1-16-16 (day 76)
Saturday, January 16, 2016
I have been dealing with quite a bit of pain this past week. My hand is doing better, still have sharp pain through my index finger and knuckle. My knees and ankles ache but I believe will be fine. No major immediate damage in those.
I am thinking about asking to be tested for rheumatoid arthritis again. The last time my markers were there but not high enough to be classified as rheumatoid. My mom had a difficult time getting diagnosed. It wasn't until she found a doctor who knew of a particular test, she was tested and was positive. I don't have that test available to myself in this state.
She was diagnosed when it was too late. I grew up seeing her trying every type of medication and shot possible and still being in pain. I remember her even taking gold shots. She is on Humera now and is able to deal with the pain. It is no where gone but the edge is off. She has been on it for years. Her living where winter is more harsh now has been hard on her. I know she wants me diagnosed and treated before what happened to her happens to me too. She lost her toe joints, knee joints, lung functions, hearing, and her hands are so deformed she can hardly use them. She has no toe knuckles, she had them removed. She had her knee replaced a couple years ago. Her ankle is horrible and can not be replaced without danger to her. Rheumatoid arthritis has more damage than just for joints. It effects the lining of your lungs and can effects that lead to strokes. She had a stroke and lost hearing in one ear. She didn't even know she had it.
I am in no way wishing to have anything painful. Just knowing what the pain is from would be nice to get some treatment. I have been told I have various other types of arthritis, and that to be classified as rheumatoid I have to be caught in a very bad flare up.
I DO listen to my body when it tells me it is hurting. I DON'T push my limits when it is telling me that. I DO know I am damaging my joints if I push myself.