Note to self: whenever possible, get Rheum appointments *early* in the day, my doc is much happier in the mornings!
So, I have chronicled here my (sometimes more than) slightly bumpy relationship with my rheumatologist. There have been missed and mis-communications and rushed appointments. This week I could only get a midday appointment, and it made all the difference in the world! He was much less rushed and more chatty. He started out by saying he did NOT want to increase my MTX dose yet, told me to STOP focusing on my weight and just keep up the exercise and that weight will follow, and recommended acupuncture in addition to massage.
If this is bizzarro-world, I like it!
He is also reviewing a clinical trial coming up in January that I may qualify for. I don’t know anything about it yet, so I’ll wait for more info. He also recommended an online source I have been poking around. Overall, it was the most positive appointment we’ve had. He gave me some info on better managing my next flare, and we’re going to try a different muscle relaxant to handle the muscle spasms/cramps.
I am always the first to admit when I am wrong, and I do not think that I was wrong to be upset by some of the issues we’ve had, but I am very happy to learn that this isn’t a constant pattern. Sadly, later appointments are still better for me (unless I take a half day off from work) so I won’t have this opportunity very often, but it makes me feel better about our relationship.
All that, and I am exactly the same as I was six weeks ago (actually, slightly worse), despite my determination to show improvement. Today is especially stiff and achy, but I feel less stressed about it- having a doctor who backs me up makes a HUGE difference in my attitude. I’ve received a lot of good advice lately, I just need to practice applying it. I’m working on my new mantra:
Small steps. Enjoy the good times. Focus on today. It’s okay to whine, then stop.
Any suggestions on other phrases I should add?
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