Welcome. Sorry to hear about the pain. Got that going on in my foot right now as well.
Lots of Motrin, splinting, and stretching seems to help me over time for these types of pain. Hot baths with massaging as well. Also, cutting back on the use of that appendage (keeps me doing nothing, but what else can you do?)
so great to have you back & congratulations on your new life! way to go!
i bet a lot has changed and will continue to change since your smart move!
maybe a fresh look from a brand new doc will be even better. i wish you the best with it.
let us know how you make out.
take good care
Hi Erin, and thanks :) I haven't started the sulfasalazine (?) yet. I need to have some more labs done as they showed "borderline heaptitis" a while back which is totally weird as I haven't ever been at risk, or been in situations that would put me at risk for it, for that at all. The rheumatologist wants to have clear liver readings before I start those meds and he chose sulfasalazine - in his words = "As the safest medication for YOU".
I've wondered if the funky liver readings may be due to the plaquenil and then the gold injections, or even the anti-inflammatories taken over time. (I haven't been on plaquenil or gold for a few years)
Anyone else in here get funky liver readings because of meds?
Yeah, I have liver issues now. I'm stuck in a horrible viscious circle because of it too.
I wrote a long whine about horrible it is (it's acting up and I'm depressed), but I decided this thread was about TKR, not my liver complaints. Either way, I feel better for venting, though the vent is in lala land now.
Isn't there an old expression, something along the lines of, "Sorry, I must have been feeling liverish (cranky)."?
Regards my "broderline hep" readings, they still aren't sorted out, but my current doc tried to explain that there wasn't anything wrong with me or my liver, just the test results. Eh???? Then why Doc do 2 rheumatologists and my last doc worry about those results and want them clear before starting me on meds that could cause problems if liver readings are off? I wish I could have taped my visits with that doc!
My own suspician about the borderline reading is that all I can think of is meds I've been on ... and researching online that it does happen with certain meds sometimes. When that reading happened I had sometimes been having a lot of discomfort in the liver area, it felt swollen actually, and yukky feelings ... digestion stuff, so as far as I'm concerned those results were an actual reflection of my physical state at the time.
I saw the rheumatologist almost a month ago and still haven't heard from my doc about the report back and I'm left hanging. Rheumy wants those borderline and other tests sorted out before giving the go ahead on some prescriptions. Rheumy also wants to see me again in July when he's back, plus I just got called up for my turn on the waitlist with physio ... and I need them now. Pinched nerves or something causing all sorts of problems for me lately (acting like cervical disc/nerves stuff)
So while some things are definately moving forward, there are glitches to be worked out regards this do and getting some better care and coordinating care going on. I put my faith in the rheumy and the physio people right now and will deal as little as possible with my doc until I can find another. This one isn't even monitoring me or even interested I think. I dunno. He's like no other doc I've ever had in terms of things he says, asks, or does.
Anyways ... life goes on and I do my days as they come ... and thank God Tuesday I get rolling with the physio people and I KNOW they'll coordinate well with my rheumatologist and me.
Here's wishing you all some relief and laughs while dealing with all this health and doctors stuff ...
Yes, I seem to recall hearing that saying once before
Well, see how the new appts go. go w/your gut w/ that one doc and change if you feel results are not happening.
docs don't believe meds give side effects, which we can attest is not true.
hot water bottle on the liver area when sore does help. if you don't have one, warm a wash cloth and put in baggie over area. the moist heat works better than a heating pad.
Good luck. I'm signing off to rest my tired eyes.
Thanks for the helpful hints ;) I haven't had "symptoms" round the liver since I moved here so I think it's settled down, whatever it is. Still have to do some bloodwork to check though. Will remember your remedies for future reference.
Met the physio folks today for my assessment appointment and they were totally awesome. I feel I lucked out with both the rheumatologist and the physio folks. Lucky me., Now, regular doc next ;) I start twice weekly physio appointments next week and will be having an occupational therapist work with me as well ... also a home visit assessment to see what I may need at home for managing on my own. So ... progress. Cool.
The down side is that many of my "new" problems are due to the fact that I was told I also have secondary osteoarthritis goin' on. That explains a lot ... bummer to have the extra problems though. All this and fibro too. Kinda complicated/complex to figure it all out and how to deal with it all.
I'm looking forward to the physio treatments and exercizing in the hot-tub or whatever it is they call their "tub" for water therapies. Time to buy a bathing suit. Haven't had one in decades LOL