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yalinda
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   Posted 10/16/2006 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone still a mess around here. i spent the better part of the late afternoon trying to contact a doctor.  my rhuemmy has no power and no phone and therefore it is not forwarding to an answer service.  i drove by his place sunday and there was no road to pass all wires and trees down so i think that is why i cant get him..... phoned my pcp and the service stated in emergency i should go to the emergency room.  this is no emergency in my eyes.  phoned my pharmacist to see if they know what a mtx cough verses viral cough symptoms are and they didnt.  phoned my moms pharmacy as she was here all day and said my cough was non stop and she is worried, i am not, yet.  anyway her pharmacist knew more immediately about the mtx cough, mine didnt, she insisted i try and get a hold of my pcp.... i cant ..... so i am hanging in there til morning and hopeing i can get a md that knows me... the er's are full due to crazy power problems and md offices all closed...... still no power to some of my family... day five......no school still, but i have work mandatory meeting at 9 am due to this crisis in buffalo.   100.5 temp and a wicked cough.  i am waiting til tomorrow i hope that is ok?  like what would they do sooner anyway? i am not taking mtx til friday and probably not then.  el did you have a fever?
 any advice from anyone thanks. yalinda smurf   the hat is to keep me warm hehehehe
 
 

Ducky
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   Posted 10/16/2006 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Yalinda... please please please be careful... do try to get in soon... keep us posted..
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

elcamino
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   Posted 10/16/2006 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Yalinda, I did not develop a fever with my cough, but I've read that fever commonly accompanies the mtx hack. Please do not take mtx again until you have spoken to a knowledgeable doctor! If you could see a doctor right now, and your cough is related to mtx, you are right, there's not a lot they can do for you except take you off mtx. But they can prescribe you a strong cough suppressant. My primary had offered to do this for me, but I opted for Delsym OTC. Combined with my cough drops, that worked just fine for me. Hang in there, and as Ducky asked, please keep us posted.

Elcamino
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


Ducky
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   Posted 10/17/2006 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
How's the cough today Yalinda?
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

yalinda
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   Posted 10/17/2006 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
horrible, but i got ahold of my pcp and i just came back from a chest xray should hear something in the next day or so? thanks for asking ..... yalin

Ducky
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   Posted 10/17/2006 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Rest easy... do you still have a housefull?
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

yalinda
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   Posted 10/17/2006 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
no the last person i know got theirpower on at 6 tonight, my mom, she stayed a bit and fed my kidos and made certain i was ok..... nothin like a mom when ur sick! i do think i am sick as i just woke up from a nap and feel stuffy and sick for the first time. going back to sleep. hope everyone is ok yalinda

Ducky
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   Posted 10/18/2006 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Ah you gotta love moms! Hopefully you stayed home from work today and are getting more rest.. let us know how you are doing...
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

yalinda
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   Posted 10/18/2006 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
went to work busy all day! i figured one thng out for certain. it is the cold that is making me cough! my office was cold, my house, and the air. i am fine no coughing in a warm room. go to the dairy isle of the store and i hack away. it all started when the power and heat went out and work had no heat and my house was freezing. when i am warm not much of a cough. so what is that all about?

Ducky
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   Posted 10/19/2006 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
That is weird.. did your doc call you back?
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

elcamino
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   Posted 10/19/2006 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Yalinda,  I have that that same cold-induced cough.  It's like the cold air irritates my lungs or something.  I've had it since I was a teenager and have simply learned to avoid the cold, and certainly not to exercise in the cold.  I have raynaud's, and I've read that raynaud's can affect the lungs (cold air will make you cough).  I've always wondered if that's it--I may ask the pulmonologist when I see him next about this.  In the meantime, I usually put a scarf over my mouth and nose when it's below freezing outside, and stay outside the least amount of time as possible.  Without your power, I don't know how you're faring.  I hope you get your power back soon.

 

Elcamino


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


yalinda
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   Posted 10/19/2006 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   

El, i have raynauds!!!!!!!!!!  never been so happy to say that.......  i was diagnosed about ten years ago when i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. my hands turn this white , grey or blue smurf when i am chilled and i look like a corpse hehehehehe  i once told a student i was driving with if we were in a car accident dont look at my hands to see if i am alive cuz in the cold they look dead! hehehehehehe  i get a cough every winter too and my doc never knew why and then we figured it was the nodules, now i think it may be the raynauds! i'll do more research lata 

THANKS elcamino.   yalinda smurf


Ducky
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   Posted 10/19/2006 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Whew! What a relief! :)
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

erin.K
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   Posted 10/20/2006 12:38 AM (GMT -7)   
hey, question? with the cold weather, or heck even at 50 out. when i went outside, and this happens a lot...does air that's cooler than 55 make the nose burn and go numb? do ya'll get that too? or is that something not related? it's to a point where it's PAIN. and i mean PAIN! the nose and throat. never thought to think what it was.
anywhoo...take care.
me
Active/Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
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yalinda
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   Posted 10/20/2006 3:27 AM (GMT -7)   
oh the nose hurts in the cold, but then doesnt everyones? funny how i so often assume my daily aches and pains are like everyone else in the world. i have a hard time sometimes thinking that there are peps out there that dont have any pains? silly me. took robutussin AC yesterday and slept like a baby. but am i achey..... hey another song, my achey breaky body! have a good one it is FREEZING here today high only 43! and that is when the sun comes out! ugh!!!!!!!!!!!! i am certain to cough cough cough ........ good thing i did my keegles years ago , u know what i mean ladies! hehehehehe yalinda

elcamino
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   Posted 10/20/2006 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes Erin.  50 degrees is cold enough to cause my raynaud's to act up.  My nose is often the first thing to go numb.  I use it as a thermometer.  Even in the house when I'm watching tv at night, I get cold (and our house temp is around 73 degrees); I know that when my nose starts hurting and then going numb, I better go grab the heating pad or something.  But my hands and feet are a lot more painful when they get cold.  I'm sorry to hear that you have this symptom too.  It may just seem like an annoyance to others, but I find it downright painful to have to deal with.  When you wear a parka in 65 degree weather, and use a space heater at your feet year round, it's a bit weird, you know?

Yalinda, yes it is funny how we all get used to our idiosyncracies and assume that everyone has those same issues.  Come to find out, they're not normal at all.  My reaction to the cold is downright pathological at times, and is a serious risk factor for systemic sclerosis (scleroderma).  Do you have a positive ANA, by any chance?  Have you ever been diagnosed with another CTD other than RA?  Overlap syndromes are common, and raynaud's is a symptom of several.  I don't have a positive ANA, at least yet; just a positive RF.  Which, by the way, according to some reading I've been doing, a positive RF can do a lot of very strange things in your body, including your lungs.  I believe the pulmonary nodules are related to  seropositive disease; also the entire interstitial lung disease thing.

Elcamino


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


yalinda
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   Posted 10/20/2006 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
wow! elcamino, i can honestly say i cant remember all the results and what they all meant it can be overwhelming and i know at the time all i wanted was to use my extremities again so my hearing was narrow. i need to write down your last post and ask questions next visit. i see the pulmonary guy in nov. and the rhuemmy in dec. oh the pcp in nov. too if not sooner hehehehehe. it is definetly related to cold air at least now and i think it was brought on that way too with the power loss. thanks so much for ue insight, yalinda
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