Month: June 2014

RA 26 plus 2 bones in each foot

There are 26 bones in each of your feet plus two sesamoid bones located under each big toe.  Your feet have 25% of all the bones in your body. Wow!  All these little bones plus the chunkier odd-shaped bones are joined together with synovial joints. It is the lining of these synovial joints that is inflamed in rheumatoid arthritis. That is bad news as there are so many of them.  All these little joints become inflamed and swell. My feet were the first to complain when rheumatoid arthritis announced itself in my body. My rheumatologist said it is common for RA to start in the feet as well as in the hands.    

Mojo and down days

My mojo is rising today. Feels quite good. As a professional photographer my skill set has been set aside for the last nine months. I still have not set up my tablet.  I have been making images around me and now I’m starting to use a few of my Photoshop skills. Feels really good. Soon I will have my Wacom tablet set up and I will dive deeper. Yesterday was tough for me. The frustrating thing about RA is the randomness of its systemic affects. I felt flattened and any effort was difficult. Awhile back I learned  a few RA tips from  WebMD(www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis). An important tip was to break activities into blocks. Alternating physical activity with restful activities is always helpful on a down day. Sometimes more is done and there is less frustration. There will be pleasures in reading a good book or in catching up with favorite programs and still doing those necessary little chores. It is a helpful process for all of us.

RA update

Methotrexate, Plaquenil and Sulfasalazine are my RA arsenal and are sometimes called triple treatment. I call it Triple Play. These drugs are supported with prednisone and Meloxicam. I have the leeway of increasing the prednisone to 15 mg for a flare. For the time being my RA Doc prefers to keep me at 7.5 mg on a daily basis. My hands and wrists are good. My left shoulder has been a problem, but not a big one. My feet and ankles still rebel. My middle toes on each foot are swollen. I have a minimum (all joints) pain level of three but lately the level has been closer to five. Still, I am functional. I do remember clearly the days of severe pain(I would have to say off the charts. Pain that felt as if all my joints were filled with broken glass). That pain level is my benchmark for how I am doing. My meds are working. I am much happier. I do understand that my RA is progressive. I understand that meds frequently …