It seems that every day brings about a bevy of appointments or medical related task keeping me busy as a beaver. The past month has been a whirlwind of medical related activities sandwiched around the holidays. Here’s a list from my calendar.
- Office visit with rheumatologist.
- Phone calls from the speciality pharmacy and doctor’s office in order to process a new prescription for Kineret – my new RA drug (last RA drug to try).
- Routine office visit with primary care doctor.
- Office visit with pulmonologist.
- Sputum lung test at lab.
- Bronchoscopy at the hospital to check lungs for RA involvement and/or infection.
- Multiple office visits with two different orthopedic surgeons.
- X-ray of the left hip and lower back.
- Physical therapy on left hip twice a week.
- Steroid injection into left hip trochanter bursa.
- Ultrasound guided steroid injection into the left hip socket.
- Steroid injection into the right acromioclavicular (AC) joint.
- MRI of the right shoulder (see below).
- Scheduling of shoulder surgery.
- Various blood tests.
- Visit to dentist for regular cleaning plus an x-ray of inflamed left jaw.
- Multiple phone conversations and paperwork with Human Resources department and insurance company for processing long term medical leave and disability.
- Paying multiple medical bills online and via mail.
- Submitting reimbursement claims for out of network providers.
I’ve been very busy but being off work right now has been a blessing and given me some much needed rest and time to complete these tasks.
A bit of good news…ChronicPainDisorders.com named my blog as one the best RA blogs for 2016! I’m honored to be included with such great company.