When I went to my last visit at my rheumie, I asked the same question. I wanted to know, since they put me on meds (Plaquenil & regular doses of Tylenol & Motrin) if the goal was to keep my numbers the same, get them to improve, or to just keep my symptoms in check.
He replied, "Yes". Oh yeay.
After being diagnoses in July of '08, my first round of blood tests for followup was in January of '09. I got no call, so I called them. At the time of the blood tests, I felt much better. Less fatigue, less achy, able to fight a cold better than ever before. So I figured my numbers would be better. Nope. But they weren't any worse either. And the PA said that was the ultimate goal. To stay the same.
At the present time, I've been feeling worse. Another sinus infection plus very achy joints. I called the PA and thought I should have my numbers checked. She said it really didn't matter. My numbers weren't really reflective of a "flare", just the baseline of the disease (kidney function, liver function, iron count, etc.) Many of these numbers have no relation to how you "feel" overall.
I'm sure it doesn't make you feel any better, since generally you feel worse, but the fact your numbers are a better is a good thing I'm thinking. You might be going thru a rough stage right now, but I'm thinking that your numbers indicate the overall status of the disease isn't getting worse. Heck, I had TWO ANA's drawn on the same day last year... one lab's results came back negative, the other came back positive with a speckled pattern. Go figure.
Keep us posted on what your MD's say. Don't worry. But do take care of yourself. And don't think "It took me forever to convince them I was sick, now they are going to think I'm fine?" That won't happen. Numbers change. The diagnosis won't. Just because my blood sugars are good most of the time now, doesn't mean I'm no longer a diabetic and don't need insulin anymore! Ya know?