What next...? Need some advice PLEASE

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   Posted 2/11/2013 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
After having worked only three days in past three weeks, gone from one flare right into another, three day iv solumedrol, and changes in meds (taken off Placqunil and put on 15 mg methotrexate , 20 mg prednisone and 1 mg folate along with 1200 mg daily dose of gabapentin,, I ran a low grade fever ranging from 99.6-99.8 for about twelve hrs and am now experiencing strong bouts of coughing. I'm suppose to see rheumy Wednesday morn.
Should I be concerned or is it probably nothing. Suppose to return back to hospital rounds on thurs. I'm beginning to think my dr is gonna think I have just lost it...

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   Posted 2/11/2013 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
You might have just caught a cold. Wait and see.
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   Posted 2/11/2013 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
It isn't unusual for Lupus patients to run low-grade fevers, so I wouldn't worry too much about that. Coughing isn't usually a lupus symptom, if it's painful for the chest, maybe do something sooner. Otherwise, Wed is real close and you can tell your rheumy about all of this.

Don't really understand the bit about "return to hosp rounds on thurs" -- are you a med student or something?
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   Posted 2/12/2013 4:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for responses. I'll check with dr on weds and hope this passes quickly......
Lynwood, I'm an RN and set to return back to work thurs.

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   Posted 2/13/2013 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Well returned to Rheumy today. He heard the cough and has started my on zpak for next five days. Told me to hold off with dose of methotrexate today till I have finished antibiotic. Also added back the Placqunil . Even though on antibiotic he said I can return back to work tomorrow. Wish me luck....don't want a repeat of last three weeks....
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