Thanks so much, Erin!!! I needed that! It is easier to look at yourself with an unbiased eye thinking objectively about what needs to be done but when it's your kids, that right there blows any reasonability out the window!!
Her symptom have primarily manifest themselves through orthopedic problems - knees, feet, and her back. She does see an othopedist. We realize some of the problems come from years and years of dance. However, this one area of her foot was odd so my rheumy's PA saw her and called the rheumy in on the exam. She did tell her that the way the foot looked and the symptoms she was having with it sounded "pre-RA" kind of symptoms. She's been taking medication, going to PT and wearing a brace and she goes back to see her in September. We'll cross that bridge in September. The problem with this my precious child is that her pain threshold is SOOOOOOOO high, she will work and keep going through terrible, intense pain....probably causing more damage. But, she thinks she has to keep working. Things would not continue without her.. She's a bartender at an upscale restaurant here in Houston. Go figure.....
I do know she sees the doctors regularly and she does trust them a great deal! Mostly because she sees how they have helped me and supported me through alot of difficult situations. I'll keep you posted. It does worry me that these things are manifesting early....earlier than mine did. She's only 23 and mine started when I was around 43. I'm 52 now.
I guess I worry because one of my cousins has severe RA and severe Crohns. His problems are so severe that he has to work from home. He and I are the only two in the family we know about and he's just one year younger than me.
Thanks for the hugs and thoughts. I appreciate them so much!!! I'm going back to school next week. It's almost time for the kids to come so we have to have our meetings and get everything ready for our students but I'll keep checking on you all as I can. This is a great place. You all have helped me many times and I sure appreciate all your kindness!!
Current DX: psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, CD, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, back spasms/pain/,lower right hip pain/inflamation/high blood pressure
Current meds: Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate 15 mg., celebrex, micardis/hct, folic acid, medrol dose pack, steroid shots in areas of pain
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500, zoloft, and now nitroglycerine
Previous meds: Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx