Friday, February 18, 2011

I'll Spare You The Ugly Details....

(Deep breath)

OK. I'm back. Y'all are very very lucky that I had my hissy fit somewhere else other than Reasonably Well. It wasn't pretty, but for the most part, I think it's over.

Here's what happened: My fatigue levels have been creeping up over the past few weeks. I had attributed that and a strange feverish-like feeling to my exercise routine, but then several joints on my fingers began to swell and became hot and red. I just felt lousy in general, so hoofed it on over to my rheumatologist.

The gist of my situation is this: I have another autoimmune disease. It's psoriatic arthritis. I have discontinued my plaquenil and begun taking Azulfidine - or sulfasalazine - another DMARD - instead. I'm up to my eyeballs in Google Scholar search results and trying to learn as much and as fast as I can.

I'll post more about the specifics about this type of arthritis another time since right now my fingers are still really sore. And I'm still preoccupied with keeping Bratty Inner Child Julia on a leash right now....she's so, so close to being totally out of control as so often happens during a hissy fit of this proportion.

Back! Back, BICJ! Put down the cupcakes!!


Ah, geez. Too late...

2 comments:

sissyjane said...

I just had an appointment with my Rheumatologist, and she told me that even though I'm sero-negative (other than a slightly elevated ANA), she thinks I have Sjogren's as well as RA. However, right before I left she asked me if I have Psoriasis. I have one lesion at a time, and I'm not sure if it's Psoriasis or not. Of course, it's never when I have an appointment. I also live three hours away, so I can't just pop in...

Amy Junod said...

Wouldn't it be great if we woke up one day with super powers instead of weird symptoms? Heck- doesn't have to be super even, just throw us something cool to "cope" with.
I hope you're feeling a little better after self medicating with baked goodness.

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