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Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare & New Year

It has been awhile since I updated so here we go. I switched from Arava to Methotrexate four weeks ago and I’m starting to feel much better now. I am not 100% but 80% is good! Looking forward to being able to carry my camera around and take some good photos :). Still taking Enbrel and B12 shots weekly. Currently enjoying not feeling like I was ran over by a truck.

The new year came and went by so fast! Since I was not feeling well, I did not get to do a post on my resolutions for this year. First, I decided I will go back to a notebook in my purse for my health log. Instead of trying to post what I’m dealing with or how I’m feeling in this blog daily, I will try to do a weekly post in my health log.

Secondly, I decided to start writing more about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). It was my intentions last year to have articles on this blog and not just a health log. Unfortunately, I was sick several months during last year, at both the beginning and the end of the year. Winters have always sucked for me. After I start feeling better, I end up spending most of my time catching up on everything that I need to do for my business, kids and home. I am still trying to catch up my photo blog, Geek Good Girl. Last year I started the Project 365 and because of not feeling well the last few months I have not finished the year. I have about 45 more photos to go, so I will be catching that up. I am hoping to start covering more marketing conferences on Geek Good Girl and of course post more photos. I am not going to continue Project 365, that way I will not have to worry about catching it up. Instead, I will post when I feel good or when I cover a conference. :)

Lastly, I hope to start or become involved in a non profit for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have a few ideas and a friend with a PhD that can help with grant proposals; he does that for cancer research. I am also hoping some friends with RA and those without RA would be interesting in being involved with this non profit and ideas. So if you are reading this post, feel free to contact me. Social site links are in the sidebar —–>.

Since I have a thing for photos, I thought I would include a few in this post. My boyfriend has taken many photos of me in the last year. In previous years, I have not let him post photos of me when I was wiped out from the RA. Last year I got over it and let him post them as well. It is a part of my life. Funny, at the end of the year someone mentioned they can see in the photos when I am not feeling well. I always can see that in the photos, but my boyfriend does not really notice. Just like I don’t notice when he has gained weight. He always ask why I didn’t tell him he was that fat, I guess it just not what I’m looking at :).

This photo was while I was feeling good, on a flight to Ireland, with my boyfriend. I can say I had a blast in Ireland. I have not walked that much since before I had RA. I was shocked at how much walking I was able to do without pain. (Day 255 of Project 365).
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Log

Thursday already! I did finally get to do my enbrel shot on Tuesday and I am feeling pretty good. I went for a massage yesterday and that helped with the stiff muscles in my back. I am still on Flexeril, I did try to go down to 2 pills a day over the weekend but it did get worse so I went back to 3. No other pain or stiffness going on besides my back.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Log Day 81

Day 81 of my RA health log. No major pain or stiffness, back slightly stiff at the end of the day, not even annoying. Flexeril is working great.

My exercise was riding on the Harley and walking around Deadwood, South Dakota.

I had a bacon cheeseburger and fries for lunch. Dinner was 1/2 of a chicken sandwich, some mini tacos and fries. Still doing the dark chocolate.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Log Day 80

Day 80 of my RA health log. No pain or stiffness in the morning back slightly stiff at the end of the day.

Exercise today was riding the back of the Harley to Sturgis and walking around Sturgis, South Dakota.

I had a corn dog for lunch and steak, salad, rolls and potatoes for dinner.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Log Day 79

Day 79 of my RA health log. No pain or tenderness when I woke up but by the end of the day my upper back was slightly stiff. Took some Flexeril and it is better.

The only exercise I did today was driving and a little walking.

I had a bacon cheeseburger and fries for lunch and beef stroganoff for dinner. Still eating the dark chocolate.

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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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