I was diagnosed with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis over 10 years ago. I have been able to control it and live with it using Ibuprofen/Motrin and lots of sleep. I still have pain, but am allergic to opiates in pain meds, even the man-made opiates like Hydrocodone, etc. Totally stinks! I've been having awful stomach pains and feeling much worse lately, so I went to the doc today. Turns out, I have an ulcer from the Motrin. UGH! Now I've been put on two kinds of meds for my stomach and Celebrex for the RA. I've been on Celebrex before and it didn't help. So now I am not allowed to take any anti-inflammatory pills, like Motrin, etc. because of the ulcer. Being allergic to virtually any kind of pain meds means that I will get no relief from the pain. I am terrified of what I will feel like without the Motrin. I haven't taken any since this morning and my hands are turning into "claws", meaning my fingers won't stretch out all the way and if I do it by accident, it is severely painful. My joints and soft tissue is killing me and all I'm allowed to take is Tylenol, which doesn't do a thing. I just started working at our tax office for the season and I'm afraid I won't be able to continue, which means I'll be stuck in the house, alone all the time. DH will be at work, kids will be in school. Blech. Anyone up for a pity party? : Please light a candle, pray if that's your thing, whatever, that this will be bearable. I'm feeling pretty sorry for myself right now.