Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rheumatoid Arthritis Update

I had an appointment with my rheumy yesterday.  The wonderful news is that my inflammation rates are at an all time low.  Yay for me! 

The other news is that she is concerned that I have developed new nodules since our last visit.  Therefore, I am stopping Methotrexate immediately in case it is contributing to the nodules.  I will be giving Arava another try.  I will start out using it every other day at first to see if my body responds differently than when I tried it last year.  I actually have some anxiety about making the switch.  Everything is going so well for me right now that I hate to change anything I am doing with my meds or with my diet. However, I am willing to do it.  Wish me luck!

One other good piece of news to share today is that I added sprints to my walk today. I am not really sure what made me decide to take this step this morning.  It wasn't part of the plan when I started out.  I have been reading about sprinting (but not seriously considering it for myself) and for some reason, today just seemed to feel right.  I loved it!  I ran my hardest and loved having Izzy, my border collie, at my side perfectly happy with this addition to our daily walk.  When I stopped to walk she looked up at me as if saying, "why haven't we been doing this forever?"  Well, we all know the answer to that question, right?


  1. Cathy,

    Wishing you all the best in your new regimen. Happy for you in your sprinting!

  2. Research has shown that methotrexate can contribute to creating these nodule but it is unfortunate that you are having to switch meds when this one has been working. Let's hope the next regime works as well for you. Sure would hate to upset your sprinting buddy :-)

  3. Good luck on the switch. Arava has made an amazing difference for me, although I know you didn't have the best experience. Sprinting? That's terrific. You and Izzy enjoy.

  4. Sprinting is awesome! Wish you luck with the Arava, I always hate having to switch meds. Especially if one has been working.

  5. Wow - sprints! That's amazing! And it sounds like Izzie had a wonderful time, too.

    Good luck with the Arava. It's scary to switch meds when you are doing so well, but hopefully you'll ease into it and the only change will be the nodules getting better.

    Have fun sprinting! :)

  6. Just amazing and I am so proud of you!