I try not to overuse this method because I am aware that every time I use it the benefits may decrease and I am never really sure if there will be any benefit at all.
Over the past five years I have had quite a few of these injections and I have had a multitude of results that don’t really have any particular pattern or predictor.
Results can vary, and at best I may have a week or more of discomfort after the injection, and then an maybe an easing of the original pain. For how long? Again, results will vary.
At worst, I experience months of terrible post-injection pain, and NO real improvement to the original complaint.
Bruising can also be added to the equation. I have had large bruises cover my hips and hands from the injecting needles, which can take me weeks or months to go down.
Recently my Rheumy requested that I have another 5 joints injected, including my finger which has developed a painful nodule at the end joint.
Ideally the injections are administered over several visits. However on this day Dr M (injecting doctor) saw me and noted the pained and tired state that I was in so he suggested injecting three of the major joints. I agreed.
A decision I now wish I hadn’t made.
Almost a week since the injections and the after effects have been excruciating.
I sleep no longer than an hour at a time, if at all.
My arm and hip are almost immovable. I am taking the most amount of pain relief that I dare with almost no relief to show for it.
This is the worst reaction to date.
It is always assumed that autoimmunes need only take a few meds, do some gentle excercise and eat well and they will be fine… Anything short of this must be the fault of the sufferer. But I don’t agree.
As I sit here, sleep deprived and experiencing pain levels akin to kidney stones or a burst appendix, I am reminded of why I took the injections in the first place. Ironically, it was the hope that I would feel better.
So for now I am doing what I can and trying to manage each painful moment. Napping when I can. Waiting.