Bloo, I'm sorry you're having a rough time of it lately. And it does bite when people don't even try to understand. I was just telling my husband that the other day. How can I get support from friends and family when I look perfectly healthy on the outside, and them most days I limp but some days I don't? I'm sure we can all understand where you're coming from on that one.
Don't know much about the injections; I assume you're referring to cortisone injections? I've never had them, never needed them.
With respect to your job, the bottom line is you need to do what's best for you. Employers don't always understand employee situations, and quite frankly, they don't have to although it would certainly be nice if they all did. I know if it came down to it and I had to quit or take a leave of absence from my job, I would do it regardless of what my supervisors thought. It might mean giving up my career job, but then how much of a career is it if you don't feel well enough to handle it? My identity is not tied to a career so it really is not as big of an issue as it would be for some.
IN any case, I truly hope you get the answers you need from your doctor and that the injections help you.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: Early Lupus/MCTD; Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan