Friday, April 25, 2014

Folic Acid, B-Complex -- A MUST

When I hear anemia, I immediately think of the need for iron in my blood. However, after the past few days, I have learned differently.

My rheum has always told me to take my Folic Acid because it will help with the side effects of MTX like upset stomach & hair loss. Never did I realize until I did research that it also helps with the reproduction of red blood cells. 

With MTX & Orencia on my medicine list every week, my RBC count is always on the low side. I never realized that this can cause anemia, because there is less O2 in my blood stream.

I was having breathing problems because my heart was on overdrive. I felt completely horrible. I thought I was having a heart attack, in all honesty. 

Between research, talking to a nurse & my doc, I figured out what was behind the problems. So, I took a B-Complex vitamin & Folic Acid. After 4 hours, my blood pressure began to return to normal, as did my pulse. Even the headache disappeared. 

So, something I thought was really not "important" turned out to be VERY important. PLEASES, if you are reading this and decide to not take vitamins, think again. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Can I please schedule pain/inflammation??

It would be SO cool if we could schedule our pain and inflammation day(s) to jive with our schedules. 

After having wonderful labs a couple of weeks ago, I went into a massive flare. I know there is the joke/saying, "I don't have time for that." However, for me, it ISN'T a joke. I was supposed to help with district track meets this week in the concession stands. I couldn't do it, because there was so much pain, all over, and it just wouldn't go away.

I have been bordering on calling my rheum and begging for some sort of pain killer. I want to cry, but it will do no good at all. MTX and Oriencia are taking a long time to kick into my system. Hopefully, with this Friday's dose, it will kick in faster.

Between last week's storm and the wonky barometric pressure, it's crazy. It is EVERY joint. Neck, jaw, shoulders, elbows, entire wrist & hands, ribs, sternum, I really don't need to keep listing. 

I have so many things that need to be done in the house. Sort & start laundry, clean the living room, finish moving my "office" back upstairs to the _real_ office. But without relief in energy & pain, those things are a little hard to accomplish.

Today, I took my daughter to get her blood tested. Something I probably should have had done to myself ages ago. She has so many of the symptoms. We should know SOMETHING in the next few days.