How do you cope with the pain

hi I'm jack I'm 28 and new to this and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when i was around 22 .
Don't get me wrong there has been some good times with medication over the years but my body after a while seems to fight against it hence making me in horrible pains all the time. For the last 2 weeks I have felt my body weaken and my condition worsen. And because of covdi 19 I find myself sitting here just dealing with it. I mean I've never in mylife struggled to wash my myself sit down to use the toilet but the last 3 weeks have been a battle outside I'm healthy inside its like a war zone and the pain some times really isn't nice.
My cousin has fibro and many a time has hinted I possibly also have this as my symptoms I talk to him about he says are the exact same he has and is convinced I have it. I have recently started a new drug that doesn't seem to be working but its early days so I need to just bare with it a while I'm on strong meds and tbh with you the next stage of pain meds will be more or less morphine I'm 28 and feel like I'm 100 does anyone have any advice at all. Thank you.


  • Brynmor
    Brynmor Member Posts: 1,755

    Hi Jack and welcome to the online Community.

    I'm sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time with pain. It can be utterly exhausting and all consuming. In fact, it can take up so much of your attention you forget to think about anything else...

    There is a number of examples of pain management on our website that deal with specific areas of the body, but it would perhaps be best to start with more general advice Managing your pain

    This covers how pain can affect you, various drug treatments and then goes on to a great section on what you can do in terms of self-help.

    Many of our members live with high pain levels everyday. There are also a range of suggestions in previous discussions that may be worth reading. Just type "pain management" into the search box for a list of links.

    Here also is a link to Escape Pain: Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise.

    I hope we get a good selection of suggestions that may help you.

    Best wishes


  • Airwave!
    Airwave! Member Posts: 2,466

    Ask your GP for a referral to the Pain Therapy Clinic course, they are advanced with their medical knowledge and will take you through a variety of subjects including pain relief, exercise, cognisant therapy etc etc. You will gain a lot of knowledge which will bring you confidence to deal with your condition on your own. Many doctors haven’t been on them yet.

    and of course follow the information you can get from this site.

    its a grin, honest!