My symptoms started in Feb. 09 with flare in right hand. It has never subsided. I have been on MTX 15 mg since May 11. Added Enbrel 50 mg on June 16. Have been using 6 to 8 tramadol a day for pain, vicodan every pm to fall asleep. Dr. said last time I saw her it is aggressive. I've felt no relief, in fact ever since it started, it just seems to get worse each week. spread to my wrist, elbow shoulder, tinlging in ankle, cramping in the calf. Now left hand is starting. Severe pain in hips all through the night. Awake every few hours. Fatigue and stiffness and is so bad in am's I can't get to work until 11:00 am. Of course by now those around me are wondering why I'm no better yet. As I try to prepare some questions to take to my appointment, I'm coming up blank. She told me the last time she's taking an aggressive approach with these meds. So I've been expecting some results by now. I'm preparing myself to probably hear from her that we have to give the meds more time to work I think the meds say 3 to 6 months. I know some of you have indicated the same. I decided to try to cut the pain meds out to see what the pain level is like without them, but I broke down and couldn't even go a full day without them. It doesn't remove the pain as you all know, just takes the edge off. What do you all think? Will I have to hang on like this for several more months before I get some relief. ANY advice is welcome.
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