Saturday I posted to express my appreciation for all the support I received from Phat50Chick. Sunday morning I woke early and once again the left knee was excrutiating, very swollen and I couldn’t put any weight on it. Mr. Phat ran to the pharmacy for another Medrol pack and I started my second course of prednisone in less than 2 weeks.
This time I will admit to not having felt progressively better each day. It’s been very slow to improve. Today I’m better, but I still have swelling, pain and still am limping, even though I try not to. It dawned on me last night that I had lyme disease last summer and I wondered if I had a final follow up blood test to determine that I was no longer fighting it. I called my primary care doctor this morning and he wanted me to come in for a blood test, but then realized I was on prednisone and so I can’t have the blood test until 2 weeks after stopping taking the pred. Which is the 29th of July. If I can go that far. I did find this ugly graphic on the CDC website but it’s appropriate. The right hand picture is me. One truly fat, overswollen, can’t straighten out or bend it, knee.
Maybe it is RA. Maybe I’m having a flare in my knee. Maybe the Enbrel has run it’s course and I have to switch off it. I have an appointment with my rheumatologist next week to discuss that possibility as well. I also have a consult with a acupuncture group. Because I’m curious about acupuncture. But maybe it’s not RA???
As I’ve always said here on Phat50Chick – you have to be your own advocate. Your own doctor. Because I have RA, the ortho and rheumy didn’t think about Lyme, and my Primary Care didn’t really either. I had to be the one to remember the lyme and look it up and think – Huh? You can’t be too sure.
I will keep you posted.