Interesting about the atypical tb. I would guess this is what my ID doc had in mind--she told me repeatedly that the PPD test means next to nothing; it's simply the best screening measure they have. I'll keep that in mind--I'm doing a sputnum culture right now, but tb nurse at the public health department told me that was likely to come up negative as well. What test did you have that confirmed the atypical tb? ID doc offered to send me for a bone marrow culture, but said it was very painful and will still not be definitive. I guess I'm questioning whether I should have agreed so readily to take these drugs without having a definitive dx.
Keah, yes INH is one of the drugs prescribed. ID doc told me that she would be monitoring my liver enzymes closely (every two weeks for the first month and then once a month after that). She was a little concerned about my taking the mtx with the INH, so she called my rheumy and asked. he said it was ok to leave me on the mtx? We'll see. I don't typically drink alcohol anyway (makes me violently ill), but since starting the mtx, I decided that I should avoid it altogether regardless. My husband doesn't drink either (his mother was an alcoholic). Our typical dinner bill is very reasonable because we don't order any alcohol.