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New Treatment Plan


The doctor visit yesterday went well. I truly love my family doctor. He is always willing to spend as much time as each patient needs, never rushing anyone out the door, and intently listening to each thing they have to say. Anyway, he and I discussed the pain, inflammation, and continued joint twisting. Previously, he was treating me with Meloxicam, OsteoBioflex, & localized Cortisone shots. I, of course, was also using other forms of relief such as Cheyenne pepper, Turmeric, hot showers, and heat belts. Now, it seems, it is time to treat me globally he said. My inflammation medication has been changed to Diclofenac Sodium & he gave me a sample of Lyrica. I’m going to attempt the anti inflammatory twice a day for a week or 2 and see if I have great improvement. If not, I’ll move on to the ever-so expensive Lyrica. I’ve taken 3 doses of the new anti inflammatory medication so far. With only 3 doses I can already see marked improvement. This morning, my hands were swollen but not near as much. I could even make a fist! I was able to get out of bed on my own! My knees bend with less pain & I am lifting my arms way above my shoulders!

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I decided to look online about this new-to-me anti inflammatory. Sources I found online indicate this medication is used to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, & fibromyalgia patients for pain. That made perfect sense, because pain results from the mass inflammation that occurs in these diseases. So, I’m hopeful 🙂 I just know there’s an adventure waiting on me out there & soon, I’ll get to live it again! 🙂 I’m not sure if anyone has ever kicked rheumatoid arthritis’ butt before, but I’m not giving up until I have!!!

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Doctor Day


Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve gradually become a grumpy gus. It seems that the aches & pains in my body have intensified of late. Nick continually had been encouraging me to go to the doctor to seek treatment, which I was avoiding. So, today is Dr day.
I very much dread going to the doctor. I don’t like medicine and I don’t like admitting that I can’t or won’t get better on my own 😦 Every visit since my family doctor changed practices has been odd. The last time I saw him, he didn’t seem happy. I guess being a doctor isn’t an easy profession anyway, but he use to have a spring in his step that seemed to be missing last time.
Anyway, today I’ll talk to him about the arthritis and it’s mean friends: pain, inflammation, and twisting joints. Here’s hoping he can put me on a treatment plan to slow this unkind disease and give me quality of life back. It’s hiking time in Tennessee & I want to hike, run, walk, and begin an exercise program badly!

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