meds and a/c use

4 months ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. This disease attacks my joints and bones, and causes lots of pain and inflammation. My legs are always swollen and painful. For a while, I haven’t been able to get any relief from any prescription or pain medicine. When I went to a doctor last Tuesday, he prescribed me a new drug that is suppose to decrease all of the swelling. This new drug is working like a miracle, and I’ve been pain free for the last week. I can’t believe how amazing the results have been. There’s been only one downside to the new medicine. I am hot, no matter what the indoor temperature is. Even with the thermostat at home set to a cool 78 degrees, I’m still having hot flashes that last for a while. It’s been hard to sleep. The worst part is work, because we have an older heating and cooling system. The air conditioner doesn’t cool as effectively as it did 4 months ago. Without any cold air conditioning blowing down on me, I feel way too hot. Adjusting the thermostat hasn’t worked much at all. I’m going to need to buy a fan for my desk at work, if the hot flashes don’t get better! At home, at least I can set the HVAC unit as low as I want. At work, the boss has 100% control over our air conditioning. Since the meds are working well for relieving my pain and inflammation, I’m going to have to find a way to stay cool!


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