Well it still doesn't make sense to me, unless he is thinking it is a gout flare-up, and wants to see it, to make sure, that it isn't that, but I am no Doctor so what do I know??? I guess I am just naturally suspicious of most Doctors and what is really behind their reasoning. But as long as you trust him and are happy with him that is what really counts! And of course that he is helping you! It is difficult when you have to drive along way to see these specialist, I certainly wish you well Becky, I do know what it is like to to have problems with ones back and then other joints!
I just got a steroid injection into my right hip joint last week as I have bad inflamation in that joint and that joint is really bad according to the MRI and Arthrogram reports, I had been to a rhuemy several years ago and had a positive ANA but neg for lupus, and nothing said about rheumatoid arthritis, since then the fingers on my right hand have went to "Hello" in a hand bag, and I have one finger ( my little pinky) that is very sore and tender and really deformed at the joints and swollen up and the joints are hard and locked and cannot bend them, the other fingers are swollen and red and I cannot straighten them out flat. But unless I bump that hand and that pinky it is tolerable, and I get by! The problems and the pain I have in the right hip and the back and neck are more than enouth for me to deal with right now. I know this saying is trite, but I will say it anyway, Hang in there Becky! you know we are all here for you, and I do wish you all the best!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!