thinking up hip hop nicknames: how about Puff Milton

I should be rejoicing, celebrating the pain relief brought to me by Celebrex, now without stomach upset.

And I would be if it wasn't for the edema, the scary kind.

The rapid-weight gain, overnight I have not a pair of pants that fit kind of edema. Not even fat jeans, which left me in a skirt and tears before an impromptu barbeque with friends.

I like to think of myself like the Queen, confident and assured, despite being heavier from steroids and general chubbiness.

I like to think of myself being above weeping over pant sizes, but there I was: boo-hooing and frustrated to boot. The Celebrex worked wonders for my arthritis.

I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

So, I drank lots of water, and lo and behold, I was able to pry on some clothes the very next day.

Onward I go, discouraged but moving.


Oh, Much to My Sjogren received a little love today. She blushed and dug her toe in the sand...


brandy101 said…
Traditional Medicinals makes a nice herbal tea - used to be called "PMS" tea; now its called "weightless" cranberry tea. It is a mild but effective diuretic (with NO laxatives, unlike some "weightless" teas)and you can drink it up to 3 times a day. Its also just a plain ole' tasty tea! I realy rely on it for water retention that time of the month.

You can usually find their tea line at Vitamin Shoppe, and other shops that sell herbal teas/health foods.
Stu said…
I'm sorry you puffed up. You looked nice in your skirt at the BBQ. I did't even realize you 'had' to wear it.

brandy101 said…
oh! And not sure if I ever posted this before or not but a soak in 2+ cups of epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) in as warm a bath as you can take will DRAMATICALLY reduce fluid retention - but it makes you kinda tired. Also you will sweat alot so keep a washcloth nearby to blot your brow.

I usually do this before bed and read a book or magazine in the tub as I soak! Its relaxing, soothing to joints & muscles, and a great "detox"
lapoflux said…
Ah - it's not you, you are a victim of a conspiracy. Your clothes all grouped together to act against you and shrunk themselves just enough for you not to suspect.
Sorry to hear about the puffies. Hope they go away soon... Hope that the meds are helping you feel better at least (and I love the first picture - where do you find this stuff!!)
Good luck!
Amanda said…
Oh honey, ugh! Wish I had tips, but glad you are in less physical pain.
I've been reading lots of blogs you comment on, and I think I've even visited your other blog a couple of times. I'm definitely sending your link to my stepsister. She has Lupus, and just finished up two years of expirementl chemo. She too does the steroid, Neurontin, Lyrica routine.

I can listen, but there's nothing like someone that really knows what you're going through. This is a great blog.
Fat is only skin deep.LOL Hip Hop--good.
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