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    Nothing New from New Rheumy...

    Finally got to my second rheumatologist appointment. With all the good reviews made by all the other physicians I've seen, I have high hopes for this man. w discussed test done last visit. My WBC was high probably due to long term use of prednisone; all my antibody test were good, except double stranded DNA. But it wasn't remarkable. He is still considering Cellcept as a future option to allow reduction of prednisone dosage. Doctors concerned about my suppressed immunity took me off Cellcept last year during hospitalization for colostomy. We didn't even discuss Cymbalta. Actually, the frequency and intensity of my fibromyalgia pain has improved now that my kidney stones have settled down. I reminded him that my greatest concern is my neurological symptoms. Physically I am feeling more stable than I have in been the past year; but my brain continues to frustrate me. When I asked my new hematologist for an explanation for the myriad of neurological symptoms that still come and go, she suggested that a previous CVA caused some permanent damage that has upset the circuitry and chemistry. With the recent discovery of nodules on my thyroid during neurological scans and hyperthyroidism indicated by blood tests, I began to wonder how many "crazy" symptoms can be blamed on my glands. I had also heard that many lupus patients develop hyperthyroidism. I asked my rheumatologist whether lupus or my drugs were responsible for hyperthyroidism. He says that Lupus nor steroid responsible. Although hyperthyroidism is also autoimmune disease that SLE isn't a direct cause of hyperthyroidism. Patients with one autoimmune disease are predisposed to having another autoimmune disease. He wouldn't give an opinion on my balloon brain, until he's gotten the endocrinologist input on hyperthyroid.

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