not so-I had an IUD and had not intended to get pregnant in the first place. I was ok with being pregnant because I felt god allowed me to get pregnant so I felt it was ment to be. When I lost it I also felt the same way. Don't get me wrong I was sad but knew it must be for a reason. First she tried me on Welbutrin. I had intense foot and hand itching so I stopped after one week. It continued for about 3 weeks total. She then gave me cymbalta still thinking I was depressed and told me "depression hurts too". I can understand that but insisted I was not. She asked me to try the cymbalta but asked me more questions about my symptoms. She took a full blood work up. While waiting for the results I took the cymbalta. It made me an unfeeling zombie! But only emotionally-I felt such intense heat in my joints, like when you stand in front of a campfire. The receptionist called and informed me I tested higher than normal for some test for RA. My doctor was on vacation but she recommended that I find a specialist. This was 9/5 and the soonest I could get an appointment is 11/5! I stopped the cymbalta when my boyfriend so kindly pointed out that I was drooling while sitting staring at the tv with my mouth hung open. I only then realized i was sitting like that because I did not want to move my body because of the pain. I stopped the medication the next day and never felt the "heat" again. I had assumed it was the RA! I was just still looking it up because I was unaware of the disease. I'm on celebrex now-I notice nothing good or bad. I now have pain in my elbows and my fingers feel alien to me. That's the only thing I can think to describe it. Not full on pain but achey and not my own. My whole body has felt like it has revolted since the miscarraige. Please can anybody relate? I've read that 90% of women with RA have a flare after having or losing a baby.... Is this what I'm feeling? I ask my doctor but she doesn't seem to know much about RA and I have a whole month to wait for the specialist. Any advice?
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