Flare season seems to have come at last: I’m stiff and sore, but so far not as bad as it has been in the past. As usual, the piroxicam seems to be doing a better job of it. My ability to cope has improved considerably.
But the piroxicam may also be responsible for hypertension. My blood pressure has gone up. Way up. I’ve been monitoring it regularly over the past month or so, and it’s been consistently around 160/100. Which is, shall we say, not good. I’ve been told to see a doctor, but it’s going to take another month before I can see my family doctor. (The health care system does send mixed messages: “You really should see a doctor! In about six weeks!”) I’ve also been told that it’s not so high that I should rush off to the emergency room. Even so, this is somewhat unnerving, and I’ve been doing my best not to panic. Ankylosing spondylitis is serious but not, generally speaking, fatal; you can’t say that about hypertension.
At our last meeting, my rheumatologist said that she felt it was better to treat the hypertension than to stop taking the drug, and at this point I’m still inclined to agree. We’ll see what happens after I’m given something for the hypertension.