It’s taken me a year since I first started this journey to write about this. Well, it was going on a lot longer than that but it’s been a year since I have been actively trying to figure out what’s up.
It started last November when my right pointer finger started getting stiff. It had bugged me off and on for a few years but never badly. I just attributed it to over use during hoof trimming (when it usually hurt). Thing is, this time, my middle finger started to get a stiff a few weeks later. I went to the doc and she stated that I had tendonitis after 2 minutes of looking at my hand and gave me Meloxicam for the inflammation.
So I Google doctored myself and tried everything under the sun to get my “tendonitis” to improve. I even went as far as to splint the two fingers together and type/mouse with my left hand for a day or so. By the end of the second day using my left hand more, the pointer and middle finger of that hand started to hurt. Went back to the doc and once again, she said it was tendinitis. Really?? I walked out of the office with another prescription for a narcotic this time (no thanks) and decided it was time to do some of my own investigation. Back to Google I went!
After a long trip down the rabbit hole that is Google diagnosing, the thing I kept coming back to time and again was arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis to be exact. I sent an email to the doc and she agreed to approve some blood tests to investigate.
A week later I had my answer. No huge red flags but my Rheumatoid Factor was just over on the positive side. Humph. The doc agreed that it was time for a more expert opinion and I was referred to a Rheumatologist who sent me for yet more blood tests. This time, another type of test called the cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) came back very high. Like off the charts high. While my outward appearance was calm, this was what was going on inside my head:
The Rheumatologist prescribed me Methotrexate (a low dose chemo drug) and I’m happy to report that my system seems to be taking it ok. I did switch to the injectable form from the pills and I think it helped with keeping the tummy upset to a minimum.
Now, more then 6 months later the pain in my wrists, knee, shoulder and feet are almost totally gone. I’m still on a low dose of Meloxicam but otherwise doing well. My middle fingers are still a bit stiff so I might up the Methotrexate slightly but I can’t complain. I’m doing pretty darn good compared to a lot of people with this disease.
Long story short, I’m accepting about it all now although sometimes I do want to do a little Unikitty on something:
My Sunday Night Ritual