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Monday, January 21, 2008

The echocardiogram came back negative. I don't have pericarditis. The nurse said that I was probably just having a severe flare that happened to be affecting the joints in my chest and back. Thanks for everyone's support and concern!

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ROCKERCHICK07 1/22/2008 10:54AM

    Whew ::wipes sweat off brow:: Thank God! I'm sooo happy to hear that. Now you can rest easier at least with that knowledge. I was so concerned for you. Those flares can be a bit*h... Feel better Joanna, and as much as you want to work out, just go easy hon. Be good to yourself.

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MOLLIEMAC 1/22/2008 8:44AM


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Thursday, January 17, 2008

I called my rheumatologist yesterday about this pain I'm having and he booked me for a echocardiogram this morning at 8 a.m. because he thought it sounded like pericarditis (inflammation of the fibrous sac surrounding the heart).

So, I went to the hospital this morning for this test and holy cr*p, I am in so much pain and have been since this morning. Essentially, they have this metal probe that they coat with gel and they press on various areas around the heart to get a picture of what's going on (like an ultrasound of the heart area) and it felt like she was pressing on all the areas on me that have been especially sore for the last 2 weeks and since then I've been in agony and nothing helps. Heat doesn't help. Cold doesn't help. Tylenols with codeine don't help. Extra strength ibuprofen doesn't help. I'm so sore and my right arm has been numb/tingly most of the day.

I got to work around 9:30 but I ended up going home at noon because I couldn't concentrate because I was so sore. My rheumatologist also told me to stop taking the Humira until we determine what's wrong. Why do drugs that are supposed to help always seem to make me feel worse?

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ROCKERCHICK07 1/19/2008 12:24PM

    This is scary Joanna..... I got so sick on the Enbrel and for some it's a miracle drug...I am a bit afraid of the Humira now...I havea script to get it once I get out of rehab...and now I'm not so sure I wanna take it. Damn girl....I hope you feel better. You worry me... Please keep us updated. Take care.


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WALKINGWOMAN07 1/18/2008 12:24PM

    Here's hoping that they get the results soon and that some there is some plan of action. In the meantime, here's hoping that there is some relief from this pain for you really soon.

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MOLLIEMAC 1/18/2008 10:30AM

    Ouch...I hope you find some help soon- don't be afraid to demand some action if things start to drag. You need your life back...MJ

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Update on My Health

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

For the last week and a half, I have been having pain in my sternum and shoulder blades and it sometimes feels like my rib cage is squeezing the air out of me so that it's hard to catch my breath. Because of this, I had an appointment with my GP on Monday and he sent me for a chest x-ray. Also, because of this, my rheumatologist has made an appointment for me to go to a local hospital tomorrow morning for a ECG. He wants an ECG done to rule out the possibility of pericarditis (essentially inflammation of the fibrous sac surrounding the heart). Another possibility for this trouble I'm having is the Humira that I take bi-weekly so he has suggested that I stop taking it until we figure this out.

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ROCKERCHICK07 1/19/2008 12:22PM

    I wish you the best....it's scary to have that feeling I'm sure Joanna. How are you feeling now?
Sending you healing energy!


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BECKH888 1/17/2008 12:06PM

    Keep us posted. I hope everything goes well and it is nothing serious. God bless, Beckie

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MOLLIEMAC 1/17/2008 8:33AM

    Glad to see that you and your doctors are being proactive- good luck!...MJ

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Official Weigh-In Day

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I belong to a challenge where the weigh-in day is Monday so I can't change my weight tracker (below). So, I thought I would just post my weight here in my blog just like I do every Wednesday.

I'm down 2.6 pounds. Woohoo! So, officially I'm at 214.4 this morning. Bring it on, baby. Oh yeah... :)

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MOLLIEMAC 1/16/2008 2:34PM

    Well done! You've started the ball rolling, now keep that momentum growing...MJ

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My Post in Basic Monthly Challenges

Friday, January 11, 2008

I just posted this in the team named above but I wanted to post it here, too.

I just want all of you to know that I'm having a really bad week and I'm not normally like this. Normally, I'm a fairly happy person who eats reasonably well. But, this week...

I have rheumatoid arthritis and I've been very sore all week (it's been very damp here). And, my husband is working afternoons this week, which means I don't see him except for when I get up in the morning before work and then it's basically a hug and kiss and then on to my day while he sleeps before he has to go to work. And, at my work, they're negotiating a contract for us but the deadline for the negotiations to be finished is next week and I'm worried that I might have to go on strike, not that I want to or anything but because the membership voted in favour of strike and because I'm a member, that means I would have to go on strike, too. And, because it's a sister weekend this weekend with my sisters but I'm not going because I just didn't feel up to it and because after my husband worked afternoons all week, he told me yesterday that he was working tomorrow too and frankly, I was just depressed and stressed and sore and eating bad stuff makes me feel a little better.

But, tonight on the way home, I had to stop to pick up a prescription and I thought to myself, I should get myself a treat like a bag of chips or a chocolate bar so I perused the aisles of the drugstore looking for something that would be tasty but then I decided that instead I would pick up a pre-cooked skinless, BBQ chicken and take that home and I'd fry up some onions (which I don't usually eat because they give me gas but what the heck, hubby's at work so who cares) in cooking spray and little olive oil and I'd bake some frozen french fries and even if it's not the healthiest food in the world, it's better for me than the chips and/or chocolate I was thinking about getting so that's what I did. And, I cranked up the tunes and read my book and felt not quite so depressed. And, then my husband called from work and told me that his overtime for tomorrow had been cancelled and even though, I know that he was disappointed, I told him that I was glad because I missed him and that meant that we could hang together tomorrow and he agreed and said that was good, too and wanted to know what I wanted to do so we're probably going to see a movie and go to our local bookstore to spend some of the gift certificates that we got for Christmas. And, even though I'm still pretty sore, everything else seems a whole lot better.

And, next week will be better because he's on days.

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MOLLIEMAC 1/13/2008 9:17AM

    I hope next week is better for you. RA is definitely affected by stress - sounds like you need to deal with that in order to get your physical health improved. I was employed in a high stress job for many years- when I finally left there was slow but immense improvement in my health. I wish you the best...MJ

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