I made it just three days into the new year before I saw my rheumatologist. It was a planned follow up appointment to the one that I had in September. When I saw my rheumatologist for my last six-month appointment, I had a lot of fluid accumulating in my knees. That and the aching in my knees were residual from my gluten binge.
My doctor had me follow up sooner so that we could be sure my symptoms were indeed still from my gluten binge.
I had very little to report when I went to my doctor today. I get some fluid on my knee after I walk on hard surfaces for a long period of time. My knee is absolutely fine when we go for a hike on the soft dirt. I also get a little pain when I walk up stairs.
We decided that if my knee got swollen more often or more randomly or if the pain became worse, I would give her a `call and she would get me in immediately to start Sulfasalazine. I’ve been on this drug in the past. I didn’t have any side effects from it. However, it also did not help me at all.
My doctor did some blood draws today to test a few different inflammatory markers. Both results came back well within the normal range.
Before she sent me on my way, my doc gave me some disappointing news. Her husband has finished up his fellowship training and they will be moving back to Alabama in the summer to be closer to her family. It’s quite disappointing because I feel like I have a very good relationship with her. She listens to me and knows that my disease course is not typical and that I would like to remain off of medication as long as possible.
I scheduled one more appointment with her before she leaves. At that time we’ll discuss who will take over my care. I may get transferred to another attending doctor or I may go back to seeing the fellows. I’ll be okay with either. My doctor told me that she was detailing my case very carefully.
I’m sad to see her go, but who can be mad about moving closer to family?