Since i didnt have and energy and was in so much pain last weekend i decided to call my Rheumatologist and get an appointment, as i hadnt seen him in awhile. I was greeted by the answering service informing me that the doctor was out on medical leave. I was stumped, what do i do? Thankfully i had an appointment with my PCP, so i asked her. She immediately sent me for xrays of my lower back and right knee as they are bothering me alot. I have been taking pain pills but we decided to try a different pain pill and some stronger stuff for those really bad days. Next week i shall be getting those results and contacting another rheumatologist, as well as possibly starting Physical Therapy. I hope my insurance is good enough that i can go 2 or 3 times a week without a ton of out of pocket costs. My PCP says i will learn exercises there that i will need to continue to practice for the rest of my life. Wow what a thought eh?