Today my rheumatologist did an ultrasound scan on my hands to assess the level of inflammation. I haven’t been on any medication since January (for reasons described in other posts on this blog). The good news was that I seemed to have less inflammation in my hands than since the last scan months ago (I think it was October 2012). The bad news is I now have some erosions of the bone in both hands, which is scary. But as I don’t want to go on any new medication until my neurological symptoms improve, she has referred me to have hand therapy. This means I’ll be treated the old-fashioned way for arthritis (before medication) – using things like splints and doing hand exercises.
Although it’s depressing to learn about the erosions in my hands, I was over the moon to find out that my Vitamin D levels are now normal (62) – previously they were 38. I’m going to keep taking 1,000 international units a day as I have borderline osteoporosis in my hips and thighs, as recommended by an osteoporosis expert at the hospital.
Another option I didn’t know existed until recently is to ask for a referral to a rheumatologist who specialises in Homeopathy. I’m definitely going to do this as conventional drugs haven’t worked for me so far. I know they work for lots of people, which is great, but having had three allergic reactions to different drugs since last September, I’d like to try a new approach before I even consider going back to conventional medication.