X-ray, EOB, PANF, MRI

April 3, 2010

Once again I can’t believe how long it’s been since I updated this thing.  I am truly sorry, if there’s anybody out there missing me (hello? hello?).  I’m still alive and unfortunately I still have arthritis and all of the joys and pains that go along with it.

So what’s new?  After a seemingly failed synovectomy surgery on my right ankle three years ago, I basically had given up in frustration on the stubborn joint.  Just recently I decided to take up the fight again and try to see if there’s anything else/new that can be done to help me.  I’m so tired of having to limit myself and being forced to sacrifice little things that I desperately want and enjoy, such as taking a simple WALK, and being able to travel.  I can’t stand to be on my feet for very long due to this constantly swollen and painful ankle.  I don’t understand why it has been such a mystery and struggle to figure out what’s wrong with it and to fix it.  So, I have started the “process” again of doctor appointments, X-rays, fighting with my insurance company, and having to hand over most of my paychecks to pay the bills.  I just had another MRI yesterday and will find out the results in time for my doctor appointment Tuesday.  I fear that another surgery is on the horizon, but what other choice do I have?  I need to get my life back.  Soon.

Despite all of this complaining, I do have some wonderful news that I saved for last.  I have been PREDNISONE-FREE for almost two months!  You have no idea how happy this makes me.  Well, maybe you do.  I’m extremely thankful for this and I hope it can continue for a long time.

OK, that’s all for now.  I’m also very happy to be back writing on this blog.  I have some exciting and positive things coming up soon with the Arthritis Foundation, but I’ll save that news for another time.

Good night!

EOB = Explanation of Benefits = how much money I have to shell out for medical bills

PANF = Patient Access Network Foundation – I just found out that they are currently out of funds for rheumatoid arthritis patients, so now I’m on the waitlist.  This is bad since I have an upcoming remicade infusion at the end of the month and have no way to pay for the out-of-pocket portion ($900).

3 Responses to “X-ray, EOB, PANF, MRI”


  1. Hi, I have also had synnovectomy surgery on my left ankle , due to RA . I am sorry you are having problems. Happy to hear you are roid free. I enjoy your blog.

    • Angela Says:

      Hi,
      Thanks for the comment! How did your synnovectomy go? Did it help a lot? Thanks for reading, I appreciate it :)

  2. Rakesh Says:

    Hi Angela,

    I read your blog and felt sorry about your ankle operation. I could understand the pain you suffered as I have gone through the same phase(RA pains) in late 2008.

    Its all good to hear that you are bit relaxed with your medication.

    My story is bit different but swim through it with the help of my doctor who treated me to make me absolutely normal as if I never had anything before. Now it is an amazing experience and when I look back, it appears as a black cloud in the past suffering with terrible joint pains due to RA.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Rakesh
    raki_lucky@rediffmail.com


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