Quoting ♥KRJ + Me♥:" I was diagnosed in November, and sent the paperwork to the Rheumatologist. The closest appointment they ... [snip!] ... so if you message me, it will probably be a few days until I can actually respond. By the way, my name is Alicia. "
Hi Alicia! I'm Kristel.
It's nice to meet you, considering the circumstances....
I was diagnosed in February and it's kinda ironic because my mom was diagnosed not even a month before me.
I'm still awaiting the rheumy appointment too. The last one my dr wanted to send me to was over 4 hours away; there was NO way I would travel that far with my son, especially just he and I! lol
I already had Osteoarthritis, DDD (degenerative disc disease), spinal stenosis, bulging discs and ligament and facet join problems with my back. After the MRI confirmed all this, I started having more problems so my dr did blood work and and I was RF positive, my ANA was elevated and my WBC count was very low, which is a complication of RA called Felty's syndrome.
I'm on pain medication but that's about it, no immunity drugs so far. She say if I didn't find a rheumy soon--I'm like you, I just got my insurance back and can now afford to see one--she's going to prescribe medication to up my WBC count. I'm interested to see what the rheumy does...
I PT you so hopefully we can encourage and keep up with each other's progress.
Good luck with your moving!