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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 12/7/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.  First, let me appologize for not being very good about letting people know what was going on with me.  Patty has e-mailed me several times and has been good about giving some updates on the forum for me - thanks Pat :-) .
I've just had a rough time lately and can't seem to get healthy.  Starting in October I got a nasty case of the flu and it took me about 3 weeks to recover from it.  Then I went on to get two upper respiritory illnesses back to back and am just getting over the second one now.  Of course all of this has made my lupus flare too, so I've just been feeling rotten most of the time.  Then last week I got severe tooth pain and got a molar extracted on Friday and now I'm pretty sure I have dry socket (very painful).  I've had teeth pulled before but never had dry socket.  I wonder if my lupus or the meds makes healing more difficult
I see my rheumy again on the 18th of this month and we'll see how I'm doing then.
I have done some things I've enjoyed too through this whole thing.  I learned to use my sewing machine and have been doing some fun little sewing projects with my kids.  My daughter and I even made a little quilt together.  It's something that doesn't take a lot of energy when I am feeling up to it.
I'll try to catch up with things here and I'll try to check in and post more often.  I've thought about all of you a lot and missed all of you.  I also think I had my head in the sand a little too, trying to ignore being sick which doesn't make much sense since I have been more sick than usual.
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; UC 2008; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Doxepin 25-50mg; Prevacid; Evoxac; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Artificial tears



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   Posted 12/7/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the update.  Hope things will be better for you soon.  Dry socket is horrible pain. 
Lupus diagnosed 1996, Fibromyalgia diagnosed 1996, Heart by-pass 1998, breast cancer 2000, stroke2002, vascular surgery 2005, heart attack in 2007, and had a stint put in, Sjogren's Syndrome 2008, Stroke 11-4-08
aspirin, multivitamin, Arthrotec , Meclazine ,  plaquinil, Metoclopomide, Doxepin , Metoprolol, synthroid,  Amlodipine, Crestor, Lasinopril, Plavix, phenagrin,  Restasis  

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   Posted 12/7/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hippi!!! So glad you're back!  You've had quite a time this last month or so haven't you?  UGH, dental issues are the worst.  When I had my surgery, my surgeon said that because I was on prednisone it might take a bit longer to heal.  You and I are on similar doses, so that might be the reason for you too.
I think the flu and colds are really going around right now.  I'm relieved to hear that you are recovered from all that.  But it took long enough didn't it.....
Sending you lots of hugs, prayers and positive thoughts sis. 
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus

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   Posted 12/7/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Hippi,

I'm glad to see you are back. I rarely post but do read others often and you have been mised. I'm sorry you have been having such and a rough time and I hope your rheumy can get you back on track soon. Keep us updated.


DX: Kidney Disease, (? Lupus Nephritis) 2002
DX: Raynaud's Phenomenon and Lupus (SLE & Class V Lupus Nephritis) 2005
DX: Anorexia and Hypokalemia 2006
meds: plaquenil, amiloride, klor-con, lovastatin, allorpurinol

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   Posted 12/7/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Hippi, I'm so glad you're back! I completely understand about keeping your head in the sand when sick. I do it too, but call it "going to my lair." My psychologist said it's a defensive mechanism that animals use to allow time to heal. I hope you're feeling better soon! Love, Butterflake 

SLE ('05), depression, diabetes, fibro, gerd, sleep apnea, hypertension, IBS Tx: CellCept, plaquenil, prednisone, lisinopril, actos, lipitor, nexeum,
prozac, seroquel, celebrex, actonel ,arthritis tylenol, neurontin, promethazine, ambien, flexeril, multi vit, C, flaxseed oil, acupuncture    Welcome to lupus where the strange is ordinary and nothing is normal :D

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   Posted 12/7/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I missd you while you were gone when I was here. I haven't been too good at updates myself.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, now cellcept

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   Posted 12/7/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
((((( Hippi ))))) hope you feel better soon. Dry sockets hurt like crazy I had them when I had my wisdom teeth pulled about 12 years ago. I had dental surgery THursday and like you wondered if it would take longer to heal because I am on MTX & Imuran. Update us when you feel up to it, take care sis!
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

DX: Hashimoto's, Celiac Disease, Raynaud's, Lupus and Sjogrens
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid, Folgard OS (B12), Vitamin D-50,000 IU, Darvocet (as needed) and magic mouthwash (for mouth sores)

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   Posted 12/7/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hippi! So glad to hear from you, we were really worried! I hate that you've had such a horrible time! Take it nice and slow! Bless you, Judy

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   Posted 12/9/2008 2:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hippi,. sorry I didn't respond sooner I had my head buried in the sand too. Bless your heart wow you have really gotten hit hard. I knew you must have because after 2 years ya kind of know when someone is missing that long there is a problem Yes Patty has kept us up dated thanks pat! It's nice to hear from you though. It's funny I know you do so much better in the winter and you were so looking forward to it. Now so far you've made it to december sick! It seems like a long time to wait on your rheumy but than I guess you been sick this long. You never got back on your feet since your vacation. I hope you get a little releif for the holiday. It would be so nice to have a gift of health if only for a day.
love you much
Prayers,hopes and dreams!
Possible scleroderma.  stage 4 COPD, sleep apnea, Osteoporosis,osteoarthritis
Prednisone,plaquanil400mg,azythromyacin,vicodin 4x5mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg,Xanax 1.0 x3,Singular,nitro spray, spirivia,aciphex,lasix,inderal,pot.chlor.,B12 

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   Posted 12/9/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the kind words and welcome backs :-) .  I ended up going back to the dentist yesterday and got my dry socket cleaned out and packed with stuff, so hopefully I won't have too much more trouble with it.  Ginny, I think you are right about the healing thing being related to prednisone.  I had other teeth pulled pre lupus and never had trouble.
Butterflake, I like what your therapist said about the defense mechanism of animals - that's how I've been.  You would think that with feeling rotten, I'd have my head out of the sand.
It's a little more challenging to get all the rest I need with the holidays around the corner, but I'm trying to simplify and I did a lot of shopping online.
I think I'll read more posts and try to catch up some more.
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; UC 2008; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Doxepin 25-50mg; Prevacid; Evoxac; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Artificial tears



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   Posted 12/9/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hippi,

Glad you are feeling up to visiting with us....but always remember to put yourself first!


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