the good, the bad, and the ugly

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redrose77
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   Posted 11/20/2007 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, my rheumy apointment went okay. I don't have to return until April 15 unless something happens because I will be seeing a doctor every 2 weeks and then every week until the baby is born. That is the good.
 
The bad, my reynauds is worse so she wrote a script for procardia but I have to clear it with my high risk doctor. Since they usually give me procardia beginning at 28 weeks for contractions and blood pressure he may approve it or write for something else.
 
The ugly, my husband has to begin plaquenil because she suspects his rheumatism is morphing into rheumatoid arthritis. I can honestly say he doesn't need this. But if it gets his problem controlled now and stops future damage then this is for the best.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, pregnant due May 2008
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Darvocet, Singulair, Flexeril, Baby Asprin,Prednisone


okie
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   Posted 11/21/2007 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Redrose, things must be going fairly well wthan if your rheumy doesn't want to see you again anytime soon. I'm so sorry your hubby has to go thru all of this. Hopfully the meds will make him more comfortable though and help him to get around better.
Do you usually get sick alot when you are pregnant? I'm not trying to scare you but I know someone that has lupus and she started having problems with her first baby. After the second one she had to have her legs amputated. Now the Lupus is attacking the ends of her fingers. Her husband swears that she wouldn't have gotten this sick had she not gotten pregnant. I don't have any idea. I was just wondering.
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Lupus like symptoms, with pbc symptoms,but of course that is subject to change in a moments notice! End Stage COPD w/CHF, Cervical Cancer survivor.  Osteoporosis,osteoarthritis
Prednisone,Plaquanil800mg,vicodin 3x5mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg, HCTZ25/Triamterene37.5mg,Xanax x3 
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redrose77
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   Posted 11/21/2007 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I have an incompetent cervix, preterm contractions, and blood pressure issues usually beginning around 26-28 weeks when pregnant. I am officially in remission as far as the lupus goes. Other than the BP issues caused by medications (pred.) this pregnancy has begun much easier than the others, there has been no bleeding and no IV fluids for severe dehydration. I am being watched by a regular OB and a Maternal Fetal Medicine doc. I see someone every 2 weeks, more often if needed. I will be watched like a hawk and if problems develop after 32 weeks I will be delivered immediately. Before that it depends on the problem. For now they are watching my BP carefully and I will likely have to take medication for it. Since my raynauds is acting up it will likely be procardia but the high risk doc is going to decide that today. The biggest risk for mom and baby when mom has lupus if her kidney function is normal is if she gets pregnant during a flare, second is getting pregnant when her disease is not in remission. I wouldn't worry overly much about me, both my husband and the doctors are of the attitude my health is most important now. If things got ugly they would terminate the pregnancy before allowing me to become worse/be harmed by the issues that might crop up. I was in full flare during all my other pregnancies and I came out without serious harm. I did develop pericarditis with one, but the baby was 8lbs 6oz and I was measuring 46 weeks pregnant instead of 36 (what I had been dated in the first trimester by ultrasound) so they suspect it may have been because of the pressure from her size because I am built with little room between ribs and hips. I may require a C-section this time around but if I do I have the best doctors and will be at a very very good hospital. I have really good primary insurance that is paying for all the tests, ultrasounds, and doctor visits this time around. Last time I barely had a regular OB doc. But I need to lay down again, I am on partial bedrest for now. Full bedrest is set to begin in January. The bedrest now is because of my BP.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, pregnant due May 2008
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Darvocet, Singulair, Flexeril, Baby Asprin,Prednisone


cured4real?
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   Posted 11/21/2007 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope you feel better and happy thanksgiving redrose!
Love, Marji
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn

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