Well, my blood test for the specific lupus signs was not done until 4 weeks AFTER my last Humira injection. The anti-dsDNA antibodies were gone by then. My C3 Complement was still low indicating I still had some lingering inflammation from the lupus antibodies effect on me. I officially was diagnosed with Remicade induced lupus 6 months after I started that. I continued to take it for another 2 years with a diagnosis of "diffuse connective tissue disease." Since the reaction I had to Humira was so severe, both the GI and rheumy said "no more." My rheumy said that I don't have to continue with the every 6 week lupus blood tests since I have stopped the biologics. I guess if the next one shows that I have a normal C3 Complement, then I will lose the connective tissue disease diagnosis.
In defense of my GI - I basically called and told them what I thought was wrong - that I had serum sickness. They wanted me to go to the ER and I did not want to go because the hospital I have to go to would definitely not know what to do with me [as shown by my visit there the following week.] I did call and leave a message for my rheumy about
what was going on. I asked to speak with the nurse and the receptionist said to give her the message and she would pass it on to the nurse. When I was at the rheumy's office Tuesday, there was a new receptionist. Come to find out the other one was fired because she would take calls from patients and not pass them on. My rheumy said had he known what was going on he would have brought me right in. Henceforth I shall call his office if something like this happens again.
My rheumy is so cool - he has every Wed morning off. He is coming in next Wed morning just to ultrasound my ankle. He wants to see if the bone fragment is reattaching and how much joint effusion remains. Seven weeks in this cast and I still have a LOT of swelling. He also said he wants to talk to me some more about
my cardiac symptoms. Apparently there is some problem and there are two possible causes - the lupus event or the actual medication. He said regardless, he has to report the problem to the company because they are tracking these things. I am a little freaked out by all this.
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CD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, small fiber peripheral neuropathy, avascular necrosis, diffuse connective tissue disease, Sjogren's Syndrome ?