Hi everyone. I've been gone for a while now--did you miss me? I was doing pretty well for a while, but after I completed the tb meds, I agreed to go back on enbrel in addition to mtx. I've been doing that for about 5-6 weeks now. And I feel like I'm starting to flare again. Before when I went on both enbrel and mtx, it took care of my pain immediately. It's not doing that this time. Perhaps it just takes a while for enbrel to get in your system--I know it took 5-6 months the first time. I guess, though, that if I feel like this when on 15 mg of mtx/week and 50 mg/enbrel, what would I feel like without anything?
Lots of changes in my life recently. My twin daughters started kindergarten this fall, so they're in school full-time and my hubby is working almost full-time (he's been a stay-at-home dad for the last 5 years). I've also decided on a major career change. I'm currently a research psychologist with the federal government. I've recently applied as a commissioned officer for the Public Health Services Corps, and related to that position, I've been applying for federal positions in the public health field on a continual basis. So, I guess with all of this stuff happening, I'm a bit stressed too--which might explain the flare.
One question I have for you guys. I've noticed that when I walk, or do even light aerobic activity/dance, my joints are in such agony that I can't even take stairs easily. Exercise is supposed to be good for RA, but in my case it's been making me feel a lot worse than normal. Although I'm trying to work through it and see if it will ease up a bit over time. Have any of ever experienced this? Recall that exercise is supposed to have the opposite effect on RA (and it used to with me) by decreasing inflammation and strengthening joint mobility, etc...
Looking forward to catching up with everyone. Hope all is well.
I think you meant for this to go here Bear..
Back from the cold country, and almost thawed out..wonderful to feel warm again!
Yes Yally, I know the fall colors are beautiful, that is one of the things I miss most about the north, fall was my favorite time of year!! I always wished I could take a trip every fall just for the leaves...only made it a couple of times Just can't handle the cold anymore...hats off to you tough folks who have to deal with winter..felt like someone was taking a drill to my hip joints, everything ached. Was worth it to see the family though.
Joan, I'm so sorry to hear about the pain you're in, please keep us posted, I sure hope those patches do the trick.
Hi el! So glad to see you back on...Best of luck with the job searches...twin girls?? Wow that must keep you hopping. You do have a lot going on. I'm pretty new at this, but it does seem if I try too much exercise I pay for it for days after. Trying to start up again real slow. If I remember right, Momto3 was trying to use her treadmill a while back, and it was tough for her to get going again. By the way, haven't seen you here for a long time Mom, are you ok? How about you, too, CaMama? Hope all is well with you guys!! Boo...how are things with you? Did you have to work today?
Any news on the house, Bear? Did I read in the post somewhere that you have some tests coming up?
Hi to you too Ducky...how are you doing??Special hugs your way. You, too Erin, hope you feeling better!
Read something the other day that made me think of all of you... "Courage doesn't always roar...sometimes it's the quiet little voice at the end of the day that says..'I will try again tomorrow' " Fits you all so well.
Have a good night
I wish this was a "hello there all" kind of post...but it is not. I just finished reading a email from our own dear Boo. She asked me to share with all of you that they recieved some bad news today about her son-in-law, and she is trying hard to gather her strength. She will be back with us when she can, however in the meantime, please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers, she really needs our love and support right now. We all know how tough things have been for her...I am constantly amazed that she is able to carry on like she does.
I'm not sure of all of the details, but apparently a new ultrasound revealed that the tumor is still malignant and the cancer is also in the lymph nodes. He will be having surgery soon, it will be a very difficult one due to the location of the tumor.
oh my! My prayers to Boo and her family! Thank you for keeping us informed Jody!
Hi guys, long time no talk. You have all been in my thoughts constantly. I'm struggling to stay healthy and keep my job (by not getting so sick I have to leave B4 contract ends). Have been on a trip to AZ and a short trip for T-day. Hope everyone's was okay. Ours was nice - kids and went to my family's event. Hubby, as usual, worked. Wed. will mark week 3 of a cold that started out mild, worsed the 2nd wed. then again the 3rd wed and moved in to my chest this past Sat. Kids had strep and I fear I may have either that or some sinus infection....it's not HORRIBLE, so I haven't been to the docs yet....may just be a lingering virus...but it's getting old....
I did a brief scan of V45 and this thread up to now....so, I'm not quite up to speed on everyone, but know I thinkof you all and wish you the best. I'll try to be around more often as I miss you guys terribly! I did read about chewing gum and weight - I need to try that again...I'm also struggling to get myself to 'behave' when it comes to eating. I've gained 10 pounds since starting my job in Oct. I see my PCP in Jan for a physical. She is going to beat me over the head if I don't loose weight before I see her! I've got to drop like 80lbs! Right now, if I can drop 10-20 before I see her, I'll be happy! UGH!
Post Edited (CaMama) : 11/28/2007 2:12:19 AM (GMT-7)
Yummmm....can I join you Yalinda!? Shall I bring the 'grape juice'? I do like a good cordial...oh, of course you meant the chocoloate covered cherry cordials....so did I...yea...that's it. . . . .
Boo, my thoughts and prayers with you always. Ducky, when do you hear about work? Joan, everyone I spoke to say shingles are the worst! I know my mother struggled with it for a long time. Hang in there! Bear, how is your hip doing? Did I read you haven't moved yet? something fell through? Erin, still no word on your court case?
Raven, I agree with Yalinda, do some deep stretches - I still push the deep calf stretch my podietrist showed me: lean against a counter or wall with one leg back a bit and the other bent forward. Get it to give you a deep stretch in that calf area. Not a cure-all necessarily, but it may help some of the pain. When I get really bad, I have to do it consistently throughout the day for a few days to start feeling some relief. I hope the stretching can help at least somewhat at a minimum....but heel pain is awful!!!!
If I missed anyone or askeda bout somethign that was answered - sorry! I miss you guys something awful!!!! I did finally call PCP today to be seen about this 3 week cold, I think it's a sinus infection. I found out PCP is on leave of absence (she has bad RA and similiar health issues like myself) as she lost her house in the fires and I guess the stress of it all has caused her health to go downhill. I wish I could give her a call and offer some type of help. She is the reason I'm still alive from being so sick in 2003.....she insisted I get checked in to the hospital when they wanted to refuse me stating I only had the flu that was going around...
Take care. ****
Post Edited (Joan M) : 11/29/2007 7:34:34 PM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (yalinda) : 11/30/2007 6:06:05 AM (GMT-7)