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#1 Tammy

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 02:45 PM

Hi everyone

I had my follow up with the rheumatologist today, seems as though the Raynuads isn't primary after all, the ANA test was positive. I sure wasn't expecting that! :huh: I was so shocked that I forgot to ask for a copy of the lab, I am going to call tomorrow and see if I can get a copy. She added another medication, I can't recall the name, it's to help with Raynauds along with the Norvasc and she is putting me on Prilosec twice a day for the gastritis. She said not to worry (trying not to!!), the levels aren't outrageous but we are going to monitor it more closely. I go back in February for another ANA test.

I was just wondering, how often is the ANA usually checked? How does this/can this affect trying to concieve?

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#2 Sheryl

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 11:49 PM

Wow Tammy, What a question. You didn't think to ask your rheumatologist about pregnancy and these meds. I would definately talk to a few of your doctors. You haven't started the Norvasc or whatever the other medicine is she prescribed for Raynaud's yet so I would think about not starting them. These meds change the pressures in your system to prevent things like high blood presure from ocuring along with helping movement of blood through veins and arteries so that you stay warmer and have better circulation. If you have gone this long without these major medicines then maybe they can let you go another 9 months to a a year without them. The less you are taking the better your babies chances are for a healthy outcome. I strongly recommend you ask more about these meds before putting them into your system for any length of time prior to conceiving. Sheryl
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 04:45 AM

Hi Tammy, the ANA is tested only when the doctor is trying to monitor your illness or suspects something is going on. It may go up and down. Everytime I go to a new doctor, they order their own ANA test..I am not really sure why this is. But if you have only had your ANA checked once, expect them to have it checked many times in the future.
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 07:36 AM

Hi Tammy,
Sheryl's right... should you get pregnant before February, you'll want to make sure you aren't taking anything that could create problems... for you OR the baby.

Hope you get the message to your dr, if you haven't already.

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 12:29 PM

Still recouping from my toe ulcer. My general practitioner has me out on disability at this point. It will be three weeks before I can anticipate going back. general practitioner wants rheumatologist to get more pro active especially in light of this incident. rheumatologist said I need to get all new blood work before she sees me. general practitioner got annoyed in that the blood work I had is less than two months old. general practitioner suggested and I agree, time for a second opinion to see if other Rhuemys are pro active to prevent something like this again.

Trouble is Rhuemys are so hard to schedule around (has anyone found that to be true?) Can't be seen by the new one until 11/26 or his partner 10/31. general practitioner was to call their office today to try and speed it up.

In the interim, I broke down and took a pain pill prescribed by he general practitioner after being up for a full 24 hours + last night/morning. WOW, pain was totally gone, but after four hours on ingestion, began to feel off balance and weird. Lasted until 3; pain is now back, so I took another at 5. So need sleep tonight.
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 01:21 PM

Hi Tammy,

Sorry to hear about your positive ANA. I'm been diagnosed for 7 years now and I think I've had about 5 ANA's. He did one every 6 months at first and then several years went by before he did another one earlier this year.

My rheumatologist puts just as much emphasis on symptoms as he does lab work.

Hang in there my friend!
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