… rheumatoid arthritis (RA). If you’ve read my earlier post, you’ll know that I was waiting for test results to find out why my ANA level (potential marker for an autoimmune disorder) was so high, with the particular test looking for rheumatoid. Although trying to find the actual answer will have to wait until I can see a rheumatologist, I can now say with certainty that RA has not infiltrated my body. (Lol. just had to use the pun at least once!)
On the other hand (or leg), I tried to get more tests to see what is wrong with my left knee, only to be told that because of the extent of the osteoarthritis there, no further testing would be done. Strange, as when I last spoke to the doctor he just said, “There’s arthritis in your knees,” before quickly moving on to other matters, to my mind implying it was mild. But now he tells me I actually have moderately severe arthritis in my left knee, in addition to the severe arthritis in my right hip. (I wonder what he’ll tell me next time?)
In any case, taking my health into my own hands, I’ve asked for a referral to OASIS (Osteoarthritis Service Integration System), which does assessment and education to help people self-manage their OA. And it may help me make a decision as to surgery. (Thanks, everyone, for sharing your thoughts about this in the comments of the previous post.)
Funny, though, I’m actually walking pretty well this week. I’m not sure what makes the difference. Good thing, too, as my husband somehow twisted his knee working out, and someone has to do the grocery shopping! Can’t both be out of commission at the same time.
I’m also really pleased that I’ve lost almost four pounds in the two weeks that I’ve been trying to choose low glycemic foods and cut out the wheat, potato, and sugar based products. Hopefully I can ward off diabetes and also take some of the strain off my joints. Regardless, I actually feel a lot better.
We are having lovely spring weather here. I found an outdoor patio and sat and drank a coffee. (Indoor dining is shut down again, but outdoor is allowed.) I had today off and in my travels I noticed that a lot of the cherry blossoms are out and snapped a few pictures. Amazing how a leisurely spring day can lift one’s spirits!