Posted 12/17/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)
Nicole ((((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))). I'm so relieved for you and so encouraged! You were heard. It sounds like things are going to really start moving ahead. I'm very glad that the rheumatologist wants to see you before treatment is started. That's really important. Your symptoms won't be masked by anything. Prednisone works very quickly.
That SSA test is probably the SS-A/RO antibody. If you google that, a lot comes up. Here is a summery I copied from a website...
Patients with these antibodies more often have extraglandular disease including vasculitis, purpura, lymphadenopathy, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, hypergammaglobulinemia, and the presence of rheumatoid factor
The words I highlighted in bold, are conditions I have along with the lupus.
Take it as easy as you can till Tuesday. Keep writing things down. I'm so encouraged for you Nicole!
Lots O love
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