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Board: Bowel Disorders 10-12-2011, 08:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,051
Posted By teachergirl64
crohn's and lab values

I was diagnosed with crohns and inflammatory arthritis 2 years ago. I currently take imuran and Entocort. My last routine labs showed the usual anemia but my white blood count was over 22000. My...
Board: Blood and Blood Vessel 06-30-2008, 07:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,240
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: what is protime suppose to be

If you've had a clot and are on coumadin, your PT should be between 2 and 3. If it's too high, you are at risk for serious bleeding. If it's too low, you are at risk of another clot. If your doc...
Board: Arthritis 06-25-2008, 04:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,675
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: cant take any imflamatories

I can't take any of them, either. I have rice packs made from cotton socks filled with rice and then sewed shut. They can be placed in the microwave and heated for a minute or two. The rice steams...
Board: Lupus 06-19-2008, 04:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,503
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Can lupus effect your pap smear?

I am HPV negative. My husband and I were virgins when we married and have not been with other people. There just simply isn't a way I could have HPV, you know? I asked my OBGYN this morning and he...
Board: Lupus 06-13-2008, 04:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,503
Posted By teachergirl64
Can lupus effect your pap smear?

I've had enough lupus criteria to have been diagnosed forever but my ANA was never positive until this past December. I have been diagnosed with RA. I know both diseases are systemic and am...
Board: Lupus 06-13-2008, 04:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 19,648
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Positive ANA, inconclusive anti-ds-dna....please help

I found what the different ANA patterns meant and here's what it said about yours. The Homogenous pattern is very specific to lupus and requires dsDNA, ssDNA and anti-Smith for further evaluation ...
Board: Arthritis 06-04-2008, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,613
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Frustrated!!! New to board.

MTX can really help slow this disease down. You take it once a week, either in pills or by injection. YOu'll take daily folic acid to help with side effects. It's not a bad drug and one I've taken...
Board: Arthritis 06-04-2008, 10:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,008
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Plaquenil

Plaquenil is the mildest DMARD and the one I started with. I took it with MTX. I wound up not being able to take it. Has your husband tried Imuran? I was afraid of it for a long time and still...
Board: Arthritis 06-01-2008, 08:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,220
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Methotrexate?

I didn't have any reaction-just nausea and dizziness after taking it. I also got mouth ulcers and my hair thinned horribly. I took folic acid daily and also took plaquenil. It takes about 12 weeks...
Board: Arthritis 06-01-2008, 04:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,220
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Methotrexate?

The best way to take MTX is to eat something rich in carbs like a handful of cheese crackers or something along those lines, take the MTX and go to bed. You'll sleep through the worst of it. I took...
Board: Arthritis 05-30-2008, 04:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 36,596
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: when is the best time to take prednisone?

Unless directed otherwise, take it ALL in the morning because it will make you stay wide awake at night. Also be sure to eat something with it because it will make your tummy hurt if you don't.
Board: Arthritis 05-25-2008, 12:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,840
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Need Help Please-just Diagnosed With Ra

Yes, I've heard of it, but never taken it. It's one of the treatments for nerve pain. I take Lyrica for the muscles pain of fibromyalgia and it's in the same family of drugs. Be sure to take the...
Board: Arthritis 05-25-2008, 03:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 36,492
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: what is the grinding sound in my knees when i bend down

Ryan, the injection has worn off. ;) It relieved the inflammation causing the tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon) and it healed. More than likely you got a steroid injection. They just last a...
Board: Arthritis 05-24-2008, 01:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,840
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Need Help Please-just Diagnosed With Ra

You may have some peripheral neuropathy going on in your feet. Mine will feel very hot and turn red at times, as well. Putting them in cool water or resting them on something cool will help. I...
Board: Arthritis 05-23-2008, 04:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,840
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Need Help Please-just Diagnosed With Ra

There are resources out there to help pay for the drugs if your primary doc will prescribe them. Unfortunately. I am not allowed to tell you about them on this board. Most drug manufacturers will...
Board: Arthritis 05-23-2008, 12:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,840
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Need Help Please-just Diagnosed With Ra

I didn't realize you hadn't seem a rheumatologist yet. A DMARD is a disease modifying drug that will help slow down the damage from the RA. It is overwhelming at first. Doctors tend to treat...
Board: Arthritis 05-22-2008, 06:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,840
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Need Help Please-just Diagnosed With Ra

