I am so sorry I flaked on you! I thought I responded to your post before I took the kitty to the vet, but obviously did not hit the send button! I am sorry and I hope that I havent offended you! You have not offended me in any way.
I know someone had mentioned Vitamin D deficiency in another post months back (probably you now that I think of it) and I asked both my PCP and rheumatologist who are batting me back and forth for a blood test for Vitamin D and a recheck of my sed rate on my last visits. The rheumatologist refuses to do any more labs and thinks I have osteoarthritis since I am not a text book case. He is the only rheumy in my area that accepts my insurance, and since I was diagnosed in my teens, which is over 15 years ago, he feels that I was misdiagnosed! He is young, and it seems as though he is only interested in collecting a paycheck at this point. He wont prescribe anything, prednisone, injections, nothing. He sends me back to my PCP who is afraid to prescribe RA medications because of her lack of knowledge on it and my allergies and reactions to medications. I have a long list.....So I am stuck. I am trying to get the insurance to approve me seeing an out of network doc at an in network rate so that I can get effective treatment. My philosphy at this point is to treat me for RA since most signs point to that and osteoarthritis treatments do nothing, and if it works then hey I have a diagnosis!
Golitho, Joy and Mikel, thank you all for thinking of me and posting! Golitho, I have no clue why no one has tried cortisone in pulses or even prednisone, but I have decided I am going to begin suggesting what treatments I want to try instead of being a beach ball! This is getting ridiculous. The doctor's don't explain that the fatigue and constant feeling of being sick comes along with RA, just that my depression causes that....But I had that way before the depression resurfaced. I will be taking an advocate with me to ALL my appointments now as well.
MY poor kitty....Miss is her name. She has prolapsed intestines and rectum and the next 48 hours are critical for her. The vet said she may have IBS (a diagnosis we share) and an allergy to fish and seafood, which would cause all this inflammation and prolapse. I cant believe I drove her to the vet, and just thank God it is close to our home. She is 6, so not a young kitty, but my youngest cat. The vet says there is no telling why it happens without a doubt, but if the surgery to hold it in place doesn't work then she will be put down. She amazes me though. The whole time she must have been in tremendous pain and she purred when I pet her and cried only when I left. The vet says she is resting comfortably and showed no signs of severe pain, just the bleeding and obvious prolapse. The family is worried and none of the pets are acting normal yet. Part of me feels silly to pray for my cat, but she is like one of my kids....all our furry family members are. Thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers.