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MissLadybug
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 261
   Posted 5/1/2012 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
So, today will be my 3rd week on Methotrexate...still at 2 pills/week because I've had issues which make it hard to determine if I'm having side effects or not.

I recently got labs back that showed the following:

-A/G Ratio- 2.2 (NORM=1.0-2.1)
-Cortisol-1.9 (NORM A/M= 4.0-22.0) (NORM P/M=3.0-17.0)
-C3- 81 (NORM=90-180)
-C4- 12 (16-47)
-Urine- MACRO
*Color- Dk Yellow
*Clarity- Turbid
*Protein- 2+
*Blood- 2+
*Leukocyte Esterase- 2+
-Urine-MICRO
*WBC/HPF- 20-40
*RBC/HPF- 40-60
*Squamous Eithelial/HPF- 10-20
*Bacteria/HPF- Many(>50)
*Mucous Threads/HPF- Moderate
*Creatinine,Urine- 468 (NORM=20--320)

I have had repeat labs since and am waiting for the results. I do not have any symptoms of a UTI but that is what my dr thinks it is. I have also never had Creatinine in my urine before despite having had UTI's in the past. So, I am curious if this might be a combo of infection/kidney inflammation due to lupus? The cortisol level was very low despite being on 7.5mg of Prednisone so my dr bumped it up to 10mg a day until I can see the Endocrinologist in June.

My symptoms lately have been fatigue, no appetite, nausea(mild and only sometimes),weakness, brain fog, dizziness, anxiety, rashes, mood swings,feeling off/"numb" feeling, etc. I believe the anxiety is related to the low cortisol.

Just curious as to what you guys might think on this and if anyone has had these kind of test results, symptoms,etc?

If the MTX doesn't work they want to try Benlysta....

Thanks. -Lupie LadyBug
*LadyBug*- Epilepsy Dx: 2003 & UCTD w/SLE features Dx: 2009 SLE/Lupus Dx: May 12th 2011--Current Meds:
Plaquenil-200mg 2x/day
Prednisone-7.5mg 1x/day
Methotrexate- 2.5mg 3pills 1x/week
Keppra-750mg 2x/day
Daily Vitamin-1x/day
Folic Acid- 1mg 1x/day
Protonix 40mg 1x/day
Bentyl- 10mg 4x/day, Miralax- 17g 1x/day
Vit. D 800IU's 1x/day
Lyrica- 75mg 1x/day
Flonase 50mcg 2 sprays each 1x/day

Wanna know my story, just ask!

*Lord_Walters_Lady* <3

couchtater
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 5/1/2012 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Your urinalysis sounds like my kidney infection I was hit with. My only symptoms were mild back pains and peeing every two hours.
Take the antibiotics.
Joy

MissLadybug
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 261
   Posted 5/1/2012 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I had been told Creatinine shouldn't show up in the urine with a kidney infection....and I don't have antibiotics yet because we haven't gotten the repeat labs back yet.
*LadyBug*- Epilepsy Dx: 2003 & UCTD w/SLE features Dx: 2009 SLE/Lupus Dx: May 12th 2011--Current Meds:
Plaquenil-200mg 2x/day
Prednisone-7.5mg 1x/day
Methotrexate- 2.5mg 3pills 1x/week
Keppra-750mg 2x/day
Daily Vitamin-1x/day
Folic Acid- 1mg 1x/day
Protonix 40mg 1x/day
Bentyl- 10mg 4x/day, Miralax- 17g 1x/day
Vit. D 800IU's 1x/day
Lyrica- 75mg 1x/day
Flonase 50mcg 2 sprays each 1x/day

Wanna know my story, just ask!

*Lord_Walters_Lady* <3

MissLadybug
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 261
   Posted 5/4/2012 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
So, we got the repeat labs back yesterday and everything is now normal minus a few bacteria and the protein level....it went from a 2+ to a 1+ though so it did go down some. Any ideas?
*LadyBug*- Epilepsy Dx: 2003 & UCTD w/SLE features Dx: 2009 SLE/Lupus Dx: May 12th 2011--Current Meds:
Plaquenil-200mg 2x/day
Prednisone-7.5mg 1x/day
Methotrexate- 2.5mg 3pills 1x/week
Keppra-750mg 2x/day
Daily Vitamin-1x/day
Folic Acid- 1mg 1x/day
Protonix 40mg 1x/day
Bentyl- 10mg 4x/day, Miralax- 17g 1x/day
Vit. D 800IU's 1x/day
Lyrica- 75mg 1x/day
Flonase 50mcg 2 sprays each 1x/day

Wanna know my story, just ask!

*Lord_Walters_Lady* <3
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