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   Posted 12/29/2013 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I have had a positive RNP in 2010 I have always since my childhood remember growing up with the pain. So I have many issues that could all be related to one thing. I was taken off prednisone and put on plaqunil with in 1 month of starting I was in sever pain and had to go back on higher dose of prednisone. I was looking to see if there is anything else like ivig that people tried & if insurance paid for it. I also have had a PE in 2000. I'm on Coumadin forever so I'm limited as to what I can take.
I was also told to look into taking a herbal MSM? Anyone heard of that?
Does anyone have any suggestions for me.

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   Posted 12/30/2013 4:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm new to the drugs of lupus but I'm sure someone will be on here soon to answer your questions.
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   Posted 12/30/2013 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what a "herbal MSM" is. Plaquenil is the medication used to help inhibit Lupus, Prednisone is one of the steroidal anti-inflammatory meds used to decrease inflammation (& this pain).

Do you see a rheumotologist? Have you been diagnosed with Lupus?

I don't recall seeing anyone restricted to a subset of the normal Lupus meds (plaquenil, prednisone, cellcept, imuran, mtx) because of coumadin -- however if you are going to try non-traditional medicine be sure to consult your coumadin prescriber to make sure you don't end up in trouble.

With more information perhaps we can generate more suggestions.
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   Posted 12/30/2013 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Herbal MSM is another unproven treatment. More like old fashioned snake oil since it has been recommended for lots of diseases and conditions with no proof it is effective.

Personally, I would be leery of anything like this because there are no standards or controls over what it contains. If you have MCTD traditional meds usually work although all have side effects ranging from minor nuisances to really serious. However, I would take them to control the disease knowing how powerful and complicated and life threatening MCTD can be in some cases like mine.

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