Well, I got the news yesterday evening. It's official. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. It's also possible and likely I have something else accompanying it.
While it's horrible news, it's not unexpected. I've known for some time that this would be my diagnosis. I'm fairly sure I know the rest as well. Effective immediately, I'm on prescription strength iron, Vitamin D (as my body does not absorb it at all therefore not absorbing calcium or iron or anything else well either - wonder why my body just LOVES to absorb fat... HA HA HA HA HA). I'm also on Prednisone as well as Plaquenil, Mobic, Lexapro, 75 mcg Duragesic Patches, Synthroid, 1200 IU of Calcium, an additional 1200 IU of Vit. D and Requip.
I'm to find out soon if they're adding Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and Chorea to my diagnosis. I have an appointment on Thursday to find out these things.
Monday I find out the results of my MRI on my neck. They're trying to determine if the time is right for me to have my neck surgery (remember how my spinal column has been 80% closed off for years now and they did another MRI to find out if it's worse now). And, now that I've gotten answers to my Rheumatic issues, they may likely go ahead and opt for the neck surgery asap. We'll have to see how things go Thursday I think before they'll make any surgical decisions for certain.
I will learn about my treatment options on Thursday as well but have been advised injections are likely going to become a norm. Since I'm needle-phobic, keep me in your thoughts won't you?