I see my rheumy today. I am kind of frustrated with him, he sent another scrip for the vitamin I can't take when I called for the LAB report. I had HIS report, but I need to watch the levels of some liver things so I need LAB reports. I can't take the stinkin' vitamin. Not much use spending $$ on something that will make me barf everytime, in my opinion. Anyway, I have a lump in my thumb. It hurts. There is something in there. It is bigger some days than others. I have had it for more than 5 months. I tried sticking a sterilized needle in it to lance it, nothing worked. Do I ask the doctor to lance it, try to figure out what is in it? Or just live with it? I also am wondering about a steroid shot in my lower back (sacro-iliac area). It is so terribly painful to sit, exp for long periods of time (you know, like 20 minutes). Is a steroid shot the right thing to ask about?> Or is there something else that would be helpful? Sorry I haven't been around much. It has been hard to type and I have been feeling worse and doing more. But I will post more soon. Hugs to all, Happy birthday to Star, Abbey the book is awesome.