What an awesome day! Recently I’ve reviewed my notes from this past year’s doctor appointments. Those notes typically contained ever-growing lists of joints that hurt. In making my notes for this most recent appointment, I realized just how much better I’m feeling. My feet don’t hurt. My ankles don’t hurt. My knees don’t hurt. My neck/throat isn’t swollen. My elbows don’t hurt. My wrists don’t hurt. My hands don’t hurt – I’m even able to wear my wedding ring again. Best of all, I have tons more energy.
The checkup with my rheumy went well. I’ve been feeling so much better that I didn’t realize there were still some tender spots, so was surprised that she found a few. Maybe that serves as a reality check – no cure, just symptom control.
Since it looks like the Enbrel is working so well, I get to discontinue one of the other DMARDs. I love the methodical approach so we know what works and what doesn’t. We’re not making major changes – just one medication adjustment at a time. Given the side effects I’ve experienced with sulfasalazine, I am overjoyed to announce that I’ve taken my final one of those horrid things.
As a bonus, this means eliminating six pills every day. Reducing the pill count is nice, but no more side effects will be great!
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