Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sometimes you have to go down to go up

Well… the effects of the Imuran finally ran out, and while I was on a business trip too. My leg began swelling and getting really stiff. The red lumps (for lack of a better term) began migrating toward my ankle. I was very concerned that the inflammation would again impact my joint and I would lose the ability to walk freely. If this were to happen I would have to go on a high dose of Prednisone with all of the strong side effects. The timing for this couldn’t be worse. Things are changing at work and I am applying for a position. I certainly couldn’t afford to be dealing with “Prednisone Rage” during this process.

I went and saw the doctor when I get back from the trip and explained the situation. He talked over the situation with me and then switched out my 5 mgs Prednisone with 4 mgs Methylprednisolone. He gave me a shot for a boost to get the swelling under control and told me to get some compression socks.

It has been two weeks since the change and I am in better condition now than I have ever been since the Sarcoid started! The medication appears to be working very well, and the compression socks appear to be doing the trick. I have been eating better and have lost about 15 lbs and feel really good. I have to wait and see if the shot is still in my system, but I don’t think so. If this keeps up I might even be able to kick this thing before too long. Needless to say I am very excited.

Here’s looking to the future.