My Response to Web Md’s Quiz on Rheumatoid Arthritis Control –
WARNING: Sarcasm ahead…
Can you tell my doctor? Web MD sent me a quiz in my email box. I never do online quizzes. I heard they collect data for later use. Besides, my wrists and fingers hurt, so I have been trying to resist any pointless typing or mousing.
But if it is Rheumatoid Arthritis data, that might help someone some day. So, I made an exception and filled out the quiz. To my surprise, there was an instant diagnosis (reply). How nice! My other docs make me wait hours. Is the Web MD Doc a real doc or does he just play one on the internet? Could I stay home and get him to send my prescriptions to me?
“You don’t have good control over your Rheumatoid Arthritis…”
Here is part of the answer Doc Web MD gave to me: “According to your responses, you don’t have good control over your RA symptoms. The condition is taking a toll on you, emotionally and physically. You may also worry about the future — what happens if your symptoms get even worse?”
I did not try to reply to the Doc Web MD’s email. I know there are thousands of patients waiting to be next on the quiz. However, I will share some of my responses with you:
“Control”? I don’t have “good control”? Look, if I were in control, I’d tell the RA to get out of my body, out of my house, out of this world, and never show its horrible face again. Yes, Doc, I guess you’re right; I am not in control of the Rheumatoid Arthritis.
“A toll on me”? YA THINK? “Emotionally and spiritually,” huh? Yes, a toll higher than the Beeline to Disney collects each day. And how about tolls PHYSICALLY, FINANCIALLY, and RELATIONALLY? I am not sure you really understand my plight, Doc. Did they require any empathy classes at your medical school?
My “future”? Am I worried about whether the “symptoms will get even worse”? Uh, yeah… That’s why I am taking all these meds and seeing so many doctors like you. Thanks for mentioning that it might get worse. I do know that since I have friends who are worse off than I am. However, I do get lost in hope of a cure sometimes and it’s great to be brought back to earth.
From your reply on Rheumatoid Arthritis control, Doc Web MD:
“But now is the time to take action. It sounds like your current medications aren’t doing enough. It may be time for a new treatment approach. See a rheumatologist — or arthritis expert — to see what you can do. With a good treatment plan, you can get your life back.”
I can see that paragraph is meant to be encouraging. Forgive me if I sound picky, but I must question your choice of words again: You said, “You can get your life back.” I have heard that one before. Where did you learn that? How long did you really study RA in medical school? Was it summed up in one morning seminar?
It would take me hours to explain to you the truth about RA and whether I get my life back with “a good treatment plan.” Can I suggest a little blog I know? You could learn a lot about how Rheumatoid Arthritis actually affects people’s lives. Don’t forget to read the comments pages. There is a lot of data there too. Most of the folks who participate are real Rheumatoid Arthritis patients—they don’t just “play one” on the internet.
By the way, would you be willing to do a consult with my other RA doc? He says that my Rheumatoid Arthritis is under perfect control and that I appear to him to be doing fine and dandy.
- An article on RA that Doc Web MD ought to read: What Is the First symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- The life I didn’t “get back” yet: The Me Before Rheumatoid Arthritis
- What’s the correct motto for RA? Old and New Adages for Rheumatoid Arthritis