Sunday, June 05, 2011
I have Palindromic Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am very lucky in that the ER doc I saw (after my own doctor kept ignoring my calls) sent me to a specialist and he diagnosed it. I currently take methotrexate, which is a chemo drug. It dampens down my body's autoimmune response enough to stop the flares. Last semester's workload and stresses necessitated an increase in my dosage; not a lot, just nine pills once a week instead of eight. It is working. The flares seem to have stopped. I still have some joint pain, but that will probably fall by the wayside once everything is adjusted. BUT, since the dosage has gone up, the fatigue caused by the meds is back. ARRGGH! It is summer, I have loads of things I want to get done. Running and exercise programs to begin, plantings in my garden. Instead, I seem to be operating in a slightly foggy state for about three days after the meds. Naps are an integral part of those three days (yes, plural). Ahh well, this too shall pass. It is better than the pain and the looming fear of the wheelchair. I guess I will just have to become more efficient.