I woke up this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. Decided it was time to blog. I have not had a chance to respond to the recent comments on my blog but I will soon. They really moved me.
I feel like I can breath now and have the desire to sit down and write finally. Had to make it through a huge birthday party. The stress was overwhelming to say the least. More people in my home at once than ever before. I wanted to see everyone that came and visit with them–just not all at once. Also felt like a coming out party of sorts for me since the question, “What is it that you have again?” came up when I was sitting down to eat. Some at the party know that I have been dealing with RA symptoms and pain, while others that are good friends are completely clueless.
I have actually been feeling pretty good lately. I’ve been taking a hot epsom/sea salt bath in the morning now and dry brushing my skin, finally making regular massage therapy appointments and noticing that DHEA has definitely boosted my energy. For now, I feel comfortable continuing with what is working. I am also rebounding on a mini trampoline to stimulate my lymph system, among many other bodily systems.
Dealing with a strange rash around my breast area for few weeks now. It is in spots and patches of varying sizes and isn’t raised. They biopsied a piece of skin on my breast last week. The stitches fell out two days later and weren’t supposed to be removed for another week and a half. Girl that stitched me was in training. I am not even going to go there right now regarding this incident. Lab report came back as probably dermatitis. My Dr. decided to put a patch on my back for two days to test me for 29 different allergens. I thought the whole process was somewhat ridiculous, but insurance was actually paying for this, so I went along. Maybe something was ticking my skin off. If so, I thought it would be good to find out. I did not react to anything.
I have also had an ELISA/ACT test done in the past to test for allergens. (More about that someday.) I did find an interesting study on pub med about rare RA related skin rashes and found pictures on a John Hopkins site. It’s not going away and is spreading in patches down my trunk. All the Dr. could do was offer a steroid cream. So not happy about this. It doesn’t itch and I don’t even know it’s there unless I’m looking at it. But like I said, it’s not going away.
On another note, I finally made a decision about my current rheumatologist. He’s getting the boot! I called my Dr.’s office this morning and asked for a follow-up appointment with the “nice” and thorough rheumatologist. I now have an appointment to see him next week. I have not spoken with him since November of last year when he was filling in for my Dr. and did a boat load of bloodwork.