Naproxen Fast

My stomach has been bothering me a lot lately. I tried cutting out coffee. Black tea was mildly problematic. The issue being coffee is the best at helping control my ADHD. Didn’t really help.

A few years back my Rheumatologist prescribed acid reducers to take with the Naproxen. It was the same visit she told me to stop taking them as needed and just take them daily. My Rheumy really isn’t big on medication so I take it pretty seriously when she tells me to take things daily.

I’ll be trying seven days without Naproxen. Then we’ll go from there. I’m working a bit less right now so it may work out well. My bloodwork is the best it’s been since before I started breeding. So maybe, just maybe, I can successfully cut back to “as needed” again.

Currently prescribed 500mg of Naproxen, twice a day.

My other reason for dropping it is because I’ve started getting migraines. They generally aren’t hideously painful but they last for days. I’m currently on day four of one right now. The migraine meds that actually work are a high level anti-inflammatory that I cannot take with my two doses of Naproxen due to risking toxicity.

Right now treating my uncontrolled migraines is more important than my very well controlled arthritis.

Wish me luck!

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Bronchitis 2018

I developed Bronchitis while in the late stages of pregnancy in 2016. Every Autumn since I have gotten it again. This year included. The doctor gave me more powerful antibiotics then I’ve ever taken before, at a high dosage. If it doesn’t improve in a few days I have to go back.

This is the worst time for this. I’ve just started Yuletide presents. Work is getting busier. Pumpkins need to be carved. Blarg.

Annual Rheumatologist Appointment 2018

Saw my Rheumatologist today[Wednesday, September 12th 2018], here is the yearly update:

All labs are good.

My arthritis is very well controlled, can’t do much about Angry Ankle and Pissy Foot, it’s just life with arthritis. Meds remain unchanged.

Which are:

Hydroxychloroquine(dosage based on wright), Naproxen 500mg × 2 daily, Acetaminophen as needed, Cyclobenzaprine 10mg x 1 daily, Rabeprazole 10mg x 1 daily, Cannabis as needed.

The extra aches and pains can be attributed to my Chronic Pain Disorder. My Rheumatologist told me today she really doesn’t like the name Fibromyalgia because it implies muscle pain, when it is really a pain disorder. Things hurt. There doesn’t need to be anything specific even there for it to hurt.

Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease is still very mild. It’s not even something we talk about anymore.

She had not seen my physical or mental assessments from WorkBC. She agreed that, physically, I am capable of gentle part time work.

Was very insistent about me starting an exercise program. Just walking isn’t enough. Maintaining mobility as well as keeping muscle tone is important.

My arthritis symptoms are overall BETTER because I’m working part time.

Eyebrows are developing annual mild psoriasis. A new spot, about the size of a loonie, has appeared on my left ankle. So now my ankles match. It’s barely noticable right now but it was documented.

So overall my I’m holding up rather well in the physical department.

1 February 2016

Fibro Pain: 8-9
Arthritis Pain: 5-6

Joints were only mildly cranky, mostly due to work. Fibro pain was bad today. A few light headed moments. Had a late walk and missed my bus, watched it drive by as I was painfully trying to book it up the stairs. I just about burst into tears. When I got up the last flight my wonderful hubby and the child were waiting for me to drive me home. SO happy to see them. My mid-spine is quite painful today. I’ve never been sure if that pain is FM or PA related. I discovered this evening that I have lost the ability to use a mortar and pestle. I know I can pick up an electric grinder for like $10 but it’s not about the ease of which I can replace using my hands; It’s about the fact it’s one more thing I’ve lost the ability to do with my hands. I am displeased but too tired and worn out to really get bent out of shape about it. I’m VERY slowly putting together a batch of banana-carrot-zucchini muffins, and by slowly I mean I started an hour ago. *silly face* They will be good when they are finally done. Hanging out with my son is great. I don’t get to see him nearly enough right now. Last week I did routine blood tests ordered by my rheumatologist. I think they are just to make sure all my organs are happy since I am generally on medication at all times. I’m supposed to get them done every six months but I haven’t gotten them done in about a year. My GP’s office called today to come in and talk about it, so I go do that tomorrow. I don’t think there is actually anything to worry about. My rheumatologist put me back on Plaquenil after I stopped it on the advice of my GP about 9 months ago. Said in my case it is more stressful on my body and worse for conception/pregnancy to be off than on. There have been rare cases of children born with some hearing loss. I’m back on it though and very happy about it. A few more weeks and I’ll start to feel some real difference in pain levels. New studies have also pointed to anti-inflammatories causing issues with egg implantation, rheumatoloist said it’s not anything to worry about with folks who get pregnant easily but since I do have issues with that we have taken off of any anti-inflammatory drugs.

I think that’s all the new info.

November 22nd 2015

Today was a much better day. Pain levels down to the 8-10 range. Still feeling pretty fragile and tire easily, joint and muscle pain flaring easily. Spent as much time as possible resting and taking it easy. A cold front is moving in which I’m sure isn’t helping with my pain levels. 

Pain level: 8-10

Medication: 3 x Tylenol 3, 2 x 500mg Naproxen, 30mg Paroxetine, 1 x Cyclobenzaprine, Marijuana as needed

Mood: tired but good

Update – November 21st 2015

After my hefty morning dose of medicine I curled up on the couch and snuggled with the little man, the Big Man was sitting close by. The bedroom probably would have been better but I’ve barely seen the menfolk after working 12 days straight. After an hour or so I got up and ate something and felt somewhat better, things were down to a dull roar, so about a 10. Took one T3 in the late afternoon, will be taking another plus Naproxen and Cyclobenzaprine to keep on to of things. I know where I slipped up, well outside of agreeing to work that many days consecutively anyways. Timing is everything when it comes to pain, particularly inflammatory pain. It’s like a wildfire. Without containment it will rage through everything. I will be setting up a rotating schedule for my Naproxen so I don’t wait so many days in between courses. Three days on, four to five days off should get me through Winter. A T3 at morning, noon, and night, which I think works out to five hours between doses. Cyclobenzaprine will be taken at bedtime as currently prescribed, as much as possible. I used this drug before I was even pregnant with the little man so I know the instructions for use with Fibromyalgia. If needed I can take one or two more over the day,five or six hours apart. I’d like to avoid that, hence the rotating Naproxen schedule and T3 phone alarm reminders.

Note: I wanted to write more but sleep was more important.

Pain Level 11-12

It’s a rare occasion when I hit this high on the pain scale. I’ve taken all possible medications:

  1. 1.5 Tylenol 3 tablets
  2. 1 500mg Naproxen tablet
  3. 1 Cyclobenzaprine tablet
  4. Smoking marijuana (w/ bong)

It’s all mostly kicked in. I am a slow machine. Time for a nap already.