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Ribs dislocated.

I saw the chiropractor Wednesday and the adjustment was painful. He said the ribs were out pretty badly and the adjustment might not hold. By that PM I was pretty sure they hadn’t. Thursday I took two Alleve and made it to my sons concert and was even able to get through my dance class in the evening. My hopes were that the adjustment was just so hard on my body that I was still in a lot of pain from that. This morning my body insists I stop lying to myself. The pain is intense. I will make an appointment as soon as its a decent hour. In better news my now 6 day migraine much milder in intensity
. Even with the ribs my health seems finally on a little upswing.

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Where did my daily health post go…

I was planning on posting daily and I did pretty good for a while…meaning maybe several times a week.  But its been months I think since I posted my last heath update. 

Part of that is because I had a rough time emotionally when I lost the gallery, but the great thing was my health stayed pretty decent through that time.  Second reason is that I have been too busy to blog.  But busy means I am feeling good enough to be busy.

I am doing infusions every 6 weeks instead of every eight, and really starting to feel the arthritis about week 5 so that seems like a good schedule for me.  Plus I have been keeping busy teaching art class to kids and adults, doing art shows, and even an occasional road trip or vacation.  I have been able to join friends for lunch, make dinners for my family and amazingly I have begun dancing.

Yes, dancing.  I have been taking 2-4 latin dance lessons every week and sometimes even a little social dancing.  My doctors are thrilled.  Not only is dancing helping to ward off the effects of the arthritis, but it is also helping with my weight problem, my mental health, my heart, and my attitude.  The down side is my feet ache 100% of the time.  And often after class I limp for quite a while, but I would do that anyways.

I am hurting now pretty much 24 hours a day, but I think a lot of that is lack of regular massage that I was getting before.  and somehow this ache while being active is much easier than the ache while in bed.

Today I had trouble sleeping, bad acid reflux, husband with a bad cough, and a couple of dislocated ribs being very angry.  But I also had a very busy day yesterday, drove an hour and a half to see a friend for lunch, then made it to another friends art reception, and still made it to my dance class.  Yes, I am in lots of pain, but really staying in bed has never made my pain go away, so I won’t do it until the day that I have to.  (Which happens about every third Monday).  Some people have bad hair, bad relationships, hunger, I just have to deal with pain.  I can do this.  I can keep creating a life I love and being the person I was meant to be.

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Daily Health Journal- Oct. 31

Well I won’t be able to call this a daily health journal if I don’t start writing in it more.  Just by the time I get done with running my errands and taking care of my responsibilities I go to lay down and once I lay down for the evening I don’t move again until morning.

It’s 3 am and I am up with acid reflux.  I don’t know how someone with acid reflux as bad is mine forgets they can’t eat pizza, but I ate it.  I suppose its better than being up with a migraine or other pain.

Monday I had Steve Ito work on my shoulder again and it hasn’t bothered me since.  He also worked on my migraines again and my morning migraine wasn’t  there when I woke on Tuesday.

I also saw Dr. Le about the Remicade and Psoriatic Arthritis on Monday.  I was hesitant to have the Remicade every 6 weeks instead of 8 but the pain does come rushing back after just a couple of weeks and I want to get the most benefit I can from the Remicade so I am following his advice and getting the infusions every 6 weeks instead of 8.  Its a hassle since I can’t drive myself and its so far away.  It means someone’s whole day is taken just driving me there and back and waiting for me while I have the infusion. Dr. Le told me about a law called the Family Leave Act, where an employer must give a family member time off to get necessary care.  My husband does get family medical leave but its really good to know about this law and I am sure it can help others if I don’t need it.  Basically a doctor would just need to fill out forms that any HR department would have.  Still I know I am out of service for a couple of days after the Remicade, and that I am asking someone else to take a whole day for me, made me hesitant about agreeing to the more frequent infusion.  But it really does seem to be working, and I so much want to live a normal pain free life.

I have read that the Remicade is a chemotherapy, and I know its not as brutal as cancer chemo, but it was still a little shock to see it in writing on some paperwork the office gave me.  I guess if it works they can call it whatever they like.

Some wonderful news is a friend is going to be sharing a little art studio/gallery space with me.  It’s going to be something that will work around my illness, we will but a heater in, and a sofa with lots of little throw blankets so I can be comfortable when there.  It will also have tons of flexibility so I won’t need to go in at all on bad days.

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Daily Health Journal- Oct. 4th

Yesterday I felt fairly good, I wen’t and got a massage mid day, but after I felt just icky, migrainey, tired and sick.  I noticed my shoulders were pretty swollen again.  I don’t know what causes this, but the first time it happened was shortly before my Remicade infusion, so it isn’t the Remicade.

I felt one little rib dislocate yesterday morning but I think the massage exasperated my whole rib cage.  Its hard to breathe or move and the pain is going through my whole torso.  Today would be a day I would take morphine and go to bed, if either one of those things was an option.  As a rule I try to avoid opiates if possible as there have been drug problems in my family.  I also promised to help my grandmother with her estate sale today, so I can’t be in bed.

