I only have to wait until Saturday. Two more days. Saturday is the big day and it will arrive none too soon, I gotta tell ya.
"What happens Saturday?" you ask.
I will be off the antibiotics and can take methotrexate once again. Whoohoo!
"Lisa, aren't you a little too excited about getting immuno-suppressed again?"
Nope. Each day during this past week, I wake up and face just how much more my feet or hands hurt. Little by little, it has been creeping up on me.
Well, today. I was so very tempted to dip into my emergency (MS relapse) supply of oral steroids which I took with me on vacation in June/July. Just half a tablet would probably relieve some of this pain but somehow that seems an abuse of having it available.
"What's wrong with taking a little prednisone/decadron for your RA?"
Only once have I taken oral steroids for my RA, but that was before I was diagnosed with RA. I took a medrol pack over a holiday season and when the taper ended, the pain came back full force. It seemed to serve no real purpose than to prove something bigger was going on.
Last fall when I was getting monthly pulse steroids (1000mg prednisone by IV every four weeks), not only was my MS happier but my RA was thrilled. I didn't really feel any substantial pain that I can recall. It was very nice.
Well, the past three weeks have proven that the methotrexate really DOES help keep my RA under control. That's the good news.
Now I just wonder how long it will take before my feet will stop feeling like they will break, my hips/knees will move smoothly again, and my knuckles will stop their slow swelling. I hope that it works as quickly as it works well.
Besides the pain increasing, my brain is foggy. I'm TIRED and have slept each afternoon for a couple of hours. As a result, I haven't done my normal amount of writing/researching. I'm slacking, I tell ya.
But the good news is that the inflammation/infection in my colon has been obliterated and I feel perfectly fine on that front. Yay, antibiotics.
Hopefully everything will be back to normal soon. I'm just very thankful that my RA is well controlled when I'm on all of my medications. That's the best news!!