Infection and MTX

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MissLadybug
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   Posted 5/22/2012 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
So I've had a scratchy/burning/irritated throat that's made it tickle and makes me want to cough for the past 3 days. This morning I woke up(slept a little longer than usual too)with a slight headache and pressure in my face. My daughter has sinusitis she's on Omnicef for currently and so I'm wondering if it might be that. Then again I get these types of symptoms with Lupus before a flare, the potential adrenal insufficiency I have going on and prednisone withdrawals although I shouldn't be having those because i'm on 10mg of it a day at present.

I started MTX what will be 6 weeks ago after my dose tonight. I guess my question is(since I think it's helped the lupus a little recently)how will I be able to tell if it's an infection vs any of the other things I mentioned or when to go to the dr? I only ever get "low grade" fevers. My temp is usually in the 97s so a low grade of 99s is higher for me. I just don't know how to tell the difference from anything anymore since the problems with cortisol,etc. I don't see the Endo till June 6th and the rheumy again till the end of this month.

Also, I know I have to take the MTX because you can't just stop taking meds like that but is it going to make the infection or whatever this is worse having to take it tonight knowing the next few days I will feel bad from it? Or will it mask it all and I won't know anything?? lol....I'm just so confused and don't know what my body is doing anymore. My menstrual cycle stopped last month and I've read it can be from MTX and prednisone changes them...but I'm also on the IUD Mirena birth control which can do that too and I've had that since Jan 2011...so...as I said I know nothing about me anymore!! Anyone else feel that way?? I hope you all are well. Take care and God Bless and thanks for letting me vent lol

*hugs* -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 4 pills 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

Lynnwood
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   Posted 5/22/2012 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
The normal rule of thumb for most people for cold/sinus issues is 5 days and if it's not better see a Dr. With Lupus, it's important that we stick to that rule no matter what else is going on. If the throat continues to irritate and the sinus issues worsen, after 4 days see the Dr the 5th day.

I waited a bit longer on what seemed to be a really mild sinus-like cold-like thing, and it turned into bronchitis without me noticing anything more than fevers & extra fatgiue. You don't want that to happen!

Your meds are designed to quiet the immune system, since with Lupus it is overactive. So when something really is going on, symptoms are masked/muted somewhat and can be overlooked. It's a fine line sometimes, but the 4-5 day rule is a good one -- if not getting noticeably better, see Dr.
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MissLadybug
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 261
   Posted 5/22/2012 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay, thanks that is a good rule of thumb to have!

So today would be day 4 then I believe.
*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 4 pills 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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