Good Morning Boardies,
This may serve as a wake-up call for some of the members. And I think it's important enough to start a thread. Someone mentioned far down in another thread DO NOT IGNORE joint pain. I checked mine off as "oh well, I am getting older".
But when I mentioned it to my GI it set off his alarm bells. 10 questions later he was pointing me to a Rheumatologist "stat".
I was surprised by the length of that first Rheumy appointment. He poked, prodded, questioned for 90 minutes and then sat down and wrote a BUNCH of orders for lab tests and x-rays. He said to start with Celebrex 1 or 2 times a day.
Celebrex alone did not do the trick and I wanted to hear my diagnosis so I went back in 30 days. I have Colitic Arthropothy. Well, enquiring minds like mine want to know so he needed to expound a little.
We UC'ers have a crummy immune system. We have inflamation. We're ripe for the taking on joint involvement, lung involvement....well involvement.
Multiple lab tests and lung x-ray suggested that he could be aggressive in my treatment.
I'm taking Celebrex twice daily and a whopping big shot of Methotrexate every Friday. It just gets more and more fun all the time!
Do I feel better? Yes and no. Some days after I work out the initial stiffness and get moving I have a GREAT day.
Other days I just am resigned to having "grandma's body" at the age of 53. 'Cause like all of you there's no OTC product to take to ease off the pain. Rheumy said it could take six months to get the full effect so I'm hanging in there. I'm only 3 months in and he just upped the MTX by half on Friday.
Rheumy said quite clearly - YOU are LUCKY your GI sent you in here. Early and aggressive treatment will keep you from joint deterioration and keep you moving. He said we WILL find the right combination and have you pain free again because we caught you EARLY!
EARLY AND AGGRESSIVE TREATMENT is the key.
I feel blessed to have alert
and compassionate health care professionals on my team.
If you wake up with pain and stiffness that takes longer than 30 minutes to resolve you may have this condition. Remember Early and Agressive treatment may allow you to dance at your grandchild's wedding.
Sorry so long. I'm feeling the need to reach out today because it's important!
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