I've been fortunate to be the moderator here for over two years since the community first started. I want to thank everyone for allowing me to share your stories and lend support upon occasion. I have enjoyed every moment.
Your new moderator, Lainey, will be taking over on Monday, April 10th. I know you'll really enjoy having her here, and I hope you'll make her feel welcome.
Hello and welcome! I am sorry to hear about the pain in your right foot. Has your rheumatologist offered physical therapy to you? Has he or she discussed how long you'll be on prednisone and what the long-range plan is?
I know you've already received a lot of great support, but I thought I'd give you a link to a guide of RA Medications . I believe Humira has been on the market since 2003, but your doctor can confim that. If you're concerned about any potential side effects, please have an open discussion with your doctor and/or pharmacist.
Hello! First of all, your rheumatologist will be able to reassure you that much progress has been made in recent years in treating RA, so you may not have any of the problems your mother experienced with her treatment. I think you may like to take a look at these RAtv Videos . They're short and interesting, and address all kinds of RA issues, as well as interviews with real folks who have RA.
I have some articles for you that I think may help based upon what you have mentioned. I suggest looking through them a little at a time, so you have a chance to digest it.
Thanks for the update! I'm sorry you parted ways with your unhelpful doctor earlier than anticipated and you're having some fatigue and pain.
Have you tried calling your new rheumatologist's office and see if they have a waiting list? Some of my doctors have waiting lists, so when a patient cancels, they call people on the waiting list and get them in sooner.
Can you see your primary care doctor for some help until your May appointment?
Hello and welcome! I am sorry to hear of your problems. I had a friend who had a finger ulcer and saw a hand specialist to deal with it. Perhaps that would be an option for you? I would definitely encourage you to get a second opinion since you're concerned.
Hopefully some of our other members can share their experiences with you.
Being diabetic, a Preconception Exam and discussion with your doctor may be a good idea. After a year of trying, many women also consider consulting with a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) or fertility specialist.
"U.S. News & World Report has released its list of the best hospitals in 52 U.S. cities on the heels of Thomson Reuters' "100 Top Hospitals" list." Follow the link to learn more about Dueling 'Best Hospital' Ratings .
You can see the list for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Philadelphia. You can also see which states are in the top 20% and the bottom 20%.
Is there a hospital that you feel gave you good treatment you'd like to mention here? While sharing your experiences, please remember not to mention any specific doctor names.