Subject: Re: rheumatoid arthritis injection
Hi Claire, I too have RA and can so remember the horrific pains when it came on, everywhere hurts.
Before I was taking any of the rheumatoid medications I was given tramadol and diclofenac but it was only when I took two tramadol (not the diclofenac) every four hours it helped, one did no good whatsoever, but you must have something in your stomach to take them because on an empty stomach it will make you sick, and can damage lining of stomach.
Please try to get her to eat, even if it is very
small amounts, I could only manage 1/4 of a bread and butter sandwich but it helped the pills, plus her muscles will eventually starts to reduce and she will get really weak.
I would say a warm bath but when you are in so much pain that is practically impossible. But a bag of frozen peas or something wrapped in a cloth and placed on the hurting parts does help. I really feel for you mum-in-law it is horrible, but with the help of the proper drugs from the clinics you should see a bit of improvement. My steroid jabs usually take effect before I get out of the hospital and last for about 2-3 months but everyone is different. If you call in g.p. he might give a morphine injection, but not sure if that can be done after a steroid, maybe someone else will know.
You will get lots of help on here.