Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Gimme a break

Really, RA?  You're really moving into my hips???  The one part of me that I would brag about to folks, "but at least I have good strong hips!"???  I mean, I know I had that one night flare ten years ago in my right hip, but nothing since then.  Why are you all up in my grill (whatever that means)????  And, now that we're talking, why have you moved into my left shoulder?  You've dominated my right shoulder for over a year now, rendering it incapable of being raised above my head.  Now you want to do that to my other one?  What, you want to ensure that I have dirty hair cause I can't reach up and completely wash my hair?  So now I can barely reach my head AND my feet.  Thanks a lot, jerk.

Oh crud, I just took a proactive break from ranting to book an appointment with my doctor for some cortisone shots in said nasty joints and he is away for the next few weeks.  And, getting cortisone shots makes me really paranoid.  I've had doctors struggle giving them to me, banging into the bone, so I don't want to just go to anyone.  Poop.

On a positive note (and despite how it may seem, I do try to remain positive) I just got back from my best friend's wedding and it was beautiful!  I was in massive flare mode, but I had a great time visiting long time friends, decorating, getting mani/pedis (for the first time ever!) and eating a lot of food.  I'll write more on this later, I promise!! 


  1. The hips and shoulders are the two most painful places. Both have brought me to tears. So sorry you are feeling this way.

  2. Ugh, so sorry to hear that Pony :( Was wondering how you were, not seen an update for a while. Maybe it's just another one-time flare??

  3. Cathy, I haven't had such sleep disturbance since my early days of RA due to my shoulders! The weird thing about my hips is there is little to no pain, just limited mobility. Very weird.

    Squirrel, I'm keeping everything crossed that this is a one time thing and that everything chills out soon.

    Thanks both of you :)

  4. If I were there I'd give you a squishy but careful hug. :D

  5. Hope this finds you feeling better! I haven't had to deal with any issues in my hips but shoulders are another story. Geezum crow I can barely stand it when I have a flare in my shoulders. Feel better soon chica!

  6. oh noooo not the hips too that is soooo not fair. You can have a depomedrome injection under ultrasound which can really help as it gets directly to the spot. I have also found my pregnancy pillow handy as I can position it to support my legs. Not very sexy but practical!

  7. Thanks folks, I have to say, I'm feeling a bit better. And feeling the love :) Why is the shoulder such an intense place to feel pain??

    Wonky warrior, I don't have a pregnancy pillow, but I do have a regular pillow underneath my knees at all times in bed :) And, I'm not worried about the sexy thing as my husband is generally completely surrounded by pillows!

  8. I would like to suggest you visit www.roadback.org and look into low dose, long term antibiotic therapy.

    There is also a book you can read on the subject. "The New Arthritis Breakthrough, Including Dr. Brown's classic, The Road Back by Henry Scammell"

    I can't offer much in the way of info, since I am new to it myself, but I sure wish someone would've told me about it years ago.

    Take care,