Can this inner beast read??

Hmm - three weeks ago grumbling about the shoulder but Getting On With It.  "I Can Fix Her" crows the Inner Beast. 
Last Tuesday woke up with unbearable pain in left hand.  As it started in thumb and worked its way across and then down hand and up arm thought "OMG Stroke"...(as you do...)  But ability to leap out of bed and pull embarrassing faces in mirror and remember how to count back from 10 reassured me. 
But so agonising and lasted so long. First time RA pain ever had me in tears. The middle of the night is never the best of times to be unwell. Had to cancel most of subsequent day's schedule except for late arvo drive (husband at wheel as wouldnt have been possible) to see eldest daughter's "new" house and farewell the old.  (Dont know if possible in other places but they managed a private sale via our on line auction company here called Trade Me.  Saved both parties money.)
 
The pain continued and I contacted rheumy.  Sadly he is off work and the local hospital which is one of the less well run ones in New Zealand hasnt bothered to get in a locum yet, the rheumy nurse run off her feet so little they could offer except to suggest take one of two alternative pain/inflammation drugs which in the course of things I am normally warned not to take with prednisone. 
 
Pain caused by sudden onslaught of wrist area thought the nurse (all on telephone) which can happen - like carpel tunnel only caused by our common enemy so very sudden... 
 
So still battling but able to pick at the computer when drugs kick in a little.  Have to keep looking ahead and remember that pretty well always it will move on.  Have had this trouble only not so suddeny or painful in right hand and the physio worked wonders.... Just need to get to actually see a medic.
 
Huge great sigh - so dont worry those elsewhere suffering from unusual weather patterns...Not a hurricane - it is only I.

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WarriorGal
WarriorGal

Soooo sorry! Forgive my chemo brain for not remembering -- what RA meds are you on other than pred?
camba
camba

Mtx and plaquenil plus the vit support they add and fosamax because of the thud bones taking from long term prednisone. Managed to get the rheumy nurse this afternoon.and told to keep on with iboprofen which before forbidden!! Quite sore. More concerned that this isnt usually thump weather although there are these weather fronts swirling about in the surrounding areas and parts of the Philippines got that hammering a week back.
WarriorGal
WarriorGal

why are you not on a biological??? hand pain COULD indicate oncoming deformities.
camba
camba

Almost impossible to get biologics here. You have to be so bad that the damage is long done. I think deformities on the way and already can see some of that classic wrist to knuckle change but not with the twisting as in your pictures. Anyway now find anything more than 2 iboprofen upsetting stomach so today going to try tobook private appointment with guy in the next town across I have sen before. He will at least be able to give steriod injections which the nurse cant. This inability to get appointments is a feature of the state system but my hospital, Tauranga, as I said before is one of the worse, if not the most badly run, in the whole country. May be able to get a cancellation for this guy. He is as good as I am likely to get but limited like anyone else by low priority for RA patients in a system like ours. In spite of this system fault I still think it is better than letting people die at the gates because they cant pay.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Og boy Camab .so sorry you are in so much pain. if I were there I\'d give youa big giant hug .
your friend ,
Tami
camba
camba

Thanks Tami. I am grabbing that cyber hug! Nice to feel DS pals thinking of me occasionally. It kind of helps to have the click/link to enter \"our world\", relax almost before exiting back to Current Life and something of an act... I try not to discuss RA \"out there\".

Sally, I only have the criteria on heresay as my medics dodge and shift and tell me I am way off yet. It is I have been heard four major joints - like two hips and two knees - or 23 smaller ones. I feel wasted enough on these flare days - as I get the impression everyone else does on here - without having that number of joints devastated at once... Anyway it may not be the picture. I dont worry about alienating the doctors...When stuff is state run everyone runs for the cover of paperwork and shrugs nicely...

Appreciate a little feedback. Everyone else has pain and I still think I have got off lightly compared to many on here up until now. And this too may pass as the saying goes.