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    An_224110 posted:
    I have had RA for over 12 years now. I was told by my doctor that I possibly had childhood RA that went undetected. I always had trouble and pains in my feet even as a child, but back in those days everything was growing pains. I have a Viral Infection HEP B which prevents me from taking many of the medications on the market. I am only allowed to use a small amount of Prednisone daily. The rest is pain medication I take Oxycontitin and Morphine Sulfate. I would love to be able to not take these pain medications. If I stop I would never be able to some quality of life. I suffer severe pain every day, my morning stiffness last up to three hours at times. It is very difficult to get things done when you have to spend a good part of the day waiting for medication to take hold so that you can go about your business of taking care of your home, shopping etc. etc. Is there anyone out there in the similar position that would be able to give me some ray of hope. I am very depressed constantly even though I am on medication for depression. I don't know where else to turn. I appreciate anyone seeing this if they can give me some advise. Thanks for your time.
    _swank_ responded:
    You might want to visit the pain management board. Everybody there suffers from chronic pain.

    In the meantime stop fretting about taking pain killers. People get way too hung up on that. The prednisone is far more dangerous and has a lot more side effects than the pain meds. But if that's what you need to live a full life then don't worry about it and live your life. I don't remember the last pain free day I had. It wears me down at times but it is what it is.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    I encourage you to check out the Pain Management support Exchange . Have you seen a pain management specialist? My mother has been able to be taken off of the morphine after years of it and put on a newer combo of medications with the careful direction of her Pain Mangagement doctor.

    I also encourage you to join in on our Rheumatoid Arthritis Exchange .

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