Friday, June 25, 2010

Recovery is slow

Well, I hate being back on daily doses of prednisone, but dam it, it does work. I have had a little over a week of taking all my meds daily now, and it has helped. Except I decided to only take prednisone once and not twice daily as per MD suggestion, thought I could function, but spent the last 24 hours hanging around, not able to walk without moderate to severe pain, took that second tab a few minutes ago, may need top keep that up for a bit.

Friday, June 18, 2010

What started this cycle?

Last night I couldn't sleep, was up and down after getting into bed. The pain in my Right arm was terrible, couldn't bend it, and I just can't usually sleep flat on my back. I took a hot shower, took a Percocet, and later took an extra 5mg Prednisone. Waking up, feel better, but the Right arm is still stiff and sore, maybe half the night time pain.
Why did this whole flare up cycle start? I still can't get my recent healthier diet changes out of my mind. I am doing goo, lost almost 10 pounds, and have not had a desert in a few weeks.
I mowed the lawn yesterday, it is self propelled, don't think this added to the problem. I am going to watch the USA world cup game this morning, otherwise, I am guessing this will be an easy day.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Flare ups

I have been doing fairly well over the past few years, occasional problems, but manageable. Two weeks ago I started a flare up episode, either pain in a joint or an inflamation in my wrist and fingers. I have read that stress and diet changes can effect RA, but about 2 weeks ago I started eating healthier after getting my cholesterol results back. It was a weekend, so no calls to an MD, I just started myself back on Prednisone again and called my Rheumatologist on Monday. I also take Arava (Lefutomide) and Methotrexate.
Last year I reduced my work load, just work a few days a week as a visiting nurse. I am able to do that, and it has helped with stress.