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Some Days I Couldn't Get Out of Bed Due to Pain

I have been in pain for almost 20 years. Over the past couple of decades I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (a disease that causes bladder pain) and a possible case of gt;lupusgt; (an autoimmune disease that creates inflammation). gt;gt;Then, in 2007, after having pain in my back and other joints for almost eight years, I was finally diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. gt;gt;I bounced from doctor to doctor with everyone telling me I was too young to have the symptoms I was having. The doctors were resistant to testing me. I even went to one with severe swelling in my hands and feet and he told me it was all in my head, even though I had visible signs of a problem. gt;gt;gt;
I was angry the diagnosis took so longgt;gt;I finally found a rheumatologist who was willing to do some tests and conduct a thorough history, as well as talk about my symptoms and what was going on in my life. I felt a great sense of relief to finally have a diagnosis. When you hurt for years and don't get the treatment you need—or even get listened to—finally having a diagnosis is very freeing. gt;gt;I was also very angry because it shouldn't have taken that long. The take-home lesson? You have to be your own advocate. You can't give up. Nobody else is going to do it for you. And all it takes is finding the one doctor who will listen. gt;gt;After I started treatment, I did have some problems with several medications, but I have finally found a combination that works for me. My biggest struggle, though, has been getting proper pain management. My rheumatologist prescribed medication for the rheumatoid arthritis, but not for the pain it causes. gt;gt;Unless you go to a pain …read more



There are so many reasons that can trigger pain which can cause a person to refrain from actually getting out of bed even though they don’t have a stroke or that they are not chronically bedridden because of a particular illness. Some of these reasons include symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis which can be a royal pain in the joints if you ask most people who have it. So pain should never be addressed as a little problem especially because it can come up as a response to other bodily mechanisms. Some of the many things that pain in the morning can trigger include gouty arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. There are people who may feel acute angina due to stress or bottled up tension, this is secondary to heart disease of course. If you feel that pain is disrupting your day-to-day routines, then it would be best to seek consultation with your doctor immediately. It could b a cause for concern and if that happens, you  would want that pain to be addressed as soon as possible, right?

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