Feeling better, thanks to...
I am past due for a RAD update, so here it goes: I had my last appointment with my rheumatologist in June, shortly after I returned from vacation. Since the beginning of March, I've been slowly but steadily improving, with my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms becoming less severe and less frequent. The only real persistent symptom remains my wrists -- they are still weaker than they should be and have a limited range of motion...which may or may not be permanent. However, it is rare now that they hurt on their own, without me putting weight on them or over extending them. This is a big improvement from 6 months ago, where they'd wake me up in the middle of the night and radiate with pain akin to a sprained wrist all day -- I'm assuming that part about the sprained wrist, as I've never actually sprained a bone...just a guess. I get occasional pain in my feet, but it is normally only when I first wake up (morning stiffness), and doesn't usually last very long. I have a few finger joints that still hurt on and off, but not badly, and overall my fingers have had less swelling. And, more recently, I've been able to go down to one dose of naproxen on many days (500mg instead of 1000mg per day).
Hi there! My name is Dana and I live in West Michigan with my husband, Tom and our dog Happy Gilmore. I created this space as a place to share the things I learn along this journey I call life. I work in marketing and I'm a sort of Jane of All Trades, interested in all things nature, gardening, cooking, exploring and learning new things. This blog is a conglomeration of my interests, hobbies, life and life lessons. Thanks for stopping by!