Nineteen with Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disorder

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Kathy Jo
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   Posted 4/4/2013 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I am the mother of a nineteen year old daughter that has been struggling for three years with UCTD. She also has a scattered history of ITP. She is currently taking Plaquenil, Cymbalta, Robaxon, and Ambien. All of this and she is trying to go to college. I would love to hear of some possible alternatives to some of these meds. We are just looking for a better quality of life. confused

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   Posted 4/4/2013 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Has the doctor discussed some of the other meds available?
I'm not sure which of these are okay for UCTD but I know they are used for Lupus: MTX, Cellcept, Imuran.
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   Posted 4/4/2013 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
The main  thing is to get the immune system under control.  Of all the meds you listed the only one that does that is plaquinel and that is a very mild treatment.  If your daughters symptoms are more severe or progressing then strong meds are needed.  Prednisone is usually the first one tried because it often works and works quickly.  Another med that is tolerated for long term use is often introduced and prednisone tapered if possible.  There are many different drugs, or combinations of drugs to treat lupus. 
Get a second opinion if the doctor is not being aggressive.  It would be a good idea anyway.  Where do you live?  There are lupus support groups in many cities around the country and it is good to talk to others who have already fought the lupus war.  It is not a hopeless fight.
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Kathy Jo
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   Posted 4/8/2013 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
We live in East Alabama. My daughter hates prednisone. She had bouts with ITP growing up and had to take it. The mood swings and weight gain at a young age has caused her not to ever want to take it again. Couchtater, I have not heard of any of these meds. I will do some research and ask her doctor about them. Thank you
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