My dr. does a slew of blood work every 6 months, and that includes a cbc, vitamin levels, and an autoimmune panel, which is complement, antibodies, dsdna, ana, thryroid, and just about anything he feels like checking off. Is there any chance you could go to a rheumatologist for a workup? It's funny, but I see my family dr, a neurologist and my rheumatologist regularly, and both the PCP and neuro defer to the rheumy. I am blessed because there is a big university teaching hospital with a Lupus research group nearby and that was how I found my specialists. I argue against bloodwork and get lectured that since it is the nature of AI that titres come and go, that it is important to still keep doing the bloodwork to monitor disease activity. I take prednisone and amytriptyline, too. And am grateful my meds help so much. Take care and keep us posted,
ps. hope everyone on the US eastern seaboard is weathering the storm safely.
God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Degenerative Osteoarthritis, Asthma
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, meloxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily. (20-40mg prn), Vit. B12 2400 mcgs, Vit D 1000U and Ambien every night. Advair, Albuterol and DuoNeb inhalers.