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vanae
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 1/1/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
 Happy new year to all my healing well friends!! I know that I don't write very frequently but I do read everyones posts & offer quiet support daily. Last time I wrote the doctor was starting me on Methotrexate because of my continuing flare ups with pericarditis. Well I had about 3 good months without a major flare up but now I can't seem to get the symptoms under control. Three weeks ago I switched to taking the metotrexate by injections but continue to flare especially with the pericarditis. I keep having to go back on steroids which I had successfully tapered off of for about 3 months. Right now I have to bump up to about 40 mgs to get the symptoms under control, then taper back off. I called my rhematologist on Monday  about this latest flare & he wants me to increase the methotrexate from 0.8 to 0.9 this Thursday, check blood next Tuesday then increase again to 10 on the injection the following Thursday. I also have to go see my cardiologist to have my heart checked out because of the frequency of these flare ups. This is such a frustrating disease to deal with especially without insurance!    
I am still ever hopeful that this year the team of doctor's & I will find the right mix of meds to help give more of a remission of my symptoms & a reduction of the number of times that I flare. I wish this for everyone here.   

AlwaysRosie
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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 8616
   Posted 1/1/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Vanae,

This is a really tough time for most of us. sorry you are in trouble again/still. I hope that the normally quiet January and February will help you recover from your chronic issues with your heart. Hopefully the docs will formulate a plan that will halt this cycle . . . . but do make sure to rest, rest, rest. Some hot tea for you!!

Blessings!

In His Grip

AlwaysRosie           "We can't control the waves, but we can learn how to surf!!"

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Audrey Ann
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 815
   Posted 1/1/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Vanae! I am increasing my methotrexate injections to .9 and then 10 also. My rhuemy wants to check my bloodwork between the increases to be safe, too. I do hope this works for you to get your flares under control. This is an annoying disease, isn't it? If this doesn't help, she said something about trying Arava. I am always nervous about anything new. Have you tried Arava, yet?
Prayers,
Audrey Ann
 
Lupus and RA and LOTS of Medications!
 


 

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