I went to see my primary care doctor today. It was a follow up from when I went to the emergency room with the heart palpitations and from when I saw him with the tendon pain in my legs.
I had a long list of things that are bothering me. He wanted to hear the list when I got there. I told him that my elbow still hurts, my shoulder hurts, my hands hurt, my chest is tight and it is hard to breathe sometimes, I can't sleep from the pain. He immediately said he is worried that my RA is going crazy and he wants me to get on some more aggressive medication. I am happy about this because since I have been off the Enbrel, I have felt that my RA has gotten worse. The Enbrel stopped the progression, that is what it does. I have not taken Enbrel for one year and for the last 6 months I have been getting progressively worse. Today I told my doctor that I feel like I am falling apart. So many parts of my body are in pain, I just feel old and like I am falling apart. The hardest part is that I am out of breath going up a flight of stairs which means I could get interstitial lung disease. This can turn bad. I could also have costochondritis (inflammation of the chest and rib cage) although it doesn't feel like it.
I also have a weird rash on my legs and a spot that I need to get checked by a dermatologist.
I am just a mess. The doctor said I need to make an appointment with the RA doctor immediately. I went to get blood tests done this afternoon. I am also getting a heart monitor to wear for a week or two to see how my heart is doing after the emergency room visit.
I am sure everything will be okay. I believe in being proactive and checking things before they become a big problem. Maybe getting on a new medication will make me feel better and not so tired all the time. Next week will give me answers.