How often do you visit your Rheumy to monitor your Lupus

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   Posted 8/9/2018 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I saw my Rheumy yesterday and everything seems to be going well. I am on top of my Lupus and the blood tests that I had done all looked good...prior to this visit the last time I had seen him was THREE months ago.

One thing he said annoyed me and that was that he wanted to see me again in FOUR months, which would mean more blood tests and his fee. I told him I would see him in Six months but I'm not even happy about that. I have other issues and at this rate will be spending most of my time visiting the hospital. I have a life to live and want to live it.

I think its his way of gaining a regular fee from his patients.

How often do you see your Rheumy.

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   Posted 8/9/2018 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Poppy. I also see my Rhuemy about every 4 months and I do labs every 3 months. I believe I have labs every 3 months to check my liver since I am taking methotrexate . All my labs have been good and I haven't had to take any prednisone in 7 months. I'm hoping to get off the methotrexate and then maybe I won't have to do labs and see him as often.

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   Posted 8/10/2018 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Labs should be done quarterly to check liver function if you are taking Plaquenil as well.

Melissa D.
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   Posted 8/10/2018 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
For your Rheumatologist to ask to see you every 3 to 4 months is not uncalled for, that is normal protocol for lupus. A good specialist does not need to find reasons have patients come back as most good doctors are turning patients away because they are overloaded with requests. I see my rheumatologist anywhere from every 6 weeks to every 3 months depending on my disease activity and I drive 200 miles each way to his office.

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   Posted 8/16/2018 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry for the late reply..I forgot I posted this!...that's Lupus for you!!

Thanks everyone for your comments and I will bear that in mind.
Stopped smoking Jan 2013. Diagnosed Left sided UC, 8th Feb 2014.
Gluten, Dairy, Sulfite, Salicylate, and Histamine intolerant.
Home FMT treatment in July 2016 to ward off reoccurrence of C DIfficile.
Failed Pentasa, Azathioprine and finally Methotextrate due to allergies/intolerance. Taking Humira. Have finally come off Prednisone Yay!!!
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