×

Share Article

Start a Discussion

Articles > I made my psoriatic arthritis pain go poof!

I made my psoriatic arthritis pain go poof!

When magician Robert Smith found relief after years of debilitating pain and stiffness, he says, _It was like a month of Christmas mornings!_

Provided by HealthMonitor

0
hugs
0
comments
 
These days, Albuquerque magician Robert Smith says his biggest challenge is keeping up with his active toddler, Nathan. Yet not long ago, picking up his magic wand, let alone Nathan, was nearly impossible. Because of joint pain, Robert's fingers and toes were nearly unbendable.

It started with foot pain that forced Robert to sit down on the shower floor. Still, he didn't link his soreness with the mild psoriasis he occasionally had. But over time Robert's condition worsened. One of his fingers became hot, red and swollen. Despite splinting it before bed, he'd wake up screaming from pain. Mornings, his whole body was so achy, he needed two hours just to shower and dress. Robert pressed on, building his career and marrying wife, Sara. But the sleepless nights and nagging soreness took their toll.

'It was up to me to fight" Aware he needed a new outlook, Robert began noting the good things that happened each day: "I slept through the night without having pain. I was able to get the dishes done. Those were "wins" for me. Positives I could build on. And I realized for the first time in years that I could climb out of the hole."

Feeling hopeful, Robert saw a rheumatologist, who diagnosed him with psoriatic arthritis and prescribed methotrexate. But a year later, he wasn't satisfied with the results and discussed alternatives with his rheumatologist.

'I could wiggle my fingers again!'
When the couple relocated, Robert found a new doctor, who suggested a biologic medication. Not long after starting it, he woke up one night to find he could now grasp the bathroom doorknob.
'I turned the light on and woke up Sara," Robert recalls. "It was 4 am and I was wiggling my fingers at her. Look, look! Do you see what I'm doing?!"

Once he could move without pain, Robert began working out. Presto-chango! Off went the 30 pounds he'd gained due to forced inactivity. His magic act changed, too. "For a long time, I had to stop the sleight of hand I do in my act. My joints wouldn't bend. But now I can do 99% of anything I want to do.'

'Build on one success at a time" To give back for all of his blessings, Robert offers his act free to children's hospitals near every venue where he performs. He's also started a website, findyourwin.com, where he urges others to find their win.

'People with chronic pain may struggle just to get out of bed each day. But if you manage it and that's your "win," that's a big deal. Building on one small success at a time can get momentum going your way. And with a disease like this, tomorrow could be the day you go into remission!'
Osteoarthritis Arthralgia Chronic Pain Foot Pain Insomnia Joint Aches Joint Pain Pain Pain, Joint Joint Pain Methotrexate Arthritis Psoriasis Psoriatic Arthritis Swelling

Copyright © 2014 HeathMonitor. All Right Reserved.

 
comments
Send
Related Discussions
  • fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, chronic debilitating pain

    I recently ws diagnosed with fibromyalgia but having other testing done. .One doc says have an auto immune disease but checking to see what all is wrong. My ANA high but other doc says don't trust mayo clinic lab results a...

  • ITP, Sjogrens Syndrome and a mystery thing with my sinuses that makes me "interesting" to my docs

    I have ITP which was a sudden onset back in August, 2007. Platelets went down to 3. ICU for fear of a brain bleed, transfusion, additional units of blood, 6 units of platelets and 23 of IVIG. No problems or treatment neede...

  • Magic Pill For Fibromylaia

    Hi Ladies,
    i have been diagnoised with Fibromyalgia for 28 years. Not only Fibromyalgia but also arthritis in lower back, bursitis in left hip and carpral tunnel syndrome in both hands. My doctor have me on Lyrica whic...

  • Pain Meds

    The pain Meds are not going to do anything except get you addicted to them! They are evil and need to be avoided, the narcotic kind anyway. I also suffer weather related arthritis and fibromyalgia and am in a flare up as yo...

  • My name is Faith Marie. I receive email with the name aryann-adamarie I am curious where I was able to receive

    .But, I will talk all the same. My pain is very debilatating. It have some RA and MUCH OA...I take hot showers, almost hot also..and crawl under the covers with heating pad...

  • Disabled learner by necessity

    Disabled, back surgery, disc degeneration, disc herniation, osteoarthritis, obesity, spinal curvature, high blood pressure, thyroid, depression, chronic pain, home bound, health insurance issues, many medications, future Medi...

  • stroke on MAY 2012

    I am 62 year old handicap and disable vegetarian male from india ,migrated to usa since 1989
    I had high blood pressure,high cholesterol, overweight
    july 2007 I had byepass open heart surgery --4 artery block

  • wondering what others think of my meds I take

    1 gaba 500mg x 4 aday , extra strength tylenyol 2 per day, t-3's 4 x a day, nabilone .25mg 2 capsules daily ( should be three , but became to dizzy. Vimovo 1 tab 2x a day. Venlafaxine 37.5, 1 tab and venlafaxine 75mg . I h...

  • Fibromyalgia, nausea and rib pain

    I have been suffering from upper left rib pain and sometimes in my shoulder blade. I have fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and stenosis in neck. I have the all over pain in elbows that burn, hands hurt, burning in mid and lowe...

  • I have Fibromyalgia, Sciatic nerve,

    I have Fibromyalgia, Sciatic nerve, curvature of the spine,and Arthritis. I have pain and
    take Tramadol, sometimes it doesn't work. I have sleep apnea which is not good and insomnia also, and the pain doesn't help it. ...