My dear grandmother, though, isn’t feeling well this morning and thinks she is having a small stroke, so she and my dad have gone to the emergency room, to make sure she is ok.  That means I am handling the estate sale alone, which is alright.  I just hope I can keep a smile on my face through the pain and make everyone feel welcome.  As long as grandma will be alright, everything will be alright.  Smiling to myself as that feels like one of the main mantras I live by.

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Slipping Rib Syndrome- treatments?

There is so little info out there about slipping rib syndrome.  As far as I know I have gone through the main treatment for it out there, Prolotherapy, where dozens of little saline injections are placed into the damaged joint, causing inflamation, which causes the body to focus on healing and rebuilding in this area.  This really worked great for me.  The problem is it worked to a limited degree.   They won’t do the proceedure if you aren’t in pain at the time of the proceedure, and I had to make my appointments a month in advance.  That worked wonderfully for me until prolotherapy actually started working.   Then I would head out to my appointment two hours before and have no idea if I would be in pain by the time I got there.  More than once I was turned away when I got there because I wasn’t in pain at the moment.  I would say I am probably about 50% better, maybe being a little less generous than I should be, because I am in pain right now.

I go see a chiropractor (two actually) on a regular basis, but it would be impossible for me to go see one often enough to remain pain free from the dislocated ribs.  I would love to have a chiropractic membership, like people have massage memberships or gym memberships, where I could just pay a flat monthly fee and just go as often as needed.   I don’t know if such a thing exists but if it did it would probably not be in my price range.  My insurance company will cover three visits a year.  Ideally I would get three a week.  Financially I am limited to one a month, two if I simply can’t stand the pain.

Slipping Rib Syndrome is basically an injury to the connective tissue, caused by trama to the area.  The ribs slip out of joint fairly easily, and its common to have three ribs or more dislocated at one time.  It hurts to move, stetch, sit still, lay down, eat, breathe.  Right now my ribs have been dislocated for about 10 days and it hurts so badly I can’t sleep.  For me, it was caused by a misdiagnosed life time chronic cough.  It got very severe after having my son and I was treated for asthma for about 5 years while the cough just got worse.  Turns out it was acid reflux, probably exasperated by my new diet and a sudden senditary lifestyle.  The cough was so extreme I was embarrassed togo out, and it was increased by physical activity so I got even more sendiatry.  The pain in my chest from the ribs dislocating was misdiagnoised as fibromyalgia, an easy diagnoises since I had other autoimmune symptoms and had not yet been diagnoised with the psoriatic arthritis.

I have tried glucosamine drinks and plenty of “miracle” drink cures, but I am open to other ideas.  Maybe there are no other treatments, but in my quest for total health in my fight against the psoriatic arthritis, I would be remise if I didn’t try to fix all of the issues causing me health problems.

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Daily Health Journal-9/30

I was able to help my grandmother three days in a row.  I have found if I am not in too much pain three cups of coffee spread through the day will give me just enough energy.  Its a temporary solution I know.  The coffee and caffiene will wreck havok on my acid reflux, cause a chronic cough, and exasperate my slipping rib syndrome.

My ribs were bothering me yesterday but not as severely as the day prior.  I woke with a migraine today but I had gone a whole week without one, so I would feel ungrateful to complain.  My psoriatic arthritis pain hasn’t been bad at all, so I am hopeful that the Remicade is working.  The nurse did say some people see results in as little as six weeks and thats where I am.  So far I haven’t noticed any side effects, such as hair loss or infection; only rather extreme fatigue for a few days after the injection.

Took some off brand migraine asprin as excedrine migraine is still off the market.  Hopefully it will also take the edge off of the rib pain.

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Daily Health Journal-Sept. 28, 2012

Well its been an awesome week health wise.  Nearly a week with very little migraine.  My muscle and joint aches have been far less severe, and my energy level has been up.  I have been helping my grandmother hold an estate sale so I have been having three caffeine drinks a day to be able to make it through the day, but I have been able to.  Still tired by mid evening, but its certainly better than by mid afternoon, or even mid morning.

The worst thing has been the dislocated ribs from the slipping rib syndrome.  I wish I had a monthly chiropractic membership so I could go as often as needed.  I often go a week or two, sometimes longer in rather dibilitation pain, because I simply can’t afford to go to a chiropractor more than a couple of times a month.  Still a couple Aleve and I have been able to get through my responisiblites.  I did have to cancel three shows this weekend, because I know I just don’t have the energy or health to do the shows and the estate sale.  Someday maybe.  If not, its ok.  I think I could live just fine being in just a moderate amount of pain.  The rib pain gets worse at night, when my body is tired and the meds wear off.  I also am sure wearing bras make it worse.    It’s nearly 10 pm now and my breathing is short and shallow because my chest hurts so much with every breath. They have been out for a week now, so I don’t know how much longer I will be able to stand them out.  I already gone to the chiropractor three times this month so I am waiting until we can  afford it.  Its so hard to spend so much money on it as I know its always such a temporary fix.  Still its been a relatively excellent week.  Remicade infusion is next Tuesday.

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