• over 1 year ago

    Blowing through mediation

    First time posting.
    I have RA and Fibromyalgia.
    My pain is limiting me on a daily basis. Currently using prednisone taper. Just started Actemra.
    Also thinking I should see a psychologist because I am depressed. I'm sure others are experiencing the same..any advice encouragement is welcome.

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  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Blowing through mediation

    Hello and welcome. I am sorry for what you are experiencing and fully understand. Click on my avatar to read my story in my profile.

    Yes, chronic pain affects our mental health as well as physical. There are mental health professionals that deal with patients who are managing chronic pain. Search for one of these.

    What type of doctor(s) are you seeing for your pain issues? I have found that a pain management specialist that is a physiatrist (a specialist that offers a wide variety of treatments) can be very helpful. For the RA specfically, a rheumatologist can be helpful.

    I pray you find answers and relief soon.

    Blessing,

    -Dave
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Blowing through mediation

    Hi, I disagree re psychologist etc unless you have a lot of time & $. If you are rockbottom depressed or having suicidal thoughts then yes, get help of any type asap .....there are crisis lines, get to doctor. Personally I think being depressed is a pretty natural process of dealing with pain & a lifestyle that you didn't choose. I know it happened to me. I also found that prednisone & other drugs really affected my moods & thinking drastically. Don't give up & don't accept it! I think loss of control over your life is depressing. I was hit suddenly with crippling inflammatory arthritis 6 years ago & I went through hell, couldn't walk or use my hands/arms for much for 2 years. I tried a lot of the prescribed drugs & then while I was waiting for biologic approval as my last resort, I found other things that worked. I researched like crazy, tried everything, & eventually I got better. I haven't been on any drugs for 2 years, nothing. Here I am with improved CRP's blood tests that show inflammation in lower range of normal when it used to be off the charts. I have no symptoms, no pain, energy back & sleeping great. It took me a year to regain strength in my legs & now I can walk 6k, do stairs etc. This is an inflammatory disease & getting rid of inflammation is key. Yes, diet helps etc , get rid of inflammatory foods, sugar etc but you have to keep your spirits up & not lose hope. There are a few still relatively unknown/alternative ways to deal with autoimmune disease that work & are proven, one is an RX with very low side effects, it's cheap & effective. Other is a nutrigenomic that is a natural combo that work with & regulates cell expression because your body produces inflammatory enzymes. This turns down the inflammatory enzyme expression & ramps up the antioxidant enzyme production which in turn heals & normalizes cells.
    Not sure how to get you info as you aren't supposed to post links etc. on this site. Don't give up, there are answers & ways for those that are willing to do whatever it takes! When I attended physio sessions at the arthritis foundation I was shocked by how many people had no hope & I just thought, I'm not going to be one of them although by all physical comparisons I was one of them. By the way, the arthritis society is a good support network & if you live to one that you can get to, you can get a doctor referral for free physio & counselling, at least you can in Canada where I am. anyways if there is a way to get you info i will
  • 7 months ago

    RE: Blowing through mediation

    Hi, I am searching also-pain I never ending.