Month: June 2013

RA and doctors

I have an excellent rheumatologist for my RA.  My endocrinologist is also an excellent doctor. Both are women and under age 40. They know their stuff. I do my own research and my docs are right on. I am lucky with this. If you don’t feel the same about your doctor, look around. There are duds out there. There are duds in every field. Find the doctor that works for you. Don’t settle.

RA morning

Morning was an endurance contest for the first few months of my rheumatoid arthritis.   Pain and total lack of energy kept me down. I would wake up. I made coffee. Coffee pot was very hard to lift. I fed Emma. I fed Jimmy. I took my coffee to my comfortable settee in my bedroom. I sat, didn’t move.  I wrote in my journal. I do think I could have spent the entire morning in that one spot. In fact I did spend several hours on it each morning for months.  It took the time for the pain to diminish and the energy to perk up.  Today I still have pain in the morning.  It is a reminder of RA.  Today it is fine. It may not be fine tomorrow. RA changes quickly and is full of surprises. I am happy for today. I am off the settee and in my office writing. It is a good sign of improvement for my RA.

RA and my thyroid

The doctors could see nodules on my thyroid in my lung scan.  They wanted to know more. Next step was an ultrasound of my thyroid. There were lots of nodules on my thyroid on the ultrasound.  I didn’t worry about it for two reasons. I was in a lot of RA pain. Solving the pain problem was my first priority. The second reason was that all my thyroid tests in the past had come back negative. I had no thyroid symptoms.

RA and Funny Feet

Rheumatoid arthritis frequently begins in the feet. I didn’t know that. I have had weird feelings in my feet. Numb? Foot pain when in bed? I thought I was getting some sort of neuropathy. My primary had no answer. After being diagnoses with RA, I started doing my homework. RA usually starts with the small joints in the hands and in the feet. Frequently the joints in the feet are first to be affected. I had a hard time explaining to myself the feelings in my feet. I called them funny feet. Once I understood what is happening inside my joints, my funny feet made sense. The joints are lined with a very thin, delicate lining called the synovium. The synovium is an important source of nutrients for the cartilage and it also produces joint lubricants. RA causes the synovium to thicken, the joint cavity to become inflamed and the normal joint processes to be interrupted. All my little joints in my feet are inflamed and swollen. It causes the strange feelings of  fullness from …