I’m in the middle of what is probably one of my worst flares of the past year, but I’m all smiles.
A few months ago, regular lab tests showed that my liver enzymes were highly elevated…so much so, that they were beyond the “concern” level and nearing the “critical” level. My rheumatologist immediately cut my medicine intake in half, and a couple of months later cut them in half again.
We had a three-step plan. First, we would taper down my meds – not completely, but to about 25% of their regular level. Second, I would repeat my lab tests in early December and the results would (hopefully) be positive (i.e. normal enzyme levels). Third, we would then return my medicines to their normal level.
In the back of my mind over the past few weeks, as my rheumatoid arthritis once again started to flare, has been my personal knowledge that my medicine intake was the lowest it has been in more than a year. (Actually when we started this plan a few months ago, I sort of foresaw where I am at the moment.) I continued to remind myself that I was going through the final stage of allowing my liver to recover from its over-toxicity.
Over the past few days, as it was time to put the second stage of the plan into effect, I started to get really scared. “What if my tests continue to indicate elevated liver enzymes?” These lab tests, which I had been looking forward to for quite a while, were slowly transforming into something that I was dreading.
Yesterday morning I decided there was no sense in delaying any longer. I went in and had my blood drawn. I went about my day. I told myself not to worry, everything was going to be okay.
When I came home from work last night, I got the good news:
All of my liver enzymes were back within normal range!
So yes, I continue to be in the middle of a severe flare, and I know it will take a while for the re-introduction of my medicines to take full effect. But right now I’m all smiles…and I feel stronger than ever.
Everything is going to be okay.
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!