Sunday, April 27, 2014

Feeling Accomplished

Holidays and feeling like crap got in the way of my weekly workout routine. Despite not wanting to go to the gym and just curl up in bed I went, rode 11 miles, lifted weights, got a message and now icing my knee. Not sure what that's all about but it will be fine. I got glutened last night. My own fault. I'm so used to having gluten free granola that I got some on my frozen yogurt. Spent the night fighting off pain of flares. Fun stuff.

Rheumatoid Knowledge is key

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

8 Foods to Help Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/8-foods-fight-arthritis#10

My new bracelet I will wear proudly

Another unsuccessful ween

I tried and failed yet again to ween myself from the prednisone. I'm not sure if the injections in my knee are triggering my body to react but something is. I am back playing tennis as well as just trying to work through the pain. Back on steroids which after the brutal flare last week (the worst in 7 months I think) I am gladly taking. Still flaring a bit but determined to manage with the lowest dose of prednisone possible. 5mg. From 30mg last week I am down to half. Here's hoping. This is truly a very frustrating disease.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day 4......No Prednisone. Well....except the one in my knee.

I was hoping to hit the 4 week mark being on Methotrexate before stopping the prednisone completely but I missed it by a day. I just forgot to take it but I guess you are starting to feel really good if you forget to take the pill right? I was down to 5 mg for the last four days. This is the longest I've had success since the fall, so about 3 months. The real test will be tennis on Thursday but I still plan on playing. I did have to get injections today for the osteo arthritis. The left gets syn visc for pretty severe deterioration. That is also linked to gluten intolerance. Imagine that. I have been very strict about not getting "glutened" voluntarily or involuntarily. Hopefully this is it and the meds have kicked in. I have a increase in random pain in the arms and hands but not flares....yay!