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Pain in all its many permutations

Ugh. I got distracted talking to P before the freestyle session started yesterday and got on the ice with my blade guards on. I was hanging on to the boards with my left hand and managed to sort of let myself down gently, so it didn't hurt at the time. Today: OUCH. My whole left side is screaming at me.

On the bright side: I have a lot of drugs for that.

I think also have to eat some crow. Three days into the prednisone, and my lower back/sacroiliac pain is GONE. I walked my dog around the block today without back pain for the first time in over two years.

I guess this means I need to admit I have ankylosing spondylitis and should start the Humira. I'm glad I at least know turning off part of my immune system should help, rather than winging it on a hope and a prayer. And it'll be nice not to be in constant pain, assuming the Humira works as well as prednisone.

(Bad side: The steroids did nothing for all of my other joints, including elbows, fingers, thumbs, knees, ankles, and toes. But the back pain is 70% of my daily pain, so I guess that's okay. And perhaps the Cymbalta will take care of the other joints in time.)

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bulleteyes
Oct. 10th, 2016 08:56 pm (UTC)
I had to make a choice over 30 years ago. The neuromuscular disease I had was impossible to treat at the time and I was in constant pain.

Did I do the drugs knowing that in the coming years my body would have consequences or did I try to forgo the relief to not have consequences.

I chose the relief. It's downside might have been my future but pain was stealing my present. I do mean pain, not just discomfort. You sound like you are way past discomfort, too.

I've talked to a lot of different people who also faced this choice. One thing most of us agreed on was life in constant pain was terribly draining in every possible way.
icepixie
Oct. 18th, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
I've talked to a lot of different people who also faced this choice. One thing most of us agreed on was life in constant pain was terribly draining in every possible way.

Lord, yes. I didn't realize how bad it was until it was gone for that brief time I was on steroids. Now the pain is back, and I'm desperate for that damn Humira, ha.

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