Went to my Rheumy for a follow up on the progress of the medications, she was happy with the progress with the Hydroxyclorequine. This is my second visit after starting treatment for SLE Lupus 6 months ago. I have probably had this for 30+ years, but was never tested. This is the first doctor to actually listen to me.
I explained that the Celebrex stopped being effective, she told me that the Glucosamine/ Chondrotin were canceling each other out, so I should take less Celebrex or stagger the Celebrex with the supplements. She was the one that added the supplements, but I guess it was just overlooked. I am off the Celebrex for a couple of days, as I am going to see a Orthopedic surgeon about my back pain, thought It would be better to gauge where the pain is. I showed a couple of x-rays to the Rheumy of my back, one seems to show the bottome floating ribs, to be detached from the vertebra! The T11 and T 12 are both fractured, from a old injury, and I have OA in my Throacic spine. The rest is lupus arthritis, my knees show no Spurs at all. I was a little concerned about the ribs, if they moved and punctured a lung, might get messy… She is just dumping the pain management onto the new doctor, as no one wants to deal with that, thanks to the new laws that make chronic pain suffering into criminals.
I have had some rash on my face, but will get a non steroid cream for it at the dermatologist.
One thing she was concerned about, I described the side effects of the Cymbalta, I am taking for neuropathy pain, it is causing symptoms similar to prostrate, so now I get to go to another specialist, a urologist and get the prostrate and kidneys checked out. To make matters worse, I lost my wallet, containing my drivers licence, and credit cards, DMV said it would be over a month to get in for a appointment, I guess I am supposed to sit at home and wait? As you know, we don’t need stress like this in our lives…
A plus of the anti malarial, my brain fog and blurred vision has almost gone away, (except yesterday, when I had a flare from losing my wallet). I used to think it was blood sugar that triggered it, but my blood sugar is normal during the episodes.
Sorry for the long winded post…