I had my check-up, with my rheumatologist Dr. A, this afternoon. We've added small joint arthritis and neuropathic pain involvements with my Sjogren's Syndrome.
My doctor took nine vials of blood today. Baby girl held my hand and crooned to me the whole time she voraciously watched the nurse taking the aforementioned blood. In addition to checking my ANA counts, and several other things, Dr. A is also testing me for Rheumatoid arthritis.
I had two more additional medicines added on to my daily list today. One for the arthritis and a separate one for the neuropathic pain. That brings my total to ten medications, thirteen doses, with a possibility of taking sixteen doses in a days time. If that makes sense?
After doing some research on the new drugs. Which I shouldn't do. I know this. I always end up freaking myself out! So, despite knowing what I do, I looked up possible side effects. One of the medications brings with it a possibility for stomach ulcers. (Especially since this I am on two antibiotics on a daily basis.) And under the list of possible side effects for the other drug are dizzyness, possible memory loss, and alerations in moods and personality. (Another words, there's a chance I may develop suicidal thoughts or tendancies.) Yikes! I will have to see if these medications work well enough for me to overlook the possible side effects!
So, all in all the visit wasn't the greatest appointment I've had. But.... it could have been sooo much worse!