First, I want to thank all of you who follow my blog. Usually I write blogs with advice and tips to help all of you out, but I also want to vent and update you on my life with RA. I hope it gives others a way to relate, and it adds another way to raise awareness of what we go through.
This past Wednesday I had my appointment with my Rheumatologist. First, my Rheumy is an hour and a half a way, which stinks in a way, but so worth it because I really love him! We discuss everything that's been going on and he does his usual checkup on me. My joints look great (they've been feeling great!), but my energy levels have been really low all of the time. We figured out they started not long after increasing my MTX dose from 10mg to 15mg. He's concerned about the low energy and said it could be a possible side effect from the MTX or some underlying cause. We discussed that since I've been on Prednisone for months now, it's time to start weening off again. I'm only on 5mg, so I will ween off over the next 2 weeks. He sent me for bloodwork to do some tests, and wants to see me back in one month. Depending on the blood tests, when I go back in one month we are going to try cutting back on the MTX to hopefully help the energy. If nothing helps, it will be time to discuss new treatment. He also wants me to go get a bone density test, since the Prednisone can affect that.
Basically I have a lot of waiting to do. In a way I would like to stay on the MTX since my joints feel great, but I really dislike this low energy. I feel so useless and tired all of the time, so maybe a new treatment would be more beneficial. I want to wait to see how I do off the Pred, and see what the blood tests show. So I go back on February 9th for my appointment with my Rheumy, and my bone density test.
I wish everyone the best of luck and health in the new year!