I'm not at all sure if this post will help any of my blog buddies but I wanted to share what we've learned so far.
(and I saw an eagle this week!)
My husband was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica and from what we've read, it fits perfectly with what happened to him.
Most of you know that we lead a very active lifestyle. We've enjoyed living here in the South where we can get outside and walk, buy lots of fresh organic produce and lead a healthy happy lifestyle. We both volunteer in our community and live in a friendly neighborhood. So what happened to us?
One night my husband went to bed after a normal day and woke up with every joint in his body sore. The following day they were worse and then the next day they were so painful that he could hardly move. He couldn't get comfortable no matter what he tried. He stood up a lot. We had no idea what had caused it or what do to do about it. Rest....take it easy? We are fortunate to have someone in our family in the medical field (thanks J!) so we got in contact with him and he gave us lots of information and sent us to the right doctor, a Rheumatologist.
Now after lots of tests and a few appointments we have a diagnosis and proper medication. We still have lots of issues to face, especially the dramatic weight loss but my husband is not in the pain he was a month ago. He's able to do most of the things he enjoys. We still haven't gone on a hike yet but we'll have to work up to that.
I thought some of the best information about the cause of Polymyalgia Rheumatica was in Wikipedia,
"The cause of PMR is not well understood. The pain and stiffness result from the activity of inflammatory cells and proteins that are normally a part of the body's disease-fighting immune system, and the inflammatory activity seems to be concentrated in tissues surrounding the affected joints. During this disorder, the white blood cells in the body attack the lining of the joints, causing inflammation."
And with inflammation there is pain! It's been a real blessing to have all of your prayers and to have advice from family and of course a good doctor here locally. We are very thankful for our lives and look forward to happy times ahead.
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