When I think about how I’ve felt in the past six months (really, six months…hard to believe) and how many doctors I’ve seen during that time, I get to feeling a little discouraged. I start asking myself if we’ll ever figure this out. Well, I got a few answers this week.
I saw my doctor Monday because I was in so much pain…joint pain…just about every joint in my body. She had me move around, doing some range of motion movements. Then she said she wanted me to have some lab work done, checking for autoimmune ailments. I went down to the lab where the tech proceeded to take about a gallon of blood (okay, I may be exaggerating a bit), vial after vial. She said they’d be able to do some of the testing themselves but would have to send some of it off.
Then they called me later in the week to let me know that just about everything came back normal with the exception of the markers for rheumatoid arthritis. So, okay…I don’t really know a lot about rheumatoid arthritis, but it doesn’t sound like it’s as bad as some of the other things. Of course, that’s me talking when I know very little about it.
My doctor is setting up an appointment with a rheumatologist (?) for me, so I’ll know a lot more then…at least I hope I will. I’ve put off doing any online research about it, not wanting to worry myself…the old ostrich with its head in the sand thing. I suppose I ought to do a little research about it soon, you know, so I at least know what questions to ask.
I’m not sure if this is THE answer, but at least it’s part of the answer.
- Rheumatoid Arhtritis (cspatel.wordpress.com)
- Treatment Options for Rheumatoid Arthritis – Part One (arthritis.answers.com)