Do Rheumys Ever Hospitalize People During An Acute Flare?


Asked by StacyR

Do Rheumys Ever Hospitalize People During An Acute Flare?

I am sure we all feel at times that "no one" could have hurt as bad as I do, but I have to say...I am in week 3 of a full body flare. There isnt a joint that doesn't have some degree of swelling. Some of my digits are even purple/red. I cannot walk, can barely work, and have my ex-husband pulling extra time w/the kiddo because I can barely take care of myself. We cannot use prednisone because it caused severe stomach pain, and there won't be any other treatment prescribed until an endoscopy is performed Thurs for ulcers. I am on Percodan, but its short lived and I am taking about 1.5x the dose just to survive, I cannot fathom "just living with it" even for another few days. Has anyone experienced similar?


I'm so sorry you're having such a rough time.

People are hospitalized, although not as much as they were in the past. Given how severe your problems are, I would recommend that you find a way to get to your rheumatologist or your family doctor as quickly as possible to see what can be done. Going into the hospital may be a viable option for you or there may be other things they can do to help you.

hang in there. And please keep us posted on how you're doing.

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW