I went to the rheumy two weeks ago, and I have a new problem: costochondritis. I know I've seen some of you mention it on the board before. I'd been aware of vague chest wall achiness, but didn't know what it was til the nurse practitioner poked me around the ribs and I about flew off the table because it hurt so much! Anyway, she said that with the plaquenil and NSAIDs it should take care of the pain. But I forgot to ask about how long one can expect it to hang around. Is it another lovely thing that comes and goes?
I'm also a little confused about my lab results. She said that my insurance had changed the lab they use so the values she was seeing weren't what she's used to looking at. When I asked about my ANA, she said, "Well, it says that anything below 100 is normal, and yours is 97. I've never seen one so close to 100 and considered normal before. And it doesn't say what pattern it is." (???) My sed rate was 40. My CRP was 31, which seems insanely high to me...I wonder if it was actually 3.1 and she read it wrong?
I'm usually really good at asking questions, but they were running SO behind that day, and I had another appointment to get to...it was late, and I just needed to get going. It's usually not that bad there, thankfully.
Anyway, I didn't actually see the rheumy this time, and it was my first time seeing the nurse practitioner. I wonder if I can just ask them to mail me a copy of the lab work so I can look it over myself?
Thanks for listening, and any feedback you can offer.
Wife, writer, artist, homeschooling mom to 2 wonderful boys
Lupus (dx May '04), arthritis, PCOS, being tested for vasculitis and Behcet's
Now taking: plaquenil, limbrel, metformin XR, ibuprofen and the occasional percoset for pain