be able to think about getting back to work, I got a call from my rheumatologist . I had seen her last week. She ordered more lab work and x-rays. I expected her to call me and tell me that "nothing has changed." Well, she called me today and told me that it looks like I'm still having kidney problems. I had a kidney infection approx. 5-6 weeks ago, and she also poured through my chart and came up with ultrasound results from several years ago that stated I have kidney stones. Well, apparently my current kidney status is that I have low uric acid levels and I have abnormal ketone and protein levels, as well as mucous in the urine. So, she sent me for another urine test today (a culture) before she decides which antibiotic to put me on. I have an appointment with a nephrologist but not until March 22nd. My rheumy told me that, depending on what this new urine test shows, she will call the nephrologist and ask to have me seen sooner. Oh yeah, and my blod pressure, which has been textbook perfect (maybe even a little low) has been steadily rising over the past 2 months. So, the x-rays. I have degenerative arthritis in my shoulders and hips- no surprise there! However, apparently I have narrowing of discs C5-C7. I have something called straightening lordosis (gonna have to look that one up!). These are apparently often caused by muscle spasms. Oh yay - somrthing else to add on to my ever growing list of diagnoses. Phooey - I really hate this.