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Seth on the stumbling blocks we deal with when we live with arthritis

Going through life like we’re on a treadmill situated on an obstacle course.

It has been a very hectic few weeks, especially since my tachometer is not in sync with my speedometer. Maybe because I am burning very hot (literally, the other day my hands were emitting enough heat to fog a mirror that was 6" away)(I felt like I was in a scene from the movie "Ghost"). But also because I'm being held back by nonsense injuries and bullshit pain which is keeping me from sprinting at a pace I ultimately want to go.

A few weeks go it was the herniated disc (C6-C7) which got a handful of trigger point injections, and some very thorough manipulation and physical therapy, for several weeks. That put me back on track to get to EULAR, where I exercised lots of caution and wore a neck brace on the airplane (guaranteed way to get a flight attendant to not be so bitchy to you!), to then spend five days of nonstop visits with awesome doctors and other patient groups to talk about our global arthritis community and to learn about the latest and greatest in research findings. (More on that in the next few weeks…)

Only to return home to a limp (read: swagger) of an ankle that has been acting up more and more every day, to the point where I returned to my trusted foot and ankle doctor (his name is Rock, which is also an analogy for his approach to medicine…) to get a diagnosis of tendinitis. 

The fix? Medrol baby! Because when your engine is burning hot, that's the best time to add some fuel to the fire. But at a very low dose, and for just a few days to deal with the swollen / inflammation of the ankle, so I can actually walk again.

These are the stumbling blocks we deal with when we live with arthritis. It's like going through life like we're on a treadmill that is situated on an obstacle course. 

We keep our head up, we smile and say "of course!" when we sit with a doctor who is prescribing a steroid, and we do everything we can to fix ourselves up so we can continue our fight and our journey and our role as the people in charge of this world. 

Or we just sit at home and watch ourselves fog up a mirror wondering if there's a ghost in the room. Which is actually a viable alternative.

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