Month: November 2014

My Story

My world, slowly and then with increasing momentum, proceeded to collapse. It started with a pain in my left shoulder. The pain was sharp.  It hurt.  Swimmer’s shoulder, I thought.  Wrong!  The pain grew throughout my body.  My hands and my wrists, my feet and my toes, my ankles and even my elbows joined in the onslaught. Inflammation throughout my body spread like wildfire. I was in total pain. I went to urgent care. I was put on a prescription anti-inflammatory drug. The doc thought it might be polyarthritis rheumatica, an autoimmune disease.  I was instructed to see my primary as soon as possible for further testing. No luck. No appointments available for a month. Finally, one evening when I could no longer take the excruciating pain, my son drove me to the ER.  I will always appreciate the ER and the ER Doctor.  Labs, x-rays, IV and drugs were soon being done. My sed rate was over 100.  The rest of my labs also showed massive inflammation. I was given IV steroids and pain …