Biologics

On my next visit to my rheumy I’m suppose to have chosen a biologic to start on: Enbrel, Humira or Simponi. From the little bit of research I’ve done, including talking to some people who are/have been on each of these, I think I might start with Humira. Of course, this is subject to change at any time. I’m really dragging my feet over this one. I don’t know if I want to start on a biologic at all! My current list of medications includes:

Methotrexate, Leflunomide, Meloxicam, Adalat, Nexium, Synthroid, Cyclobenzaprine, Folic Acid, and lots of supplements – B12, Magnesium, D3 etc.

My doctor says that the inflammation in my body has not gone down enough. My ESR is usually in the 50’s or 60’s and normal is 2-30. I know that I’m in pain most days and my mobility has become very restricted but if those were to go away, what is the cost? I’m most worried about getting some sort of infection and not being able to fight it. I’d be interested to hear from people in the same boat or perhaps already on a biologic (not necessarily one of these 3).

Yoga class

”Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured” — B.K.S. Iyengar, founder of Iyengar Yoga, and considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world.

YogaI went to my first yoga class in ages this morning. I have to say that it felt good. The class was advertised as:

A gentle yoga practice for those who have persistent health concerns such as chronic pain, arthritis, depression, MS or are recovering from illness or injury.

“Hey, I fit the bill perfectly!”

There were 2 choices, a chair class or a mat class – I chose the mat class thinking it would be more ‘yoga like’. My main concerns were flexibility of my joints and the fact that my hands and wrists don’t bend very much and I can’t support myself on them. Both of my worries quickly dissipated as I realized there were props and adaptations for everything.

Today we worked from our feet to knees; we will move up the body each class. It feels so good to move my body in that way and not have people look strangly at you because of how you look or move. I remember one yoga class I tried (gentle restorative), and I was rolling around on the floor trying to propel myself enough to get up! It’s amazing what you can’t do without the use of your hands and wrists, until you learn to adapt. Anyways, the other students were just looking at me like I had pooped my pants until the instructor came over and I explained my problem. Needless to say, I have been hesitant to join another yoga group. I really felt I would get so much more out of a class designed for people with limitations and then I found this one! Oh, and guess what? Not one person was wearing yoga pants on top of their thong! I did not see one floss-wedged crack!

The benefits of exercise, especially for those of us with limited mobility, chronic pain etc far outweigh the drawbacks. I would encourage anyone who is not doing something to keep looking until you find something that fits for you. I feel better today and know that I will feel ‘betterer and betterer’ with each class.

– Namaste

Lift Me Up

If you’ve never heard, “Lift Me Up” by Christina Aguilera, I think it’s worth a listen. 

Lift chairI’m in LOVE with my lift chair. I spend anywhere from 2-10 hours in it a day so it’s probably good I’m so fond of it! I couldn’t have afforded this chair without the help of family and friends – B&T, mom, D – thank you so much, I LOVE you guys!!
So this is a new lift chair I just got this month. I had a used chair before that I used for about 2 years. It was okay but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. It was a ‘petite’ chair so my lower legs and ankles hung over the end. At the beginning this was fine but as my ankle joints became worse, the weight of them hanging over the footrest was unbearable. It only had a single motor; meaning that when the footrest came up, the back went down. They moved together.
My new chair, which I’ve named Blue, is a large model with a footrest extension. Blue is also a dual motored beauty, meaning that the back and the footrest can move independently of each other! Makes a huge difference! Blue has 4 preprogrammed positions: zero gravity, TV, sit and sleep. AND … I can program my own favoured positions as well! Voice recognition is just around the corner!!  “”Blue, I think it’s nap time”, “Blue, Coronation Street is on!”, “Blue, hurry up! I have to go to the bathroom!!” Hahahahaha.

Unproductive Weekend

I felt shitty all weekend; worse than usual. Most of my joints were sore at some point, sometimes all at once. I seem to be having more troubling swallowing, a common symptom of Scleroderma. If it gets much worse I guess I’ll have to go for another Gastro endoscopy! Yuck!! My eyes have also been very dry, thank God for eye drops! I should buy shares in one of the companies! I had my Methotrexate shot (25mg) on Sunday evening so it’s common for me to feel crappy for a few days. Wednesdays (sometimes lasts until Thursday) tend to be my best days and then it starts to go downhill again. One big, happy cycle.   Thank God for my lift chair! I am in love with this chair. Will write about my lift chair very soon!

My inaugural post!

Finally got this damn thing up and running! Took me awhile but I suppose that’s to be expected if one is not tech savvy (and brain foggy). Welcome to any and all that may pass by this blog. My hope is to share some of my trials and tribulations with others who may also be living with an autoimmune disease. Please feel free to comment on any part of this blog – good and bad!