Sorry folks - really need a rant.
I had a lot of blood teats done last week and my doctor phoned yesterday afternoon with the results. She told me that most of the tests were normal. My calcium levels were really good, my CRP was 27, which she considers to be normal and my white blood cell count was on the high side. When I pointed out once again that my 'normal' CRP was around the 7-8 mark she once again said that it being raised was nothing to do with PMR. Surely as well, a raised white blood cell count indicates inflamation in the body? I certainly don't have a cold or cough or anything like that.
Then the dreaded question came - 'How much steroid are you taking now?' When I replied that I had raised it to 15 mg as I was in pain and very stiff in the mornings and that it had relieved that, she said that I shouldn't have done that and that taking extra wouldn't cure anything. (Didn't think it would cure!) She was nagging and saying that soon I would be wanting more and more and that I would get into a spiral of taking higher and higher doses. Didn't think steroids were addictive! I said that it was my intention to start to gradually reduce again. She kept saying that 15 mg was 'a massive dose'. She didn't give me a chance to say that if the inflamation wasn't kept in check and GCA was 'activated' that I would be on an even higher amount.
She then went on to nag me about the fact that I have always refused to take AA, as I have a lifetime history of stomach problems. She said my bones were in grave danger of fracture. Didn't she say earlier that my calcium levels were really good? - I thought we took Calcichew with vit D and had extra yogurt to help with our bone strength!
Luckily the plumber, who I had waited for for several days, arrived, the dog was going nuts so had to end the call. I think I might have said something I might have regretted had he not turned up!
Well thanks for listening, at least you all understand! A good day to you all. DL