and an elevated C-reactive Protein, both indicating inflammation. I have seen a Rheumatologist for this. She did more bloodwork which confirmed the elevations plus she did xrays of my hands, hips and knees (the painful areas, other than my back-my back is a whole another issue) anyway, the xrays dont show any joint damage. The Rheumatologist isnt sure if I just have false high bloodwork or if I do have a low grade RA (rheumatoid arthritis) so she put me on a trial steroid Medrol pak for one week (and for those of you who know me well you know how difficult it was for me because I'm not a big fan of steroids-the last time I fell I refused the Medrol pak even though my pain was exquisite). If the medrol pak works she wants to put me on Plaquenil. I have been on the Medrol pak starting yesterday and I think it IS helping my hands and knees (and it has been rainy here) My back is still terrible but we pretty much knew that is a separate issue and this isnt going to help it. I know what Plaquenil does and everything. I just want to know about anyones personal experience with it (I do know all too well everyone is different but I still would like personal experiences) If anyone would want to share their experiences, I would be grateful for your input!
I have a question for you all. I have an elevated Rheumatoid Factor?
Added 4 Feb 2013:
She did also say that the elevated numbers, the C-Reactive Protein anyway, could be from the back issue and the pain could just be increased sensitivity to pain because of my chronic pain issues keeping my nerves firing all the time.
Sorry to here of your dilemma. Be sure to have the required eye exam if you start the Plaquenil. We have several people at the clinic on this medication with some success, but doctors always order the eye exam and routine blood work while on it. It will cause slight anemia. Hope you find relief soon.
Lots of experiences here. Good luck!
I just want you to know that I'm sorry that RA may be added to your list of woes, you certainly don't need that atop all the pain you are already experiencing.
p.s. My doc told me that a person can come out negative for an RA test, but still have it, just wanted you to know that.
Dzoo, I second what Mac said. She always says great things though that are sincere. Anyway, as she said... I hate to see something else added to everything else you deal with. If I could wish it away, I would in a heartbeat. Even though I haven't taken it, I still wanted to respond, wishing you the best. They check my blood too for RA, but a lot of my bloodwork says it can not be read due to too much... daggumit, there it goes again. Fibro fog, Brain fog, whatever, but I just lost the word. Theres too much fat in my blood to read the tests. Thats because of elevated triglyserides, as I mentioned earlier. But t's hard for them to tell by the blood work. Anyway's... best of luck to you girl. Your Friend, Ruthie
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