Synovial Syntax

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Ah, well now, wasn’t expecting that. Bloods a teeny tiny bit elevated recently, Prof taking my niggling aches more seriously than me. He ‘doesn’t like’ that my elbows are beginning to give when weightbearing. No, me neither, but I’m still a bit deflated to have him finding issue…and increasing my sub-cut MTX to 17.5mg.

Other than that, watch and see. It could all just be a reaction to the pressure of the year so far – see previous post re: husband working abroad and me starting a new job. It might be all that is keeping me from remission status, and in slight progression status.

To be honest, I’d rather feel that life was engaging and developing and I was in slight progression, than that I coudn’t work and husband had to prematurely rein in work for me to acheive a period of formal remission. So, I may be trading stress to get interest out of life. It seems a fair trade at these not-wildly-stressed/not-wildly-inflammed levels!

He has said to take more note of aches and pains and joints slips and weaknesses though. Apparently there’s a number of us whose pain thresholds get so high, and pain medication use gets so efficiently targeted, that we don’t get enough messages from what our bodies are trying to tell us after a few years of RA. I hadn’t really thought of that, I can see some truth in it for me. Anyone else?

Back to the blog. Have had my husband working abroad since winter, and I’ve started a new job this spring. This has eaten most of my hobbies alive (sob, blog, sob, book club, sob gossiping on mumsnet and the other usual social network suspects).

I am prompted to get back here by Wednesday’s upcoming consultant appointment. All is well, or well enough. The big RA problem in my life now is my inability to exercise without hurting myself. I still can’t figure it out in the time and resources available to me. Anyway, update pic:

RA Obsessive detail May 2011

Noteworthy stuff:
Spike for onset of cold winter weather last autumn

Spike for MISERABLE bout of flu over Xmas, despite vaccination

MTX transferred to injectable, nausea and weakness begone! Lovely improvement in feeling of wellbeing.

Small spike in March from tonsillitis, occurred same time as start of new job

Levels of ache and pain not really down as well since, though that might be stress of adding routine work to my life.

Noteworthy stuff not on pic: first holiday since this all began at the end of this month. CHEERS!

Currently on tenterhooks to see how much damage I’ve just done to my right shoulder this time. Had to catch my five year old as he fell head over tail down the stairs. As I stood there holding him up, upside down, with his head about 6 inches from a tiled floor I thought ‘Thank goodness I got him’ closely followed by ‘Argh!’.

My right shoulder is again pretty sore, have had to hit up the pain relief and anti-inflammatories. Really hoping it settles OK. No exercise, boo hoo, so I sublimated that urge by exploring how to build a Wiki for me and a few RA mates to record our exercise experiences. Hope to link to that after my trip away next week.

It’s going OK!

I got some prescription goggles to boost my confidence before trying swimming again. I just can’t find a stroke that doesn’t gnaw at my ex-fissured tendon in my right shoulder though, so I will be keeping the goggles* for only very recreational swims for the time being, and for being able to tell if my kids are actually happy or not when in the pool with them.

On the other hand, as it were, I am really getting worked out with no twinges with the Wii EA Sports trainer thingy. I’ve never done this kind of thing before, resistance training, but after my consultant sang the praises of it in stabilising and strengthening joints I knew I had to have a go. It’s really easy to work round any things you shouldn’t attempt, and just so much fun. Cardio boxing anyone? I never knew I had that much left-right-left-right jab in me. Must be the Humira injections 😉 I also love the obstacle courses where you do a variety of sporty sweaty things without getting bored or wondering what’s for dinner.

Talking of which, nearly two stone off now, despite onset of summer holiday meals, picnics, bbqs, ice-creams. Theoretically, four still to go by BMI measures, but even as svelte young thing I looked weird if a mid-range BMI, twiggy, so I’ll be happy with another two off.

Oh my, I would love to shop from all the High Street shops again, not just a selected few.

*My fingers kind of refuse to type “goggles”. They want to type “Google” all the time. You know you are online too much when this kind of thing starts happening.

On Wednesday I also got the green light to get into some proper exercise. My joints have stabilised and shoulder tendon healed. I’ve been advised three things – swim for cardio health, resistance train to strengthen joint support from muscles and try and get on a power plate now and then to improve bone density. I think that was what he said about the power plate anyway.

Am going to go and look up this link with resistance training and RA especially.

Wanted to fit a first swim into a very busy time last week, was about to set off and realised I’d thrown my goggles out in a hissy fit back in the bad old days, probably accompanied by a histrionic ‘I’ll never swim again, *sob*’. Have decided to invest in the fit future and been to SpecSavers to treat myself to prescription goggles this time. Looking forward to this.

In lieu of the swim, or cash for trainer/gym at the moment, I hoiked myself back onto the Wii Fit today. Managed to fit 15 minutes of its aerobic stuff into a daftly complex morning. Was thrilled to find my hips and knees have stopped grating and wobbling out when doing the virtual hula hoop. Really feels like progress, that tiny 15 minutes.

Confidence booster. I just did this today:)

Flick

Feel those elbows cope!

I’m just out of consult, and it’s as good as it gets. It’s a sort of remission, or a serious damping down at any rate.

I have to live with the monthly peaks, plan around them and get exercising again preferably without injuring myself this time. Lesson learnt, just because it feels good at the time, I can’t really thrash things in the pool like I used to! Plus I must stop trying to play so hard with my ever growing young boys. The main impact of injuries in my case seems to be, apart from extra joint damage, that I then have to take steroids which melt my immune system, increasing infections rate and severity and meaning I have to delay the MTX and Humira. Which in turn cycles me into non-healing joints etc.

I live and learn.

Bloods are all behaving nicely. It was also reassuring to hear about new research which shows anti-TNFs reduce cholesterol which been raised a bit by MTX.

I had a good whinge about my GPs daft notion that I go in 24 times a year to present blood results, despite only have my bloods done 6 times a year (which needs 12 visits only). Hopefully I’ve imploded that situation anyway by arranging with pharmacy to run my repeat MTX situation. They seem infinitely more efficient and less panicky than the GP reception staff.

That’s it really. I know this situation is as good as it gets, as my next appointments are in the agreeably hazy future, and not next month.

Huuray:)


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