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    Just took my second dose of mtx last night...

    Just took my second dose of mtx last night (Monday).
    Last week i was pretty much fine on Tuesday, terrible fatigue Weds and Thurs, that never really went away. So, my nurse suggested I bump up the...
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    I'm with Phyllis - gatorade (G2 for me - it's low...

    I'm with Phyllis - gatorade (G2 for me - it's low carb) is really good at cutting thirst. I also like Crystal Light (or its generic alternatives) there are lots of good flavors. I will sometimes top...
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    I, too, have constant pain in my hip joints,...

    I, too, have constant pain in my hip joints, right at the top of the thigh. Kind of a steady, dull ache that occasionally flares into sharper pain. My rheumatologist ascribes it to a type of...
  4. thanks, everyone, for the good wishes and support...

    thanks, everyone, for the good wishes and support - it means a great deal to me!
    I had two really bad days Weds and Thurs - stayed home, worked a little, did a lot of "DirecTV therapy" (gotta love...
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    thanks for the support, everybody! took the meth...

    thanks for the support, everybody!
    took the meth monday night, had NO nausea yesterday, just kinda tired.
    last nite was rough though -- just a lot of pain, took some prescrip painkillers that made...
  6. Thanks Rob and Amanda. Good news is I got...

    Thanks Rob and Amanda.
    Good news is I got through the first day of meth with no adverse effects! Let's hope it stays that way when the dose goes up.
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    my rheumatologist doesn't like prednisone much -...

    my rheumatologist doesn't like prednisone much - in my case, he won't even consider it because I'm diabetic and it plays heck with blood sugar. Despite the nasty side effects, he thinks methotrexate...
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    the meth bottle is in front of me...

    and I'm trying to get up the nerve to take it. Doc has me starting on 10 mg (4x2.5) tabs for two weeks, then cranking up to 15. I've had it for more than a week, but didn't want to take while i was...
  9. not really new, but been off forums for a while

    Like oh, 6 months or so! Got kinda busy, had lots of marital problems, and had the lupus pretty much knocked down with plaquenil. But that's not the case any more, and I'm sitting here with my bottle...
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    You might look into Imitrex -- it can be taken as...

    You might look into Imitrex -- it can be taken as tablet or injectable, and it's a pretty proven drug. My wife takes it a lot -- it's the only one she's found that works for her.

    Sidebar: She...
  11. Leaann, The other posters (esp Grime) are...

    Leaann,
    The other posters (esp Grime) are on-target, I think. We men say a lot of things to guys that 'ain't necessarily so'. Even more importantly, it sounds like this was a very hypothetical...
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    Sooo, most of the rest of my labs are in...ANA...

    Sooo, most of the rest of my labs are in...ANA positive again, and titer was 'low positive' -- 1:160.

    On the other hand, sedimentation rate seemed normal, and nothing else jumped out of the tests...
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    Chriss, you're a stone-cold fox/babe/hottie in...

    Chriss,
    you're a stone-cold fox/babe/hottie in ALL of them! Think of it this way - the changes in facial shape just add variety. It's like those Doritos that have two flavors in one bag!


    Brian
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    I've been fighting foot issues for...

    I've been fighting foot issues for years...orthotics, splints, cortisone, finally had shockwave on both heels a year ago. It helped one foot, did little on the other. And insurance I have now won't...
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    We're all here to help, listen and do whatever...

    We're all here to help, listen and do whatever else we can from a distance.

    Everyone's lupus experience is unique, but you'll find that what you're going through is very similar to what others are...
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    I'm with Phyllis -- my recc would be to try to...

    I'm with Phyllis -- my recc would be to try to get into one of the big med centers with a good rheumatology program. They often use a 'team' approach that's a lot more holistic, and they tend (at...
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    Glad to hear your schnauzer is okay! Ours is...

    Glad to hear your schnauzer is okay! Ours is healed up from her spaying and is crazier than ever - probably the most playful dog I've ever known. Just a bundle of personality!

    Got my labs and hip...
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    Thanks to all of you for the great messages and...

    Thanks to all of you for the great messages and support. David, I like your 'kick it in the butt' attitude!

    Things got better last nite - I gathered up enough energy to make a good dinner, and...
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    dealing with spouses

    Okay, I know it's mostly women on this board, which I think is a good thing.

    Because I need help dealing w/my wife. For the most part, she's great, but the last few days she's been really...
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    Hi Larz, I've been on an old statin -...

    Hi Larz,
    I've been on an old statin - lovastatin - for years. My cholesterol wasn't that high, but w/diabetes, they don't like to take chances, so it's kind of automatic to go on a statin and a bp...
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    Jana, thanks for the kind words and the tip on...

    Jana,
    thanks for the kind words and the tip on the hand warmers - I know exactly what you mean and have used them before, so I'll give them a try.

    It's funny how my hips are the only...
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    Thanks all of you for the supportive (as always!)...

    Thanks all of you for the supportive (as always!) and caring posts. Makes it much easier to get through this cr## knowing y'all are pulling for me and everyone else on here.
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    Wow

    Man o man, Rob...I feel for you. I'm really sorry to hear about this latest development. It is encouraging that there's a treatment available. As my granddad used to say, 'you don't need brain...
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    First ever rheumatologist appt

    Finally got to the rheumatologist today at Duke. I was very impressed -- for those of you who don't know, Duke is one of the biggest med centers in the country, on a scale of Mayo, Cleveland Clinic,...
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    hey ritz, i'm sorry to hear you're having a...

    hey ritz,
    i'm sorry to hear you're having a rough week...and just as sorry to hear that you find Grapes of Wrath boring! :) Stick with it, though - it's a great book. And you know what -if you're...
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