Met with my rheumy yesterday. Thankfully the Prednisone is helping to dramatically reduce the swelling in legs and hands. I also had a biopsy done from chunk of my hand….not fun.
He said in two weeks they will know the results. I am assuming they are looking to see if it Sclero or Lupus? Is that possible to distinguish between the two based of biopsy of swollen area? Based on that finding he will most likely start me on Cellcept rather than the Methotrexate because metho has been known to cause mouth ulcers…which I have oh so luckily been blessed with.
Doctor also said it is not uncommon for people to go into remission with drugs like cellcept and metho so I guess that is promising.
One question. Are immosuppresant drugs always required or is Prednisone + plaque nil sometimes enough to keep things in check? Does this disease always progress into Sclero or Lupus or can it remain as it is? Such a confusing and frustrating thing.
Is Prednisone considered to be an immunosuppresent drug and if so at what dose does it become/remain one?
Also, my RNP levels were not going higher…however they have not gone lower so I guess that is a wash. Is an RNP level of 2.9 considered high? Can that go down?
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