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I'm on 6 day Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak for an MS relapse. How soon can I expect the steroids to start working?
How are you taking?: I am curious to know how many miligrams you are taking daily for your MS relapse and how long your therapy will be. I say this because ideally you should feel some sort of relief by the end of the week. The dosepak tablets are 4mg and I do not think this would be strong enough for MS, unless you were prescribed Medrol (methylprednisolone) which can go up to 32mg tablets. See your doctor if no relief soon. ...Read more
How bad of rebound should I expect quiting tysabri (natalizumab) infusions due to several MS relapses attacking brain and stem. Can't take new meds due to health?
Better analyze: Do not understand why if you have MS, it cannot be treated with medications, as there are 9 choices. If you stop Tysabri, (natalizumab) you are virtually guaranteed a relapse by 3-4 months, and even a severe rebound is possible, if a new medication is NOT started. You are about to engage in highly risky behavior. One caveat, are you sure that you have MS and not something else, such as Neuromyeilits Optica? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Broke out in rash from plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) what are my alternatives. Also have thrush i believe from rednisone.. Can lupus go untreated without organ damage?
Depends: Alternatives depends on allergies, but did rash occur from sun exposure - Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is a sun-sensitizer. Sulfasalazine is a consideration, but not all lupus requires treatment. Depends on what systems are involved and the severity of that involvement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will being on 10mg/day of prednisone (tapered down from 3 wks@20mg, 1wk@15mg) make it harder to fight off gastroenteritis? I have ulcerative colitis.
Steroid gastritis: Corticosteroids like Prednisone can cause gastritis and ulcers, but ironically is used to treat episodes of colon ulcers and flares from ulcerative colitis. If you require several days of prednisone, or have recurrent uc attacks for which you have to take prednisone, then consideration of a protective med for your stomach is a good idea. Prilosec otc and Prevacid (lansoprazole) are otc, talk to your GI doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Has severe left-sided uc with many severely inflamed pseudo-polyps. How long will it take to heal them. Had 2 remicade (infliximab) infusions & taking prednisone.?
I've been told my life expectancy is around 5 years. What course will myelofibrosis take to ultimately lead to my death? Why my prognosis now terminal
Myelofibrosis: I am so very sorry to hear of this diagnosis. I have cared for people over several decades as their doctor with this horrible disease. It has no known cause and no effective treatment. It is a scarring of the bone marrow leading to inability to produce life saving red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. See if a large center (if near one) that specializes in clinical trials can help ...Read more
Is it possible to have lupus and a negative ANA? muscle, pain, swillwn nodes, rash, brain fog on and off for 8 yrs Negative for HIV, lymes, cancers.
Yes: Yes, there is a term called "seronegative spondyloarthropathies" and all it really means is a group of disorders that act like inflamnatory arthritic conditions, but there blood tests are negative. Many patients in this group will ultimately "convert" years later when their blood tests turn positive. This includes people who are later diagnosed with RA and Lupus, among others. ...Read more
Probably not: The reports are flares or local EM-like reactions to henna and to some of the bright colors. Ordinary black tattoo ink is less likely to be a problem. Wait on getting inked, though, especially at your age. I'm a buff and have two, but you need to wait several years and if after that time it is STILL exactly what you want, go for it. Erythema mul ...Read more
Would methotrexate be a good choice for my dysautonomia/cfs? Inflamation, fatigue my biggest symp's. Prednisone helps but can't stay on it of course.
I have polymaligic rheumatica and have reduced from 15 mg to 8 mg predezone. Is it possible that my inflammation will go away without predezone?
Caution!: Polymyalgia rheumatica, a variation of temporal arthritis, must be treated with great caution. Under treating the condition can result in complications, including permanent blindness. Dosing of prednisone should be monitored strictly by an experienced internist or rheumatologist! Good luck! ...Read more
8 month baby have on and off fever and rash for 14 days. Diagnosis kawasaki but do not respond to ivig or steroids treatment. What to do?
I seen the rheumatologist on 8th january and had bloods tested for lupus sle. They're not back yet, how long does it take for the rheumatologist to ge?
2-5 days: Blood tests take 2-5 days to return depending on the specific tests ordered. ...Read more
Hi, I am waiting for the results of my x-rays and blood work to see if I do have early stage Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can using Rituxan (rituximab) cause this?
Immunologist agreed I have malar rash. How is lupus dx'd since we can't rely on antibody or inflammatory tests w my immune deficiency and steroid tx?
Management/workup: The initial workup will include renal function testing and tests for circulating antibodies. Your steroid treatment may affect the tests for inflammation, moreso than autoantibodies which are still detectable even while being treated with steroids. Avoiding and treating infections, including CMV will be part of the management. I hope that this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I want to get my tattoo finished but am taking methotrexate and rituxan (rituximab) at the moment, will it cause problems?
How long can I go without my Rapamune, cellcept, and prednisone before I would expect to experience symptoms of kidney transplant rejection?
Do not try: You should not change any of your medication, without talking to the doctor who prescribed these.By going off the medication you risk irreversible damage to you kidney. ...Read more
How long does it take remicade (infliximab) to work on scleritis. I been on prednisone 20mg since jan.When i go to 15mg eye flares up. Will i ever get off steroid?
Will hair thinning from Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (early RA, 2 months) correct itself? Come back? If I stay on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) will it come back or do I have to get off it?
Sto it: It will continue to be an issue unless you change meds. ...Read more
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