November 29, 2010

Maddie is having an arthritis flair in her left ankle. She goes months between flairs and they have always been in her knees. This one hit hard and fast.  She started complaining of pain a couple days ago and now she is unable to walk. The Naproxen doesn't seem to be helping. I called her primary care doctor and her Rheumatologist and requested a wheelchair or crutches. I can't carry her with my arthritic back. Both doctors said no, she would have to be seen first. This couldn't have come at a worse time. Maddie is performing in the Nutcracker this weekend, that is if she can even walk.

November 23, 2010

I decided to wait before I start the Prednisone, knowing I'll need it to get through December.  I am only allowed to be on it for 3 weeks so I am timing it to get me through all the holiday festivities.  

November 22, 2010

This second Rheumatologist was so much better than the first.  First she chewed me out for switching doctors within the office and not seeing my Rheumatologist.  I told her I didn't like the first doctor I saw, she wasn't thorough, and I got the feeling she thought I was making the whole thing up.  Then this second Rheumatologist examined me and was very thorough, carefully feeling each joint in my body. She really didn't have a choice, she had to be thorough after how I had just badmouthed her colleague. My joints don't look swollen, but she discovered inflammation in several joints, not as many as were hurting, but at least she knew I wasn’t making up the pain.  She ordered more x-rays and blood work and prescribed Plaquenil and Prednisone, keeping me on the Meloxicam as well.  I made an appointment to see her two months later.

November 21, 2010

My appointment with the second Rheumatologist is tomorrow. She's in the same office as the first Rheumatologist but I didn't have any choice in that matter. My insurance is Kaiser Permanente and this is their only Rheumatology location in the entire county. The pain and stiffness has spread to my elbows now which more than anything is just annoying.  It's definitely worse in the morning and after 8pm when I'm tired.  I used to get about 7-8 hours of sleep at night, but lately I've needed 9-10 hours. Of course, as my luck would have it, the bumpy patch on my elbow is all gone so I can't show it to the doctor. If it was psoriasis it would make a diagnosis so much easier to come by.

November 05, 2010

Today I was trying to demonstrate a musical phrase for a student from a little Bach Minuet. I couldn't play it.  My fingers wouldn't move where I wanted them to move. They were stiff and painful and unable to play a song I've been playing since I was 7. That was my last student of the day, thank goodness. Because after he left I cried.