I have an appointment with the rheumy today, and am anxious about it.
In June I had two episodes that my eye specialist said were ocular migraines. She examined me. No raised sed rates, but was having muscle pains, etc which rheumy dismissed as pred side effects. At this visit with her I had anxiety symptoms in addition to the other symptoms.
Spent the month going back to 30.mg then to 27.5, then back to 25 which was where I was when all this started at the beginning of June. 4 days ago I reduced to 22.5, I wanted to show some progress when I see her today. So far there seems to be some withdrawal symptoms but Tylenol is working for them. I fear being labeled “non-compliant” and fired like my last rheumy did. This rheumy wanted me at 20 mg a month ago.
Have also been battling petty bad depression, (my last post)
My plan for today: I’m bringing my sister with me. Just want to refill my prescription and get in and out. Not engage too much, and not come back for at least a month so I can have time to self manage tapering. The problem is she always wants to see me in two weeks when she will want me to have tapered down too much. She puts this in the after visit print out, are these orders?
I realize she can’t force me to come in for an appointment, and the assistant actually schedules it in the computer so I could make the date for a month instead of for 2 weeks, but this is causing me real stress and anxiety.
My sister suggests I tell her I’m traveling this month if she wants me back in 2 weeks.
Why should going to the doctor for help be like going into battle?
Thanks in advance for your advice.