I promised an update after my appointment today so here it is.
My doctor and I had a long talk today (that probably cost me a couple hundred dollars) about my diagnosis and my medicines. He agrees (finally) that my diagnosis is correct. He fully believes that I have Psoriatic Arthritis due to the effects I have had with the medication. He feels that this has been what was plaguing me last year but just didn’t present itself correctly at that time. I think that he blew me off but that is a whole other matter.
We talked at length about my medicine. I told him of the side effects I have and he gave me options. He wanted to switch me to a different drug all together (a biologic) but said that I won’t qualify for it due to my lack of insurance. He said that the drug companies give discounts to those with health insurance but not who have none. That seems backwards to me so I am going to check into it more. In the meantime, he has upped the meds I am currently taking despite my not wanting to take it anymore. He said it is my only option without changing to a biologic.
If anyone knows anything about programs for the uninsured for the meds like Humira or Enbrel, I would love to hear about it. I obviously can’t afford these meds outright but I believe that there has to be help for someone who has no insurance. I take my medicine every Sunday so I am hoping to find out more before I have to buy my medicine again at the new dosage.
Anyway, that is the update. Oh, and he gave me a new antii-inflammatory and told me to lay off the Ibuprofen. He isn’t happy with my taking it around the clock. Oops. I told him I take it because I hurt and he knows that I need something so hopefully this new medicine he called in helps and I can afford to buy it! He also told me to continue going to yoga because it can really help loosen up my joints. I think I will!
Oh, one more thing I have to share! I have lost 21 pounds since this time last year. What a great thing to see on the scale. I knew I had lost weight but didn’t realize it was that much.
Thanks for asking about me. I’ll let you know how things go as I find out more.