My sister is finally ready to see a rheumatologist and got an appointment today for December with Jaafar A Tremazi in Pomona, CA. He's the only one on her insurance, so I'm hoping he has compassion for old, stoic women who fight through symptoms for decades before waving the white flag.

Female age 67. HLA B-27 negative spondylitis, Crohn's, M-type MGUS, incomplete cauda equina syndrome, osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathy, asthma. Remicade, low dose prednisone, tramadol, nortriptyline at bedtime for neuropathic pain. Daughter 40 has B-27 positive AS and has used Enbrel about 25 years.