Happy new year! This year so far has been a bit of a busy one for me, hence my first post of the month being on the 18th of January!
Before I start, I would just like to acknowledge the late Alice Pyne. It was so sad to hear that she had passed last weekend. She was an inspiration to so many people and she showed that just because you have been diagnosed with an illness that you will have for the rest of your life, doesn't mean that you have to dwell on it. She also showed the power of using your illness to help others, which is what I am trying to do. RIP Alice.
So since my last post, I have reduced my steroids down to 2.5mg (I'm nearly off them!). Although, I have started to get pain back in all of the places I did before, so I am wondering if I will need to go back up to 5mg :( I am at the Rheumatoid Arthritis Doctor (Dr Wood) next week so hopefully she will advise me with what to do next. I've had to start wearing my wrist support occasionally again, I am struggling to get my arm above my head because of the pain in my collar bone, my feet are quite sore when I walk and most annoyingly, my fingers on my right hand are swollen and painful again. It feels like I am taking a step back, but I hope that Dr Wood will be able help me.
My appointment next week is for my 3 month check up from my first appointment... In August!! I was diagnosed at my appointment in August, then Dr Wood gave me a steroid injection that was to last three months and then she would see me again once I had started on my medication. Well, I finally received an appointment in the post in December for January 11th at 12pm, in Kendal! I had to ring up and rearrange for an appointment in Ulverston, otherwise I would have had to take pretty much the whole day off. The problems I have had with getting appointments has been ridiculous!
On a more positive note, I went to my monthly clinic with the Rheumatologist nurse this week. My blood test results showed that during the week that I was ill in December, my inflammation count shot straight back up to when I was first diagnosed with RA, so it was four times higher than the week before. Luckily my next blood test showed that it started to go back down again after that, so it was just down to me being ill. But other than that, my blood results showed promising signs, which means that I have now been passed to my GP and no longer need to go to the monthly clinic. It also means that I only have to get my blood tested once a month now rather than every two weeks which is also great news!
I am still on 6 pills of Methotrexate once a week, which I am pleased to say still aren't causing me too much trouble. I do tend to feel a bit dizzy and sometimes a bit sick on a Wednesday, but nothing too horrendous!