Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. High glucose can be caused by a lot of things including meds. I'm not sure if you take any prednisone but this always elevates my blood sugars for a few days.
This disease has so many faces. I hope you feel better real soon. I can relate for sure, I have high BP, Cholesterol, Diabetes and the RA along with is just crazy and Joan is right a good Doctor can get you through this.
Let me know how things go, I'll be thinking about you.
Joan, Ducky, Babyplace and anyone else I missed. It's feels good to be catching up on everything and I hope you are all doing well.
Hi, I'm back.
My computer has been acting up, and for some reason the internet wasn't logging on at all for the last few weeks. I've been unable to check on anything!!!
The kid's webkinz pets (online) got unhappy with them because they didn't get attention. Their digital gardens died.
Now that I have internet again I will be able to check on things. I have a lot of reading to catch up on- so nice to be back.
Hi All - in addition to all the health issues, I've had a deadline at work...thus why I haven't had time to be online. (like I need MORE stress?)
Raven and Mom, not that I'm happy to hear all your ailments, but it's comforting to hear an empathetic voice. This has been so scary for me....
Here's the scoop so far - the cardiologist switched me to a beta blocker to help the chest pain. He said it sounds like my 'episodes' are panic attacks. I am going in for a sonogram on my abdomen to check out my live (I'm sure it's gonna be horrid 'fatty' liver), stomach, etc (yes, I hear you Mom, those pains are killer! I still have them too). Between now and October 3rd, I have the sonogram, a treadmill test, echocardio test, and a heart monitor with a follow up around the end of October. He said no exercise other than a light walk until the treadmill test.
The rhuemy appt showed the glucose (for a non-fasting test) at 84. Doc said that is really good for non-fasting. Live enzymes are up more than they were last time. He is sending me back to do a fasting test to check liver and suger - If liver is up even more, he's going to stop the Arava. I'm going to call him and ask him to add Lipids to my test. My cholestrol in May was something like 246 (I am assuming that is total) - goodness knows what it was in August! If glucose is not the cause of this, maybe cholestrol is??? I'm still following the strict diet I put on myself...have not lost more than the initial 9-11 pounds so far. I'm still adjusting to the beta blockers and keeping my fingers crossed that I make it through this w/o permanent damage. <sigh>
Sorry to write a book. I just wanted to update you in case anyone had some good feedback.**
Sunday night already .......where does the weekend go????? Normal busy weekend for me, think I hit the gound running Friday night as soon as the kids leave, and don't stop until this time Sunday night. Went to the baseball game with a friend today (Yeah! Rays are in the playoffs! First ever winning season here), came home to see the end of the NASCAR race. Now watching football...gosh, can you tell I only had boys??
Mom, you doing ok? Please let us know how you're doing, been worried about you. Unless I missed a post, don't think you've been on since you were having all the trouble with rashes, sun, etc.
CaMama, just wrote you, looks like you answered some of my same questions here..should have looked first lol. You sure do have a lot coming up, but at least they are checking this all out really well. I just had a bunch of bloodwork, too. My sugar was 86, and the doc was real happy with that. Please take it easy if you can...hard not to be worried, though, I know..but sounds like you have good docs helping you.
Ducky..how are things with you? Are you feeling any better? I sure hope the docs were able to give you some answers about your back.
Doing ok here, otherwise. Two of our boys are off traveling..I'm so jealous! One in New Mexico visiting friends, the other visiting a girl in Berlin, Germany, no less! He met her on-line over a year and a half ago, and they've been getting closer. They've been visiting back and forth, he even plans to bring her to our house for Thanskgiving. What can I say?? It's truly a global world I guess.
Well, almost halftime...better go put some order to this house so that the little ones can tear it up tomorrow lol..
Sweet dreams and hugs to all!
Hee hee...I just wrote you back.
My racing heart is keeping me up....why oh why on a work night? I was feeling pretty good all day and now this! This stinks.
How is everyone faring from the storms? Are they still hitting? Is everyone safe and dry? I hope so!!!***
Ducky...I'm sorry you are still sick...do you have an urgent care you can visit in the meantime??? I hope you find out what is going on very soon.
Jody..I haven't posted since my UTI fiasco..I went back to the urgent care, and they told me, they could not treat my kidney pain and sent me to the ER, but nothing could really be found. I then waited a few days as they suggested, found a doctor since we changed health plans, and he said it isn't an infection at this point and that I need to visit a urologist. So now I have an appointment on the 30th of October to see one of those Basically it mimics the symptoms of a bladder infection, without the infection..nuts!
Camama...How are you??? I'm glad some of your tests have returned normal..Anxiety can do funny things to our bodies. My middle son, several years ago, experienced some trauma and due to that he ended up having seizures because of his anxiety level was so great. When I read about your heart palpitations, I wondered if it could be due to anxiety...I'm so sorry you are going through all of this..Jody is right, we need to be closer so that we can make soup and cookies for everyone. I hope that you are doing better today.
At least it is Hump Day...
I email Erin about a month ago and haven't heard back - has anyone heard from her?
Looks like most of us have been feeling crappy these days! I haven't been too bad but the last few days have been damp so pain has been worse.
My Rheumy says my elbows are shot (done)!!! What in God's name do they do when your elbows are shot. Do they have like elbow replacement surgery.
I'll keep you posted
Thats the one thing about medrol, it does make you feel out of whack..I always get a flushed face, and feel as if I'm on fire, but it does work. I once took two of them back to back, bad idea so I can see why your rheumy is leary of the pred etc. Sorry you are still dealing with your sinus infection. Mine got to the point that it ruptured my ear drum but I didn't realize I had an infection until it started draining out of my ear, it was really gross, to say the least. Maybe your rheumy will have some ideas on what to do? It is very frustrating when you have something you just can't get rid of, trust me, I know!!
Arava and methotrexate are in the same family of meds....when I couldnt' take methotrexate, the next step was Arava...but, I held off for years before I finally agreed to try it. It did help and I did not have the same side effects I had on methotrexate. When I put the dosage to the lowest possible (1 10mg pill a day), it also lessened the side-effects, but still gave the plaquenil the boost it needed.
I apparently have a very low tolerance for stress when on these inhibitors, especially when working. It makes my body shut down. This happened on methotrexate, remicade, and now Arava. They've all made me seriously ill after about 18 months of taking them. My husband wants me off EVERYTHING....I'm sure someday I'll have to stop taking Plaquenil (hopefully not because I'm going blind, G-d forbid!)....but he doesn't get what the RA does to you...he thinks I got fat and lazy because I'm fat and lazy....he forgets the fatigue and disabling pain I had for years, the inability to do ANYTHING.....this was back when I was a size 3....but I digress...
I just cannot believe doctors these days.......too many medication mistakes.....they're going to kill us all. . . . well, if I've learned ANYTHING through these issues, it's ASK ASK ASK and QUESTION QUESTION QUESTION and DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH...if you feel something is wrong, continue to research until you are FULLY SATISFIED with the answers your are getting. It's hard to do when your so sick you can't keep your head up, but man oh man....pay attention.