I found that my primary doctor was compassionate but didn't fully understand RA. I was wearing my wrist support and he made a remark to me wearing them. I wish I remember what exactly was said but it was clear that he thought the medication usually take care of the pain. RA is so new to me. So far as soon as one joint feels better , it goes to a new location. Every day , I am reminded by fatigue and pain, I still have RA.
I had gone to see him to touch bases and that I had to increase my heart medication that I take because of heart rate and high blood pressure. I have been having more episodes of racing heart and skip beats and my bottom number of blood had increase to over ninety. I had a prn to take extra pill if needed if racing heart. I know with RA , there is a higher incidence of heart attacks and stroke s. My brother before he was seventy was seventy had dementia. Strokes are sooo terrible. I am so thankful there is an awareness month. I have gone to different doctors and my blood pressure was high but never commented on or addressed. I think it was over 150/ 9x. Not terribly high but family history of heart problems.
I am grateful that I was informed of increase rate of heart attacks and strokes. It was this knowledge that I advocated for myself.
Thank you all . It has been a life saver in more ways than one. Love, elirose