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#1 omaeva

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 06:54 PM

So the Doctor says that it's too early to tell about the lungs. It's just one bad result among mostly normal and good results. He did increase my colchicine and put me on Plaquenil now. I see him again in two months, got even more blood work done.

I'm going to try not to worry now and take it all in stride.

does everyone get a lot of blood work done every time you see the doctor?

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:39 AM

Hi Omaeva

Thanks for your update...glad to hear that it is mostly all good and I do hope you don't over worry yourself (you know what that can do all by itself, you're right, take it in stride if you can). Hopefully those lungs are just fine too...try to go with the old saying, no news is good news for the lungs! The last couple of times they did my bloodwork, they took 5-6 vials....compared to my normal 1-2 before my bloodwork showed positive ANA...mine is being done yearly so far.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:27 AM

Hi Omaeva,

I'm glad to hear your doctor is keeping an eye on your lungs. The time to worry is when they don't. ;) Sometimes one bad result turns out to be nothing worse than a blip.

I get 2 vials drawn monthly, then every 6 months 8 vials. The monthly blood draw mostly keeps an eye out for adverse effects of the medications I'm on, I think.

Have a nice weekend.

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#4 omaeva

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 06:01 AM

That's good to know.
So far since I started seeing the new doctor I've had blood drawn every 3 months about 8 vials each time. This time it was only 4. I go back and see him again in two months.

I'm assuming it's because I'm a new patient for him with new medications. My other doctor I had before the move, I saw very rarely compared to this one.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 02:28 PM

Sounds like he's a keeper and keeping a good eye on you in that case! ;)
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 11:51 AM

Hi omaeva!

I like the way your new dr is handling things too!
Starting out with new meds, your dr probably just wants to see how you are doing with the new meds.

When I started taking MTX, my dr had me getting bloodwork done every six weeks. After time, the draws were spread out to 3 months, too.

Please let us know how the Plaquenil is working for you, down the road?
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