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Bad health in 2022 all relating to my rheumatoid arthritis body. I hate this but what can you do. When you have problems, you have to see the doctor. And then if he tells you to go to hospital, then that is what you have to do.
Most of the first three months of 2022, my bad health battles with multiple sinus infections. Only three weeks, one in February and two in March. I was infection free.
Hospital appointment, where I meet with my rheumatologist doctor, pleased with my levels. Staying on my Rinvoq medication. But I do still have problems with my ankle and lower leg. Now waiting for a scan to see if inflammation or it is a Achilles heel tendon problem.
Another autoimmune I have is vitiligo. This is caused by the lack of a pigment called melanin in the skin. Melanin is produced by skin cells called melanocytes, and it gives your skin its colour. In vitiligo, there are not enough working melanocytes to produce enough melanin in your skin. This causes white patches to develop on your skin or hair. I have developed white patches on both hands.
Changed my hrt due to a dangerously high blood pressure review not happy but what can you do.
Bad health flared up with stomach problems, painful every day under my belly button. Finally went to see the GP in August. Had a blood test, and the results came in one later afternoon. As soon as I saw them, I am able to read and understand them well. I knew that I was going to be referred to the hospital. I had the gynecologic cancer question again, I had a pelvic examination and ultrasound scan. Thankful that I got answers within two weeks. I was fast track under the cancer question. Nothing bad was found and had to wait three more weeks to get back to the doctor.
In late September, back at the doctors again, now doing stool samples, and then referred to Gastroenterology team at my local hospital. I meet a consultant hepatologist. We had a long chat about what the problems could be. My chronic bowel episodes, could just be bowel things that are normal. I said it had never happen before. He was pleased that I tested myself to see if my drink had upset my stomach and I knew that it had. The doctor also said that my new HRT could be a problem, that it quite common. And booked me in for a endoscopy the following month.
This took place in early November, but what I did not know was that you have to prepare your bowels and colon. First you go on a restrictive diet for three days. This had a bad effect on my food. My diet is pretty bland, but it did work well by taking out a lot of what I eat on a daily basis. Then the day before you take senna tablets, which are a medication used to treat constipation and empty the large intestine before surgery. This were foul to take, and I had to take ten of them. I followed all the instructions and that even, my bowels were pretty empty. Then I had to start on the Klean-Prep sachet. This was even worse, and my stomach threw this up each time I tried. I called the hospital to tell them that this was not working and could not get through to anyone.
The next morning I was at the hospital at 8.00am and a horrible sleep of four hours. I meet my doctor who was doing my endoscopy. He was disappointed that the klean prep had failed but we did the procedure anyway with me awake on gas and air. I would suggest that you get knocked out, it was very painful and I do not want to do this again. Once finished, he said he wanted to do it again, he could rule out anything major but could not rule out anything minor and it also could be another auto immune condition. But I forgot to ask what auto immune condition it could be. I agreed to try again in two weeks time.
This was the bed that I used, I did not have sedation, so I could get up and eat something as soon as I was finished. Behind the curtain was another patient who was under sedation. I got out much earlier than them.
This next time, I got posted the same restrictive diet and a new drug to take called Picolax. Again I had problems, on the first sachet, I drunk a pint but my stomach said no to anymore and again it threw a lot up. And again with the next sachet. I went to the hospital the next day and told the staff this problem. Meet a new doctor who offered a scan. Which has not taken place yet.
I think my rheumatoid body is responsible for my bad health this year. Parts of my immune system are shut off due to the jak medication. That means my body can not fight off infections that are bad for me.