Be sure you are eating something or drinking milk with the prednisone. I just finished a burst and taper myself. Sometime you just need an extra boost to be able to keep going. If the nerve pain...
Board: Arthritis 05-22-2008, 02:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,840
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Need Help Please-just Diagnosed With Ra

I also have RA and sometimes you can have neuropathy to go along with the RA. I have found that when the treatment for RA is working well, I don't notice it as much. Sometimes though it will just...
Board: Arthritis 05-18-2008, 04:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,147
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Any Insight On Test Results

I don't know about arthritis causing a fracture but rheumatoid arthritis can erode the joint away and weaken it. Your RF is high and your CCP is very high. CCP is 97% positive for RA. Good luck...
Board: Anemia 05-16-2008, 09:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,633
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Iron supplement question

Flowergirl, he just prescribed 1 pill a day(325 mg ferrous sulfate). My hemoglobin/hemocrit are tottering on the low edge of normal and my RBC is normal. I'll ask about the other kind of iron...
Board: Anemia 05-16-2008, 05:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,633
Posted By teachergirl64
Iron supplement question

My iron level is 13 L (30-336), saturation 4 % (20-55%) and my ferritin is 25.9. My doctor started me on Ferrous Sulfate. I've had constant diarrhea for the past 24 hours. I believe I'd rather be...
Board: Arthritis 05-10-2008, 05:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 12,307
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Lyrica Side Effects/benefits

I have RA and fibro and take Lyrica. I can only take it at night since it makes me loopy and very sleepy. It helps calm the muscles down so I can sleep for a few hours. I feel better on it than...
Board: Arthritis 05-10-2008, 05:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,507
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: The Start of Symptoms?

I agree. Go back to rheum who diagnosed RA and get re-evaluated since you are having symptoms now.
Board: Arthritis 04-24-2008, 07:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,310
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Rheumatoid Arthritis???

Lori, did a rheumatologist diagnose RA? The reason I ask is that diagnosis made by a regular doctor must be confirmed before it's really official. UC also has a component of joint pain. If you...
Board: Arthritis 04-21-2008, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,310
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Rheumatoid Arthritis???

The locking up of your joints after sitting for periods of time is called gelling. RA does have a genetic component to it but unless your pain is bilateral, that is the same joint on both sides of...
Board: Arthritis 04-20-2008, 07:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,531
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Prednisone

I am also diabetic and was given the choice of starting insulin or getting off prednisone and increasing my oral meds. I told my PCP that I couldn't move without it. He said he knew and it was my...
Board: Arthritis 04-19-2008, 04:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,531
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Prednisone

Unfortunately, Bella, the moon face just goes with prednisone use. I'd talk to my doctor about gradually lowering the dose and finally getting off completely. I have RA and finally got off of it...
Board: Arthritis 04-19-2008, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,384
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: RA / Lupus/ Sjorgen's-HELP

I have RA and Sjogren's and my ANA came back positive a couple months ago. I've been dodging a lupus diagnosis for years so I have no doubt that it will catch me at some point. The good news is...
Board: Women's Health 04-13-2008, 03:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: atypical pap smear

????????? Why would I need to do a colon cleanse for a vaginal exam? The doctor's nurse didn't say anything about doing that.
Board: Women's Health 04-13-2008, 11:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By teachergirl64
atypical pap smear

I had my annual exam in January and my pap came back atypical. I had it repeated earlier this month and it is again atypical. It wasn't caused by a virus either time. I've got a tilted cervix and...
Board: Women's Health 04-13-2008, 10:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 929
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: I Really Need Help!!!!

You need to see your doctor. An early miscarriage will not be painful but will be like a heavy period with lots of clots/tissue. I've had 2 like that.
Board: Lupus 04-12-2008, 09:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,795
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Anyone have 10 mg Prednisone effect their bloodwork?

I was on a daily 10 mg dose for almost a year and it kicked my glucose levels into the diabetic range which unfortunately did not return to normal when I stopped taking the prednisone. The same...
Board: Women's Health 04-12-2008, 05:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,198
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Should I go back to the gyn? Please advice...

Go back to the OBGYN and ask not only for an exam but ask about the possibility of endometriosis. The symptoms you are describing are exactly what I had for years before I was diagnosed.
Board: Diabetes 04-12-2008, 05:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 37,946
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: fasting test - ate mint - how will it affect?

