If there’s one thing I’ve learned since being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis it’s that I’m still learning.
There’s always something new to figure out. Lately I’ve been feeling pretty good. My pain is manageable (although nonexistent would be better), I’ve been able to workout hard, and I have been fairly healthy otherwise which is great considering I’m on immune suppressing drugs.
So what’s new? The last few weeks there’s strange things happening with my feet. My toes are either numb or they feel like they’re dislocated. I’ve read about both and they can occur with RA. Who knew?
Now for about a week I’ve been holding fluid in my feet and ankles. When it started I chalked it up to stress and being on my feet more than normal.
I gave it a week before emailing my doctor. She said it could be a side effect from the meds. So I have to stop taking my Xeljanz for a week and see what happens.
I’ve also read where RA can cause edema also so I guess we’re just trying to rule out the meds being the issue.
I admit I’m a little worried about how I’ll feel without the meds since they worked so quickly when I started them I worry if they will stop working as fast.
I guess we’ll see.
On a positive note I’m eating a ketogenic diet to see if it helps with pain and inflammation. I’ve not been on it long enough to know if it will help, but I’m hopeful.
And I just finished a 12 week workout program that was pretty intense. I was able to do most every exercise without modifying it and I feel good about that.
I am still learning. Every day is something new.
Love on each other and make every day count!