My Lupus has been throwing me for a loop

So, I finally kick the whole cancer thing and figure I’m due for some good health – only to have my Lupus start to make a comeback. I’ve been exhausted and in pain more than usual lately.  Seems that the chemotherapy I was getting for my breast cancer also did a great job of keeping my Lupus in check.  My double stranded DNA numbers (which indicate disease activity) were down to 9 when I finished my chemo in May 2012.  Now, my double stranded DNA is up to 55 – yikes.  My rheumatologist suggested putting me on a low dose of prednisone for a month or so to see if that will help with the inflammation and other symptoms. So far, it does seem to be helping.  We also discussed adding methotrexate to the meds I’m taking (Plaquenil twice a day) but I’d prefer to keep my meds down to a minimum, if possible.  Lupus is something I will have for the rest of my life – I can’t beat it like I did cancer – the best I can do is take care of myself and do whatever it takes to prevent it from getting much worse.  I’ll keep you all posted. 

WordCamp Tampa 2016

September 10-11, 2016

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