April 16, 2011 1 Comment
I had my second visit with my rheumatologist after having an MRI of my cervical spine and the prednisone taper. First of all may I just say having an MRI is AWFUL! I managed to get through it praying something like this:
Hail Mary Full of Grace, Glory be to the bang, bang, bang noise…….um….Glory be to (oh my heart is beating so fast), Glory be to …..who? Oh yeah Glory be to the father, son and (oh I need a drink of water so bad)Holy spirit, as it was …..bang, bang, bang, Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with thee, Blessed art though, bang, bang, gang…Our Father who art in Heaven, bang, bang, bang…yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil….wait that’s not right. Hail Mary Full of Grace…..Crash, bang, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the wings of the almighty, whoops that the 91st Psalms…..okay that’s it I am getting you out now. Seriously that is about how the entire MRI scan went!! I am proud of myself for not screaming to get me out at anytime during the entire process, but I did have a few close calls!
So the doctor (she is a she doctor) thinks I have a connective tissue autoimmune disease…we just don’t know which one yet. So I will be having more blood tests and was put on two additional meds and discontinuing one I am on. So I will let you in on a little secret on how to get a good night’s sleep, take 20 mg of amitriptyline and 5 mg of Valium. Yes that’s right she put me on Valium along with Plaquinel. Personally I think it is best not to read any of the drug literature that comes along with new prescriptions. I mean who in their right mind would take anything if they read all the possible side effects? I slept great!
I am having a small amount of pain and will keep my pain journal going another 4 weeks until I see her again and report how these meds are doing. My MRI showed 2 bulging discs, no wonder my neck was bothering me! I don’t know which is better, fibromyalgia or autoimmune disease? Which would I rather have….neither!
Oh well…. life goes on……
4 men in a kitchen (including Landon the dog, who is obviously hoping for some dropped treats).
This is my husband and son-in-law Christmas 2009. Eat your heart out ladies! HAHA.