New Doctor, Test and Referral

photo of tanya getting blood test

Photo Lloyd took during the blood tests after our visit with Mariko Ishimori

Last week I had my first visit with the new Rheumatologist Mariko Ishimori at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We discussed my medical history, current medications, she checked my joints and believes the Cimzia is working, it did not feel like it was working fully yet. We also discussed the muscle relaxers and I changed to doing two at night and one in the morning. This has helped improve sleeping through the night. We discussed my thyroid issues and she checked out my swollen lymph nodes and she has referred me to an Endocrinology doctor. After the visit we went across the hall for blood tests checking thyroid and Vitamin D again to see if the 2000 IU is working to bring my Vitamin D levels back up. Lloyd was able to take some photos during the visit at the doctors office and while I was having blood tests done. I will be going back for the results and see the Endocrinology doctor in about 2 weeks. I am not really looking forward to seeing another doctor.


2 Responses to New Doctor, Test and Referral

  • Jenn says:

    🙁 I know the feeling on not wanting to see another doctor. I tried to take a “vacation” from medical stuff and then my eyes got messed up. I have painful swelling in my fingers so I may need to bump up my next appointment.

  • Tanya Martin says:

    How did your eyes get messed up?

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Biotinidase Deficiency Not RA
Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in Dec 2003 because of joint pain and fatigue. Found out on July 19, 2013 that I really was profoundly low on Vitamin B7 because of a rare disease called Biotinidase Deficiency. When I found out I was very weak, hardly could get out of bed, could not turn my head without getting light headed, dragging my feet when I tried to walk, struggled to breath daily for years and was having many many other issues. From the first 24 hours of taking Biotin my symptoms started to disappear and my body started getting stronger again.
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