My week ends with a trip to my rheumatologist to discuss progress or lack of progress in treating my rheumatoid and getting it under control. I have had two other appointments with her. The first one was 'we really do not think you have RA but will figure it out and get it under control.' The second visit was 'even though I didn't think so, you do have RA and fibromyalgia so let's start treating it'.
Now it is time for the progress update and we can talk about medication allergies, disease progression, treatment lack of progress, fear of needles, pain levels, physical limitations, and all sorts of fun things that I am not sure I know that much about.
I do know some about fibromyalgia and some about RA. I do not expect to have to be able to distinguish between which pain is which - some of it is obvious, some not. But I do need to be able to understand what is disease progress and what is treatment progress. I need some education.
I used to always be good about studying ahead but now I will start cramming. Good thing there is a convenient snow storm which should keep me home tomorrow and give me the time to learn something.