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Bad Fall

Jul 12, 2012 - 0 comments

Fell down the stairs on Tuesday night, I'm lucky I didn't break my neck.

If I thought I was in pain from the RA, the pain now sure things into perspective. OMG I'll be glad when I feel better.

Staying downstairs on the hide-a-bed. Can't take a deep breath, can barely move.

Final Diagnosis

Jul 09, 2012 - 0 comments

My C-Peptide test came back positive today. Xrays show damage in my neck, hands and feet. So I have a +RF and +C-Peptide. Does that mean it's agressive? A nurse gave me a positive diagnosis for Rheumatoid Arthritis per the doctor. I find it strange that he doesn't want to see me until 9/5/12 but they requested that I make an appointment for 6 weeks from now for blood work at my GP since the Rheumy will be out of town. I have questions and no answers regarding my individual condition. How much damage? How advanced? Will I be deformed or disabled? What he hell is MY prognosis?

Picking up my prescriptions for Methotrexate and Folic Acid tomorrow afternoon. Will start taking it on Friday night.

Going to my GP for stronger pain meds tomorrow afternoon.

Not looking forward to this at all.

Took a look at my neck and back tonight after noticing swelling and redness in my right shoulder. The area from my hairline down my neck and between the shoulder blades is red. Swelling is visible on either side of my spine between the shoulder blades. Damn it hurts!

Upper back & neck pain

Jul 08, 2012 - 0 comments

Push mowed part of the yard today for excercise. All was well until later while helping my mother shower and dress. Started with a nagging ache and quickly turned into major pain between the shoulder blades and upper back. Again, Hydrocodone barely takes the edge off. Damn, I wish the back pain would just stop!

Pain in right shoulder joint and both wrists. Not constant, just nagging sharp pains.  

Since I'm keeping track now, something that's been happening for a long time when I bend my knees too far and bend the ankles I have severe pain in them. My ankles have been stiff for a very long time. Just didn't realize it might be significant until the last few weeks.

All of the aches and pains I've been experiencing in my joints I've been attributing to getting older, I thought it was normal for a person in their early 50's. It was only when my neck and back began impacting my ability to participate in daily activities that I thought something was 'not right'. Of course, when I wasn't having a major flare in one of my joints, they were out of sight, out of mind.

My flares completetely disable the entire limb affected. If it's a wrist or elbow, I can't use or move the arm without excruciating pain. Same with the ankles, can't walk. I can't say the hip was the worst pain, but I did wind up having to get a nurse on Moms floor wheel me down to the ER in Knoxville. The ER doctor told me I had siatica, I knew I didn't it was my hip joint. The last time a hip was involved (6/11/12) I had to miss work and make my way to the doctor. Huh, maybe the hip is the worst, it completely disables me.

My left ring finger has improved dramatically since I started Prednisone. Squeezing the joint doesn't feel bruised like it did. This is the only finger that has changed appearance and has done so over the last couple of years. It's not crooked, just thicker. I actually thought I had gout, like Mom. I recently realized I can no longer take my rings off.

Calling the Rheumatologist tomorrow for the xray and blood test results and whether or not I'll have to take Methotrexate. Scary times...

Toes & Upper Back Pain

Jul 05, 2012 - 0 comments

toes sharp random pain


Back pain




Neck pain




upper back pain


Lower Back Pain


shooting pain toes


deep muscle pain


Numbness and tingling

Went to Dr. Sidar the rheumatologist on the 3rd and he gave me a 95% positive diagnosis of RA. He ordered blood work and a couple dozen xrays.

Having sharp pains in random toes today. Normally my foot pain is in the ball joint just behind the toes. Both take my breath away, thank God they don't last long, I can't imagine pain that sharp on a constant basis. Toes on left foot are still numb and the numbness is spreading to the area just behind my toes. Right foot which has been numb since my back surgery feels different too (more numb), it sometimes feels like my arch is touching the floor or I'm standing on something that is putting pressure on my arch. I notice that I'm not stepping as high on the right side and tend to trip alot on uneven surfaces. This worries me as I risk falling and breaking more bones, especially if my left foot continues to become more involved.

Had a pretty good day with my upper back and neck but during dinner prep and dishes my neck and upper back hurt so bad that I had to come to bed and take a Hydrocodone. Horrible headache coming from the lower back of my head and my eyes since my neck and back started acting up. Relaxing helps but not completely. Pain pills barely take the edge off.

I expected the Prednisone to work a miracle for me this week with immediate relief, I'm taking 3 - 5mg a day since Tuesday the 3rd. My wrists do feel less painful but my ankles are stiff and I am still experiencing pain in all of my joints and some muscles. Tips of middle fingers on right hand are still tingling, this started becoming noticible last week.  Fingers and ankles are stiff - all day long. I'm worried about gaining weight and plan increasing my physical activities.