Today I went to see the Family Dr and the Rheumatologist. The family Dr took 3 tubes of blood to check my blood count, a metabolic profile, TSH, and A1C. My BP was 140/98, so he was concerned and talked about upping my meds. After some errands and a meal, I went to the rheumy who was concerned that my BP was too low. It was 103/70. You see, my meds had finally kicked it! Anyway, he took my hair loss as a sign I might be out of remission. Hmmm. He also x rayed my hand I had been concerned about. My wrist has been frozen (probably arthritis) as well as my thumb joint. I am also having problems with my other wrist and thumb. I was limping from the arthritis in my foot, but another Dr x rayed my feet and said arthritis. He checked my knees, and the noise when I move was startling to him, even though he has heard it before. I told him that they had been x rayed and showed arthritis as well. Then he asked about my back, yeah, x rays showed arthritis too. And my shoulders, no recent x rays but they feel like arthritis too. But they are not frozen anymore since I had the cortosone shots and therapy. He also took 3 tubes of blood for ANA and the autoimmune profile as well as the inflammatory markers. I guess we will see if there is anything they think is worth treating. Meanwhile, arthritis hurts!
Hello again!I posted a while ago and wanted to update everyone on my throat, it is the most bothersome sysmptom for me. I went to an ear nose and throat specialist in July, she put a tube down my throat and said all good up to the vocal cords go see a gastroenterologist. I went to see her today, she will do the same but down to my stomach. She says it sounds more like Sjogrens than like...
Scoring a 71 with normal being less than 20 units.71 is a moderate to strong positive, 80 is strong.Tricky test to read, will explain later.