Has anyone dealt with the disease mostly being in your chest? Before my diagnosis I had a bout of pericarditis. Since my diagnosis I’ve been struggling near constantly with costochondritis and now recently I was diagnosed with pleuritis and well. I feel like I haven’t been able to breath for year without a stabbing, tearing pain somewhere in my chest or ribs.
I started Cimzia about 3 months ago and I don’t feel any differently than I did just taking my NSAID. Since my first injection I’ve had a fill in rheumatologist while mine has been at conferences. She just kind of nods at me sympathetically but doesn’t really say anything. I can’t wait until my doctor is back so I can ask her if this is just my new normal. I’m still very newly diagnosed and I have no idea what to expect. Is this my life now? Every day?
But anyway, chest pain? I spend hours and hours each day with heating pads on my chest/back/ribs on my left side. I take lots of warm baths with Epsom salts, and I take an NSAID. Has anyone else been able to find any relief? Some days I feel like I’m at my wits end.
Oh! One more: is anyone else especially clumsy? I live in a 3 story townhouse but we’re looking into moving. I’ve been having issues with my hips and knees locking up and I’ve had a few tumbles down the stairs. Normal? Or am I just clumsy?