I also suffer from an autoimmune disease, called ankylosing spondyloarthritis, since I was 25 years old (now 32). I wasted many years visiting the wrong type of doctors... prescribed NSAID's, again and again, especially indomethacin and destroying my stomach. I was such an idiot.
For the last 3 years I am prescribed TNF blocker
(injections called Humira, brand name of adalimubab
) from my reumatologist, twice a month, and I have been saved from several pain. TNF blockers (Humira, Enbrel, Remicade) are the answer today for these kind of diseases (psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis & ankylosing arthritis. I'm not a doctor but I feel very experienced with autoimmune diseases and you just can't manage the pain with opiates
or common painkillers... I can't understand how there are doctors that they prescribe painkillers such as codeine
. Even NSAID's are useless today.
TNF blockers are the solution for modern reumatology. From the first injection (legs or belly) the pain and other problems from the disease stopped. The bad thing is that they are very expensive drugs
and probably I will taking them for the rest of my life - I also have to check my liver often with blood tests and be aware of infections (for example if I have to visit the dentist, I must take antibiotics before). The good thing is that I have public insurance (at least until my country bankrupts, lol).
If you are suffering from any kind of these diseases and since you are so young people, take an MRI, do some specific blood tests, go to a reumatologist, ask him for diagnosis and go on with TNF blockers. And please do not use / misuse painkillers, you're wasting your time.
Take care everybody and good luck.