Hi all, just got back from the dr. He ran all my bloodwork again and here's the results. ANA- positive, speckled pattern. RF- Positive, Epstein-Barr- Positive, Anti-Dsdna- negative. Everthing else looks great. My kidneys and liver are functioning perfectly so that is a huge load off my mind, since I've been taking medciation with tylenol in it for almost two years. He's holding back a lupus diagnosis because the bloodwork isn't definitive, even though I now have 6 of 11 criteria. I'm not real hung up on getting a dx, I already tell people that I have Lupus and leave it at that unless they ask. He did say that I have definite AI issues, it will be with me for the rest of my life, I will have good days and bad days and that's just the way it's going to be. I'm doing much better since starting a daily dose of pred, but really worried about
gaining weight, my joints have enough to deal with. He asked me if I wanted to see another Rheumy, just in case at some point we wanted to go to IV meds like methotrexate or something else, but we are so limited in our choice of doctors up here in the mountains. It's a two hour drive to ATL, I re3ally couldn't stand the last Rheumy I had and have yet to find a single person locally who even like their Rheumy. So for now, anyhow, I think I'll pass. PCP seemed okay with that, but I think he's going to start looking anyway, just in case. So, that's the run down, I hope everyone is well. God Bless.
PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol, Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab. Prednisone 15mg daily added 03/09. Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6. Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.