Over the past few weeks, I've really been getting the feeling that the remission I experienced in my second trimester just isn't going to last through my third. I feel like the pain in my hips and hands is only getting worse, and I'm just feeling so stiff and sore and fatigued all of the time. I know that at least some of this discomfort must be due to the pregnancy itself, but the ache is just so familiar that I can't help but feel like my RA is making a comeback.
Since I still have a few weeks of pregnancy to survive and I feel like things are only getting worse, I figured it was time to talk to my doctors. So I shared my concerns with my OB and with my rheumatologist, and I asked them both what my options are.
Unfortunately, neither was a particularly useful conversation. Both vaguely mentioned the possibility of prednisone, but I expressed my general dislike of that option and asked if there were any others. And, in response, both basically said this: talk to the other guy.
Awesome. That's right! My OB said to ask my rheumatologist. My rheumatologist said to ask my OB.
So.....exactly what is it that I'm supposed to do now?