Sorry for being gone from this blog in a while but rheumatoid arthritis has a way of causing one to focus energies on life’s necessities like work, family, and trying to get healthy. One thing I’ve learned with a chronic illness like RA is that there is never a dull moment. Some new surprise always lurks around the next bend.
I’ve been battling chronic sinus problems for months. I’ve been on three increasingly stronger antibiotics and other treatments including prednisone, decongestants, etc. All to no avail. I am now scheduled for an endoscopic sinus surgery where an ear, nose, and throat doc (ENT) will clean out my sinuses, increase drainage, and correct a deviated septum. This is not something I look forward to but the potential relief motivates me to go through with it.
In conversations with both my rheumatologist and ENT doc, they agree that the cause of the chronic sinusitis is a combination of anatomical issues causing a lack of drainage and the immunosuppression of the RA drugs. Both are convinced that things will be better after the “rotor rooter” procedure as my rheumatologist affectionately calls it. She also said that the standard is to keep patients on RA drugs even during such treatments and surgical procedures. She does not want a break in RA treatment as it’s too hard to catch up. She said it’s now rare to pull people off of biological RA treatments unless there’s a serious side effect. Both docs have great hope that things will be better after the procedure.
Sorry for the long absence from the blog but my energies have been elsewhere. I’ll post updates on the upcoming surgery and it’s outcomes.