Sunday, October 3, 2010

Appointment Went Well!

On Friday I met with my rheumatologist.  It was a good appointment.  I am super glad I changed rheumatologists when I went back on medications.  She is very thorough in her exams and doesn't believe in  staying on anything that isn't necessary. 

We reviewed my lab work and according to her everything looks "ridiculously good" except that my white blood cells have dropped a little so she will monitor those guys.   She was happy to see the progress I am making with Enbrel and said if things continue as they are that we will reduce methotrexate at the next appointment.  Yay!  She does have some concerns though that there is still swelling in my knuckles and that I can't make a fist with either hand yet.  Her recommendation is to start physical therapy.  I think that is a great idea.  I actually have been surprised it was never recommended before - she was too!  I start on Monday.


  1. Excellent, Cathy! It's just great to hear you're doing so well with the MTX and Enbrel, and that you continue to feel so good. Here's hoping the white cell count resolves without a problem and that the swelling in your hands will subside soon. Maybe these new meds just need more time to work? And PT will likely help a lot with your hands.

    You're such an inspiration with your bravery and can-do attitude. You make me smile. :o)

  2. That's great news, I hope therapy can help shift that last bit of stiffness/swelling. :)

  3. Woo-hoo! Looking forward to hearing about the success of PT :)

  4. I am so happy you have a great doctor and blood work has improved. Nothing like seeing improvement in black and white. Physical therapy did wonders for my neck. I'm a firm believer now. I'm glad you are going to integrate it into your wellness plan. It can be a pain to go all the time, but well worth the results. : )