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   Posted 11/12/2006 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
And i whine a lot, but now I am sick.  I have a cold, hopefully nothing more than that.  Low grade temp.  Cough, sore throat, sneeze... I am supposed to take my MTX on Tuesday.  If i still have this but it isn't bad can I still take it or do I not?  What a pain this is.  My poor boy was sick last week, got better, and is sick again too.  How in the world do I try to avoid sick people?  everyone is sick this time of the year....
Since I am now dx'ed with an autoimmune disorder is it important that I let my son's pediatrician know too.  He isn't gaining weight and is always sick too...

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   Posted 11/13/2006 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
theresa, i say when in doubt, ask! so dont feel bad. i dont want to give advice on the mtx thingy, maybe someone else will. so you take something to boost your immune system? i think folic acid does a little of that? i would phone either ur pcp or rhuemmy which ever is easier to get a respnse from or i often asl my pharmicist questions too!

as far as your son goes, our history is always important to share with our childrens doctors. as far as his growth goes, they are watching it trust me my daaughters are little things and they are old. my youngest went to and endocrinologist when she didnt grow for years and all they did was watch her and finally she grew. are you little? i was hehehehehehehe am short and so is my hubby kinda but he would say not heheheheh well i g2g someone needs the computer before school byes and good luck

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   Posted 11/13/2006 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Theresa,  don't feel bad about asking questions.  It's the people who don't question that you need to worry about.  With respect mtx and illness, like Yalinda, I'm not qualified to advise you what to do.  I can share with you, however, what my strategy so far has been.  I've been taking enbrel for 8 months, and recently started mtx.  Went to primary last week and was dx with a sinus infection.  I started antibiotics.  I asked her point blank if I should continue with the enbrel and mtx.  She said she saw no reason not to because I didn't register a fever (over 101 degrees) in her office.  I did do my enbrel injection on Saturday, and everything is fine.  I plan on taking my mtx on Wednesday.  I won't take it, or I will call my rheumy and ask, if I still feel really bad.  I think you really should ask your doctor about this.  I've been on antibiotics for 4 days now, and I don't feel much better than before I started them.  Enbrel and mtx could possibly slow down the recovery period.  Mtx lowers your WBC, so it could take longer for your body to fight infections.  I'm considering the flu shot for this year--I have young children as well, who are currently in preschool and bring home all kinds of germs.  In fact, I'm sure I caught a cold from them that evolved into a sinus infection for me. 


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan

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   Posted 11/13/2006 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
hi bloo,
so sorry you're feeling so badly.  the rule of thumb is NO TNF DRUGS (Enbrel, Humira, Remicade) if you have a fever.  for meds like MTX and Imuran if you're sick with a bad cold...most times the doc will say to continue the MTX but do not take the TNF injections. so?...call the doc & ask if you should take it.  he may say hold it if you have a high fever, or he may say take it it's fine, or he may want to see you!
so do call & ask. it's a quick call & question and you'll know for future reference too!
i was really sick with a fever & nose/throat....and i couldn't take the Humira, but the rheummy said still take the Imuran. so it's your doc's call!
how old is you son?  sometimes it is quite normal for a kid in grammer school to seem to be always sick! i mean, kids pick up everything! so getting a virus every few months or every month when the flu season is right...could be expected.
and not gaining weight?  is he supposed to be gaining a lot of weight?  is he losing? is he eating?  not gaining weight can be normal as well.  in fact, there can be a plateau in height and weight that lasts over a year between ages 7 and 10.  also, if he's becoming more active in sports & activities...he can be losing some baby fat.
i'm sure your ped. is assessing him closely at each visit. no?
what brought on your concern with this?
take good care, erin
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures. MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions; Intra-articular knee injections; Imuran; Mesalamine; Prednisone; Meclizine; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Restaril; Dilaudid; Avinza and too many others. 

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