I spent 3 hours at the rheumatologist Monday morning. In addition to all of my normal blood work, I had my vitamin D level checked, a TB test and did a bone density scan. My vitamin D level was 22 with the normal range for vitamin D being from 30-80. Doc said this could explain part of my pain and fatigue I have been experiencing lately. He put me on a prescription vitamin D that is 50,000 iu taken once a week. My bone density results look good with improvement over the last scan 2 years ago. This is good since I ride a lot. Don't need flimsy bones out there riding a motorcycle! As bad as I have felt over the late part of winter and spring so far, I am feeling equally good right now. In fact I feel good enough that I have started working out again and have even started losing a little weight to boot. Doc left it at this, "I am going to leave your meds alone for now since you are feeling better. I have seen several that have been hurting more this spring due to the drastic temperature swings we have had this year. We will check your D level in 6 weeks. If you start hurting call and we will get you in, other wise I will see you in 4 months".
The temperature swings this spring that doc was referring to have been borderline crazy/violent. They have triggered several tornadoes as well as many small RA flares for me. It was in the 80's the past 3 days but will dip back down into the 30's Thursday and Friday. Hopefully my RA won't notice it.
I didn't feel up to riding last week on my days off but I made up for it this week riding 2 of my 3 days off this week. I had planned to ride today also but am fatigued beyond belief right now. Not hurting from it, just simply run down. I have included some photos of some of the places we rode through this week. This is my therapy, I hope you can see why I like riding the road less traveled.