Rheumy Appt today...Vasculitis?

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mom46
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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
   I have had vasculitis on my legs before with no other symptoms until now. Last week I started getting severe fatigue, shortness of breath, joint and muscle pain, fevers, light-headed, coughing, ear aches, stomach problems, nasal stuffiness....sounds like the flu..huh... :-) . The normal Lupus stuff, but something just didn't feel right to me.
   When I saw my rheumy today after I told her all my symptoms she started checking my joints and stuff out and looked at my legs and ask how long I had the rash? I told her about a week or so and she said that was Vasculitis and was causing all the symptoms. I didn't even pay attention to the rash before she mentioned it because I've had it before with no problems. She gave me a shot of Medrol, took some blood and started me on a 30mgs taper and wants me to call her if I start feeling worse or no better.
    What are your experiences with vasculitis internally? Does it clear up with Prednisone quickly? I'm not worried just curious and would love to hear other experiences.
    Tks all and hope you all have a good nite. Take care and you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
                                                     Love, Babs  
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you have this Babs. I wish I could help but I just wanted to say I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and send you (((hugs))).
Love, Marji
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   Posted 5/5/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((((( Babs ))))))))))))

Sounds awful. I hope the medrol works fast for you. Sorry, I don't know anything about it either. But wanted to send you a hug and a cup of hot tea!!

Blessings!

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mom46
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   Posted 5/6/2008 4:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Marji and Rosie,
   Thank you both for the thoughts and prayers, hugs and tea. You are both so kind and supportive.
    I didn't sleep much last night due to being pumped up on the medrol with jitters...lol. I start the 30mg taper today and I know I will be alot more jittery with the pills.
    You both take care and thank you again. You both are in my thoughts and prayers as well.
                                                       Love, Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


auntkay
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   Posted 5/6/2008 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Babs, I'm sorry your feeling so poorley. Just wanted you to know your in my thoughts and prayers.Hope it clears up fast and you get thru the pred without to many problems.((((((hugs))))))
Kay

mom46
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   Posted 5/6/2008 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen,
   (((Hugs))) Thank you so much for your support. I see your not working today so you must be feeling pretty bad still. You are in my thoughts and prayers too sweetie! You wanna chat?
                                                   Love ya, Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


Julia Hill
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   Posted 5/6/2008 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Babs,
 
I'm sorry your not feeling well.  I hope the medication has you up and about and feeling better real soon.  Sounds like you have a good rheumatologist, that is comforting.  Hope to see you in the chat room.  (((hugs)))
 
Love, Julia

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   Posted 5/6/2008 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Babs,
 
I have vasculitis too.  I am just coming out of a big old lupus flare up as well.  I was on 20mg of pred to get rid of my symptoms - all of them exactly as what you described yours as being.  Feels like the flu, but you know it's not!
 
With my vasculitis, the symptoms are those splinter hemhorrages on my nails (little brown lines on the ends of your fingernails), petechiae (little tiny pin sized red dots on arms, legs, chest, tummy, etc), and under the skin type rash called Livido reticularis. I have that on my wrist, thigh and ankle. The skin rash stuff is really common with vasculitis.  Did you get a name for the type of rash you have?  What does it look like?  Mine is sort of "lace" looking and mottled. Hard to describe.
 
I'm noticing the rash not being as purple as it was a few days ago, but it never fully goes away. Even when my lupus was in remission, I could see it slightly. 
 
I hope this helps.  The medrol pack should help you feel better quickly.  I'm on so much prednisone right now that I'm a wigged-out, jittery, anxious, mess!!!  I need to start tapering down - NOW!  So give it a few days and hopefully the flu like feeling will disappear.
 
Love ya!
Ginny
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mom46
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   Posted 5/6/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Julia and Ginny,
   Julia, Thank you for the well wishes. I hope to chat with you soon as well. You are always so thoughtful and kind in chat. Take care and I hope you are feeling okay to today. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
                                              Love, Babs
 
Ginny, You are so knowledgeable Sis! I have the petechiae rash(red/purplish dots) on my lower legs, feet and a few dots here and there in other areas. I have had some swelling in the lower legs and ankles lately as well.  I'm glad yours is clearing up and hope the taper goes well and relieves the jitters/anxiousness quickly...((Hugs)). Tks for your help and take care. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
                                                 Love ya, Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


jhmom
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   Posted 5/6/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
(((( Babs )))) the only experience I have with vasculitis is in my gut and of course that's what causes all of my GI problems or at least that's what my rheumy thinks it is (I still don't understand fully how it affects me). When I'm in a flare my gut is almost always involved along with most of the symptoms you have been having. I've never had to take Medrol thus far so I can't offer any advise, I just wait it out, try to get more rest than usual and hope it passes soon!

I hope the med works for you and you start feeling better soon! You are in my prayers sis! love ya!
Stacie

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DX: Hashimoto's, Celiac Disease, Raynaud's, Lupus and Sjogrens
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid, Lortab (as needed) and magic mouthwash (for mouth sores)


mom46
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   Posted 5/6/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Tks Stacie,
    I really appreciate the support and kindness of you and everyone here. It means so much to me!
    I have a EGD/Colon scheduled for the 19th. It is time for my routine check and with the stomach issues I've been having the last few months I'm ready for it. Just hate the nasty gallon jug of Colyote!!!
   Tks for the prayers sis, Your in mine as well. You take care and rest as much as you can so you will start feeling better soon.
                                             Love ya, Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

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