I am having joint fusion surgery this week on my left middle finger. The RA has dmaged my center/knuckle joint beyond repair. The pain is very intense and non-stop at this point.
Is there anyone that has had joint fusion? If so do you have any advise or helpful hints for a quicker recovery? Did the fusion decrease or eliminate your pain?
I still have to work full time, I spend nearly 90% of my time at work on the computer. So my hands are critical to my job function. The joint pain has been debilitating and adversely affected my job performance. That is why I have opted for the fusion. However, I am very nervous and would like to hear from others that have had this surgery.
I feel your frustration! I have been going through the same issues for years. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, OA, Hep C (1 positive test & then negative tests after that for the last 1.5 years, and then RA/OA/Spondylarthritis.
My new doctor is wonderful, kind, caring and takes time with me. Unfortunately we haven't made any progress with my treatment yet.
She has determined that I do have RA/OA/Spondylarthritis. And most likely fibromyalgia! So it could be that you have more than one illness at the same time. Which seems to make it very difficult for the doctors to treat.
We have been going through various medications hoping to find the right one that will work for me. I will just say don't give up! Find a doctor that truly listens to you and is willing to go the extra mile to get you the right treatment. Try different meds and keep trying until you find the one that works for you!