Hey everyone. I'm in a much better mood today. Tummy still hurts like heck, but I have my appointment with the new GI tomorrow morning. I will not leave his office until he does something about my stomach; the rolaids are getting old. And no, I'm not eating the fruit flavored ones--they started making me nauseous, although I have a feeling the nausea really comes from whatever is wrong with my stomach to begin with.
Yalinda--sorry to hear your mom is giving you such a hard time. Erin's right, though. At least she has you to look after her. If it's any consolation, my dad is the same way. He has severe ulcerative colitis, diabetes, and RA. He lives in Brazil most of the year (he's retired) and he NEVER sees a doctor. He's on 15 mg of mtx/week, insulin daily, and he keeps a steady supply of prednisone handy in case his UC decides to flare. I'm like, Dad, don't you think you should have some bloodwork done once in a while? I saw him about a month ago, and it scares he how frail he's actually become. I think it's the RA; it's getting out of control, and because of his diabetes and UC he's limited in what he can take (I think the tnf-inhibitors are out).
Erin--glad to hear your knees are doing a bit better, but sorry you're in such a gloomy mood. Perhaps my bad mood from yesterday was contagious. I recall voltaren, for me, working immediately! I'm disappointed for you. I thought it was a good drug, just didn't agree with my stomach (again) or colon.
Momto3--good for you for getting on the treadmill. When I make myself walk, I always feel better. I may pay for it later, but I get immediate benefits from exercise. I'm just careful not to overdo it.
Boo--I've always been one to believe that your mental health has a BIG effect on your physical health. I'm a psychologist, although I'm a researcher, not a clinician. Minimal stress is best for everyone, but especially for us AI folks.
Everyone else--I hope you're doing well. I'll let everyone know how my GI appointment goes.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan