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To have RA or not...that is the question.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I've lived in Florida for 2 weeks and have had 4 medical visits, 1 abdominal ultrasound and 1 mammogram. I went yesterday to my primary NP to get results and walked out more confused than ever.

First, no one can tell why my liver enzymes were elevated (and they still are). This is so frustrating when your body doesn't respond the way it should.

Secondly, my thyroid levels were a little off. They weren't out of the normal range, but not lined up with each other like they should be. So, Thursday will be an ultrasound of my thyroid. Does the thyroid have anything to do with liver enzymes??? Heck if I know.

Third, my mammogram was abnormal, so it must be redone along with a breast ultrasound. Tack that on to Thursdays thyroid US.

Fourth....the "DNA" results show that I do not have RA. Of course, there's a big disclaimer on the test saying that it does not rule out RA, and you should take other tests and symptoms into consideration. NP is wondering if the original RA diagnosis was wrong. Could it be something else...what else could have been causing joint pain and an elevated RA factor and inflammatory blood work readings.

Fifth...I've started having pain in my right hip after stopping the Methotrexate. Let's just add an x-ray into Thursdays activities....cause I don't have anything better to do, and I'll already be at the radiology office.

I walked into that office yesterday so ready to get some answers, and got more questions instead.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ELAINEANN 7/6/2009 4:15PM

    What an emotional roller coaster this must be for you! Keep us posted. My prayers will be with you. emoticon

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KNITSTRONG 6/30/2009 2:12PM

    So sorry you're going through all this swirl! I wonder why the NP suspects you don't have RA!

Good luck with all your tests this week! emoticon

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STANSLOVIE 6/30/2009 10:50AM

    It took my liver about a month to return to normal after stopping MTX all together. We tried reducing it several times before finally stopping it. Once I was off of it for I guess a month or more it returned to normal.

Hope yours will too.

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BKWERM 6/30/2009 10:38AM

    Don't you just hate that??? Why couldn't there be one easy answer and one easy solution for everyone???

I hope everything works out for you in the long run.

Take care.

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