Hello All! I thought I would properly introduce myself since I have been lurking for a while, and made a few posts a while back. I am "pookiekidsmom", the wife of a Crohnie (have made some posts here at HW under the name "newcrohnswife") and recently dx'd with RA. Been married to my chrohnie for 21 years (he's been dx'd with CD since November 2007). Have 2 wonderful children, 12 and 6 who are homeschooled. I work FT and hubby is a stay-at-home-Dad!
I saw a rheummy on 5/27 after having several months of symptoms; I work for a rheummy who doesn't actually see patients anymore, he is the head of my institution's Human Subjects Protection Program (yes, human subjects as in clinical trials). Anyway, discussed symptoms with him and he recommended someone. During the 6-weeks wait to see her, symptoms got more involved. She dx'd RA-General just from talking to me (no prior bloodwork, no bloodwork ordered by her till after 3 wks on meds). She put me on MTX 4 pills a day and Naproxyn (sp?). Had bloodwork done after 3rd dose of MTX. Now my question:
All of the bloodwork came back relatively normal.
C-reactive Protein = .70 mg/dL (normal is 0.0-0.8) -----> NORMAL
RA Factor = <20 Iu/mL (normal is 0-30) ------>why not an exact number, but again, I'm normal
CO2 = 22 mmol/L (normal is 24-32) -----> LOW
ALT (SGPT) = 45 IU/L (normal is 1-30) -------> HIGH, boss says this is liver stuff
Glucose Plasma = 109 mg/dL (normal is 50-100) -----> HIGH
Sed Rate = 27 mm/hr (normal is 0-20) -----> HIGH
Lymphocytes = 19.9 (normal is 20-44) ------> LOW
OK, so, can anybody give me some insight? Boss says nothing alarming; altho, I do get the feeling from him that he's not quite sure it's RA...I know that a good doc will not just go by the numbers, but by how you feel, and by clinical presentation, but of course, since everything is "normal", well I am beginning to have doubts.
So far, I do not feel any better on MTX/NSAID; took my 4th dose of MTX last night.
Wow, this is really long, sorry. But I am glad to join this wonderfully supportive group, and hope someone has some words of wisdom.
--pookiekidsmom (pook for short!)
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind doen't matter and those who matter don't mind.-----Dr. Seuss