My doctor gave me a crash course in reading labels. He said to make sure the sugar content is 5 g or less, low in fat and decent in fiber content. If those 3 things are okay the rest will take care...
Board: Diabetes 04-12-2008, 05:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 9,849
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Pre diabetic blood sugar reading 196 after eating

You need to wait 2 hours from the start of your last meal before you test. :)

If you are taking any medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if it will cause a spike in glucose. ...
Board: Arthritis 04-12-2008, 05:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,924
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Question for elderly mother with inflammatory, rheumatoid arthritis

Imuran is an older drug and one I resisted taking for 2 years. My current rheum managed to talk me into trying it and I am so glad she did. It doesn't make me sick, has a generic, comes in a pill...
Board: Arthritis 04-12-2008, 05:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,197
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Dr called and said RF is 76, Scared

A positive RF does not necessarily mean you have rheumatoid arthritis. It can be associated with other illnesses and sometimes shows up in healthy people. A rheumatologist is a good person to visit...
Board: Lupus 02-26-2008, 07:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,697
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: disapointed with rheumy visit. Your thoughts???

Lyrica has been a life saver for me at night when the fibro is really bad. It calms those muscles right on down and I can sleep. I also take hydrocodone with it for joint pain and am sleeping...
Board: Lupus 02-26-2008, 07:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,931
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Looking for a GOOD Rheumatologist who will listen...in Dallas, Plano or Frisco TE

Dr. Allan Duby out of Medical City Dallas is supposed to be wonderful. I had an appointment to see him but my PCP wanted me to see someone else in his hospital. Dr. Duby's receptionist said he...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-20-2007, 06:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 827
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Normal to have infection with kidney stones?

Yes, it is normal. I had chronic kidney infections for over a year before they finally found several stones in my kidneys. Once they were finally gone, the infections went away.
Board: Skin Problems 05-18-2007, 04:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,633
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: swells?,boils etc.-Please read!

Secondecho, you need to let a dermatologist look at it. I had something similar and it turned out to be a basal cell carcinoma. I've got another place like it under my bra on my back and it needs...
Board: Skin Problems 05-16-2007, 04:56 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 702
Posted By teachergirl64
statis eczema

I was diagnosed with this yesterday. Any ideas on how to get the fluid off my lower legs? I take a diuretic but am not able to exercise much because of severe arthritis in my knees and feet.
Board: Lupus 05-10-2007, 06:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,688
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Hives

My mom has urticarial vasculitis. It is a subset of lupus and it causes hives that leave bruise-like marks behind. It's very uncommon and she takes Plaquenil, prednisone and hydroxizine as needed...
Board: Cancer: Skin 05-09-2007, 04:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,875
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Basil cell removed Feb, still itches!

I had one removed from my back in February and it still itches, too. I think it is still part of the healing processes. The amount of itching lessens the more time has elapsed. My derm said it...
Board: Urology 04-24-2007, 02:04 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 8,528
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Cystoscopy to be done in doctor's office.

I've had 3 done in my urologist's office and his assistant squirted some sort of numbing liquid before he did the procedure. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. It didn't hurt, just...
Board: Leukemia 04-23-2007, 04:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 17,057
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: WBC 19,000. Please help me understand...

13,000 is a little elevated but not too bad. Inflammation without obvious cause is just that. There isnt' anything readily obvious that is causing it. You may have a slight infection somewhere or...
Board: Addison's Disease 04-22-2007, 06:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,006
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Endo in N Dallas Area?

I'm in need of a good one in Dallas, too. Are we allowed to post names?
Board: Leukemia 04-22-2007, 07:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,649
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: neutrophils?????????

A trip to the rheumatologist is indeed in order. May autoimmune problems cause wacky blood counts. I have some kind of connective tissue disease and my neutrophils are currently at 81% and my...
Board: Leukemia 04-22-2007, 06:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 17,057
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: WBC 19,000. Please help me understand...

Keep a daily journal of her temperatures and get copies off ALL lab work she has had done. If you are in a PPO and do not need a referral, call a hematologist in your insurance network and get an...
Board: Arthritis 04-21-2007, 06:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,906
Posted By teachergirl64
Re: Blood test results on methotrexate

I am assuming that you have Rheumatoid Arthritis since you are taking MTX. RA is an autoimmune disease. The ALT is part of the liver panel your doctor ordered and it is running high. MTX can cause...
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