Good morning all and I hope you are having a good day!! Here's a picture of our wonderful morning glories to brighten your day!
I've had a rough week. Lots of pain. Saw my rheumy a couple of weeks ago and he upped my Cymbalta to 30 mg to see if it would help the pain, but so far it hasn't done anything "extra". He said if it didn't help, then after a month he'd prescribe sulfasalazine to go along with my hydroxy. I feel like calling him and saying "it's not working, let's move on to the sulfasalazine!!" When he first gave me the Cymbalta it helped my overall tendon/muscle pain tremendously and very quickly, but it never did help the joint pain...ugh!
But on to my question. I was sent to a gynocologist on Tuesday to check out what I thought was vaginal bleeding (had a hysterectomy 33 years ago, so that wasn't good). Anyway, she was a delightful doctor and I liked her a lot. She wanted to know why my GP sent me to her since I'd had a hysterectomy SO long ago and there's nothing up there that could be giving me problems. She asked if my GP had done a urinalysis and I said no. She got really put out by that and sent me round to the lab to have a UA. She came back a few minutes later and said there was blood in my urine and that it wasn't vaginal at all. She was extremely concerned when I said it had been going on for over 6 months. In my defense, I hadn't gone to the doctor earlier since I thought it was just vaginal wall thinning kind of thing. Anyway, she has sent a request to refer me to the Urogynocology department for an appointment.
I didn't ask her (I was too shocked by what she was saying), but can RA affect the kidneys? Have any of you had a problem with your RA affecting you kidneys? I'd like to be as well informed as I can when I finally get in to see the new doctor. Thanks everyone!!