I have been for an appointment with the Nurse at the Doctor's surgery this afternoon. I have been trying for the past six weeks to get but with various situations with other members of staff it has left us rather light on the people front so I chose to delay going,. I know I should have gone earlier but it really was not possible.
I also had a review on the arthritis front. Ostensibly I had gone for vitamin D medication which has been ordered by the Consultant at the hospital on a regular basis from now on in as my levels are particularly low. Its something that seems to happen with people with immune system disease which shows up in the various different types of arthritis (I have osteo and rheumatoid) but also with long term immune disease like Raynauds, Scleroderma, Sjorgens syndrome Lupus antibodies, etc. Sometimes the Doctors forget to mention it. I have an eight week course to take and then she has told me that I need to take an over the counter prescription vitamin D. Especially in the winter months when we do not have such regular access to sunlight. She indicated to me that she herself especially takes this during the winter months. Apparently a great deal of the swelling on my joints and stiffness is to do with the lack of vitamin D, which I had not appreciated. So if you have similar problems it might be worth a chat with the GP just to make sure that you don't need it more than anything else.
Thought I would share.
Catch you soon.
P.S. I have also lost a bit more weight. Which I am pleased about.