I saw a rheumatologist with a good reputation and educational background Tuesday. She has been practicing for 22 years, and I really like her. She spent an hour and 15 minutes with me. I found that amazing, based on the previous experience I had with rheumatologist. Her diagnosis: Seronegative RA. She ordered xrays of my hands and feet. Since I decided to take a more active role in my healthcare, I ran by the hospital today and picked up the report. The Radiology Report states that I have "juxta-articular osteoporosis" at the "metacarpophalangeal joints" From what I have read, this is a "change that is consistent with the joint destroying course of RA".
This past year has been a roller coaster of pain, fatigue, frustration, and fear of the unknown. I am not happy that I have RA, but I am happy to have a diagnosis and a doctor who is going to help me. I am to start MTX as soon as I finish the Bactrim I am taking for a sinus infection.
I want to thank you all for your support this past year. I appreciate it more than you could ever know.
A special thanks to Lene Andersen, who diagnosed me from way up north in Canada, without ever seeing me. She really is an expert!
Published On: May 12, 2011