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A Long Week Featuring the ER and GI Specialist

On Sunday my stomach pain started to get worse than it had been, and continued to worsen until finally on Monday it was more than I could handle. My RA went to get some EMTs but instead found police. The police wanted my to take an ambulance to the ER but I was not going for that, because there is a fine for the ambulance because it is assumed you are drunk. The police kept insisting I may have appendicitis and my appendix may burst, I tried to explain my pain had already been diagnosed by a doctor and it was not in fact appendicitis. They finally made me sign a release saying I refused to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

Next my RA hailed a taxi and we took that to the University Hospital. I was admitted as soon as we got there. And was treated to gastritis of course (and not even checked to appendicitis). First I was given Zofran, which help with my nausea but not pain. A while later I was a GI cocktail, which was bubble gum colored and tasted rather vile. The GI cocktail w…

When You Just Can't Push Through

No one will ever be harder on yourself than you are.

When I was diagnosed with AMPS a couple months ago I was told I needed to push through the pain. This idea was reaffirmed when I went to see the PT and OT at CHOP. This is what I have been doing. I have not missed a single class because of my health yet this year. Besides for when the Mobic did not work I have not gotten to the point where I have called my Rheumy. I have not missed a commitment or scheduled event.

I am proud of all these things but at some point the pain started getting even worse this week, something had to give. I did everything I normally do plus put some of the anti-inflammatory fancy cream on a few joints. It is homecoming weekend, I was going to push pass this flare, I had to push passed it. Two weeks ago I had decided I was going to go out this weekend, yet here I am writing this blog post instead (not that I don't enjoy blogging but...).

The past couple of mornings haven't been pretty. I have had to …

The Perfect Fit

A couple months ago I did a post about self image and chronic illness and here is my long promised post about clothing and chronic illness.

Shopping, as it is for most girls, used to be my favorite activity, but somewhere along my journey of medical problems I came to despise it. Braces would make it hard to try things on and I have constant restrictions on what types of shoes I can and cannot wear. On top of that I have to think about what will accommodate my joints, should they decide to swell. Clothing is complicated!

Here are some tips that make clothing easier (at least for me and I hope you too!)

Yoga Pants, these things are my savior, they are very forgiving for muscle mass changes and joint swelling. I probably wear yoga pants. Another bonus about yoga pants is they are easy to put on.

Jeans, these tend to be a no go, although I have found ways to wear them more recently. 1st I have let go of the whole skinny jeans trend. When I buy jeans I make sure they are stretchier and a bi…

3 Months Post-op to Gastritis and New Meds, and Everything in the Middle

I have been so bad about updating this blog!

Mobic did not go well, I only last about two weeks on it, then I switched to Celebrex. Celebrex is supposed to be the easiest on the stomach of all NSAIDs, well cause I am me that is not how it worked out.

About a week or two into taking Celebrex my stomach pain got a lot worse, I actually thought I had an ulcer. It was not fun at all. So I went to student health services and had to see a nurse before I could get a doctor's appointment. Right away it was agreed on I needed to see a doctor as soon as possible, but the next available appointment was not till the next day. When I did see the doctor he was really great and prescribed Protonix to replace Prevacid, but did say if I have anymore stomach issues I need to see a GI specialist which I would like to avoid. He also confirmed that it was probably gastritis and not an ulcer but went over all the signs to look for. The doctor also said he would try to do some reading on NSAID induced g…