Posted 6/9/2007 12:57 PM (GMT -7)
You need a doctor to look after your overall health and a rheumy for lupus.  I have an internist, 2 rheumys, and several other specialists to treat various conditions that have resulted.
A rheumy will have the most experience and best chance to treat lupus successfully.
If your insurance prevents this then you have to make the best choice...decide if lupus is the overriding health concern and find the very best doctor to treat that.  That is usually a rheumy.
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's syndrome.
Meds: prednisone (7mg & tapering), 150mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."  Helen Keller

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