I called the doctor and asked if I could take something over the counter for a stiff neck along with the sulfasalazine. She told me she wanted to see me sooner than December 7th. She informed me that my blood work came back and I had a lot of inflammation in my body. She changed the diagnosis from Ankylosing Spondylitis to strictly Psoriatic Arthritis. I’m still not clear on the differences, based on what I have read they are different presentations of the same disease. I made an appointment for Thursday the November 17th.
I went to my BVP meeting in Vienna, VA on Wednesday. After sitting in my car for 3 hours then a meeting for 7 1/2 hours and then the car again for another 2 1/2 hours to then sit and teach a lass for an hour. Fourteen hours sitting resulted in total discomfort Thursday morning. My hands, feet, legs, and particularly my knees were incredibly swollen.
The doctor wrote me an order for an MRI and more blood work in four weeks. She prescribed prednisone for 2 weeks on top of the daily sulfasalazine as well as weekly doses of Methotrexate. I was very taken back by the aggressive approach she wanted to take with a large amount of medication.
I went home and called around trying to get into another doctor for a second opinion but to no avail. I went back and forth between taking the meds and not but finally decided I was going to follow medical advice until I learned something concrete that would give me a different course of action.
Today I started the Prednisone and folic acid in the morning along with the sulfasalazine. My stomach was incredibly upset all day. I’m really dreading the Methotrexate this evening. Methotrexate is a chemotherapy drug with a lot of reported side effects.