Tonight I spoke with the Medical Assistant (MA) for my rheumatologist regarding my current status related to my disease, Psoriatic Arthritis. I have had increased pain in my wrists and hands, particularly in my right index finger and thumb. I have gotten to the point in typing where I rarely use my right index finger and thumb, which is a little concerning as I do a lot of typing for work and you know, I am only 29. So, I shot him an email to tell him this. He scheduled some lab work and an ultrasound. The lab work was all good. It normally is, which I attribute to my healthy eating habits. My ultrasound however came back worse than a year and a half ago with an erosion, which means damage. Whether it is permanent or not I did not think to ask until afterwards but my guess is yes. So, being as how the meds aren't working I was given 2 choices. Start Remicade, which is a medication given through an IV about every 4-8 weeks depending of severity of disease, or stop all meds so that my body is free of chemicals to think about starting a family. As family plans are more imminent, I figure I have plenty of my life where I can try out new meds after having kid(s), if I need them and want to go that route.
So sort of bummer news but I almost feel liberated! I honestly don't think any of the meds I have been on in the past year and a half have worked. What has worked is cleaning up my diet. I still have some work to do (I still have been indulging in ciders and have had some stuff with gluten in it) but overall when I eat well, I feel well. It's that simple. Plus my work has been getting me hooked up with a fancy mouse and voice recognition software for my computer, which I am totally stoked about! It might mean working from home more, so I don't annoy my office mate!
In other news, I am signing up for a 5K today and am going to get back into a running groove, especially during the summer months AKA the months where I feel like my old self. Yay! I plan to keep it to short distances, walk when I need to, wear braces for my knees, and do low impact exercises the rest of the time. I will make sure to make time for foam rolling and stretching, as that always makes things feel better.
So, that's the scoop! Happy June everyone!