So, a lot has been happening with me lately. For instance:
- I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Had an allergic reaction to the RA medication first Rheumy doc put me on
- Did the huge "big peel" AGAIN
- Decided that I needed a 2nd opinion regarding the RA diagnosis
- Had oral thrush 4 times
- countless steroid shots and pills
- A bunch of labs and X-rays
- Gained a BUNCH of weight - that needs to come off NOW!
- My hair started to fall out
So, with that being said. I made the appointment for the 2nd opinion with a new Rheumy doctor at Froedert Hospital. I'm so glad I did. She said that I didn't have RA but I was hyper-sensitive because of what my skin was doing. Recommended seeing the "super-duper" Dermatologist there and once I'm off the steroids, if I have swelling, pain in the joints, etc. I'm to make an appointment with the new Rheumy and she will re-examine me at that time. But she truly thinks that all the swelling and pain I've been in is due to my skin. Lovely....
Did I mention that Prednisone is a EVIL drug? While it's a good drug, it's EVIL!! I totally gained a ton of weight with this stupid drug and now I have to get the weight off. I feel out of sorts with my weight the way it is. Now that I'm totally off the steroids, I feel better, I'm not eating every 2-3 hours, and not waking up every 2 hours all night long. What a relief!! I was getting so frickin' sick of this.
We ( my family) have been through way too much since November 2010 and I'm so glad to see it slowly come to an end. Things are starting to get back to normal (whatever that is) and I'm able to function again like a REAL human being. What a concept!!
I've also noticed that while I'm getting better, Spring has sprung. My tulips are coming up and blooming, the grass is getting green, kids are playing outside, and the sun is out longer at night.
See there is a bright side to things. I wouldn't have believed you several months ago, but I do now!