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Same dragon, different day.

I wanted so much for those steroid patches, stuck for 14 hours each on two separate days like limpets to my hips, to work. I really, really did. I wanted the stuff to KO the bursitis inflammation and pain. But they didn’t. It sounds nuts, but my hips actually hurt worse while I wore the …

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At physical therapy yesterday morning, Joe the PT gave me some good news: my rheumatologist has approved his request to try using steroid patches on my hip bursitis. I was pleasantly surprised. Dr. McA had previously nixed any further steroid injections or oral steroids, even in short, tapered doses, citing his concern about my active …

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It’s Tuesday night. I’m hoping for a good night’s sleep; I have an early physical therapy appointment in the morning, followed by a caregiving day with my aunt and uncle. I enjoy being with them, and the work isn’t difficult or stressful, but these work days tend to be very long. I try not to …

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I seem to be going through a sort of transition these days with my rheuma-dragon, that evil old beastie. Although the symptoms he causes have been frequently annoying over the last three or four years, and his grouchy, persistent cousin the bursitis-wyrm has had his sandpaper claws sunk into my hips for the last two, …

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Spring snuck into the northern California foothills about three weeks ago. (Yes. It was only February, probably the coldest, harshest month of winter in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere.) It was 68 degrees out and sunny. Today, everywhere you look there are ornamental fruit trees in full bloom—glorious, rounded clouds of pink or white—and …

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It’s been a bit hectic around here lately, which is why I haven’t posted anything to RheumaBlog for more than a week. At 5:00 a.m. a week ago today, Mom woke me out of a sound sleep to ask me to go downstairs and get her sciatica pain medicine. “Aw,” I said, “sure I will. …

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