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Unread 01-24-2003, 07:44 PM
My appoinment with rheumatologist

I appreciate all the support and encouragement from everyone. My DH went to the appointment with me and I'm glad he did. I was diagnosed with BOTH types of arthritis. She said A LOT of inflammation shows up in blood work that wasn't there 6 months ago! She said my right knee, lower back show deterioration. My neck is in bad shape. (Oh, and I still have several cute little kidney stones that showed on the x-rays.)
I also have fibromyalgia, to what degree she is not sure.
I have to take Prednisone (steriods) for a few weeks.
After that I let her know how much relief they gave me and then I have to undergo a lot more blood work.
She is a very caring, gentle and understanding person.
Even though she says I am in bad shape she says she is going to help me and that I won't have to keep suffering.
(good new is that she doesn't think I have lupus and I don't have cancer.)
Thank you all for caring. I will keep you posted as to what developes.
Thank you!!!!!

Stacey (SPR)
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Unread 01-25-2003, 06:54 AM
glad you got a diagnosis

but I am concerned about bone health when women are taking long-term steroids like prednisone. Something you will have to have watched carefully and do calcium to counteract. Can't remember if you are ovaries or no ovaries.

Please discuss this risk factor with your docs so they can make appropriate treatment possible for you.
Unread 01-25-2003, 10:28 PM
My appoinment with rheumatologist

Hi Stacey

I am also very happy to here you have a kind careing dr.....I also see a Rheumy who I love and helps me so much........I have sjogerns syndrom and RA also fibro so I understand pain...........

It takes time and test for her to really get to the root of things....So hang in there and take the meds....I go on prednisone as I need it.........And it helps me so much.........I also take joint support and it helps so much.....Talk to her about that as well.......

s Sis

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