I kind of agree with Maud; it seems more and more diseases are being classified as autoimmune. I was diagnosed with leukocytoclastic vasculitis almost 6 years ago. Just this past fall, a biopsy I had show "signs of diploid lupus". The biopsy was taken by my dermatologist. When I saw my rheumatologist, he started wondering if maybe the LCV was related. Personally, I just think I am starting to fall apart! I went through a bunch of different things during the past year that were not normal for me (irregular period--could be the beginnings of menopause, ringworm that turned out to not be ringworm, rashes on my face, etc). I seem to have creams for every conceivable rash and splotch on my body!
--Mom of bratcat (16 years old)--
bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Asacol - 3 pills/3Xday, 5 mg prednisone, 2 tabs 6-mp
11/14/06 - started prednisone; 1/28/07 - finished prednisone!
3/3/07 - began to taper off hydrocortisone sloowwly! Summer 2007 - slowly began tapering Rowasa. 9/07 -- flaring? Nightly Rowasa. 9/21/07 -- added hydrocortisone enemas. 9/30/07--added prednisone. 10/31--started 6-mp, stopped the enemas. Started lowering prednisone.