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Doctor update 
23rd-Sep-2009 02:20 pm
I drove. I got lost, because I followed Google Maps instead of my internal GPS. When will I learn that maps do not apply to Boston? But I managed to course-correct and get there in time. *nod*

My allergist is still skeptical over whether I have fibro as opposed to lupus. He peers at me. "Are you sure you don't have elevated rheumatoid factor in your bloodwork?"

"ANA test keeps coming up negative."

"Huh." *skeptical look*

Something about my allergies/asthma being much more common in lupus patients than fibro patients. I don't know. I'm rare side effect girl. I guess I look like I have lupus. azhure and brujah have lupus and they're beautiful, so I'm going to choose to take that as a compliment.

Speaking of rare, apparently he's only had two patients in 30 years who get hives from seasonal allergies. I'm #2! This is ragweed season, and apparently, though the ragweed's not worse than usual, spring/summer allergens were, so he's seeing a bunch of people come in with stronger-than-average reactions to the ragweed. Our systems are primed to go apeshit. Oversensitized.

He also wants me to see my dermatologist. I WOULD LIKE THAT AS WELL.

Anyway, he gave me prednisone, which should halt the hives in their tracks if they are indeed due to allergies and not contact sensitivity. Go Team Me.

Went from there to Target, where I grabbed up a lot of Halloween stuff... and, reluctantly, put most of it back. Most. I decided I required the cute funky jewel-toned $2 plates. And the stylin' skull throw pillow. I may have to go back for the velvety skull-and-crossbones-embossed throw. I did get my most needed item, though - jeans in my current size. Plus other random household stuff we needed.

Now I catch a brief nap while Elayna's at Robotics Club. Hey, that's an awesome sentence all around.

EDIT: Aw. A desk fell on Elayna's leg! So no roaming the city today. We will reschedule.
EDIT TO EDIT: She's totally okay! Just a bit ouch and wince-y, and she doesn't feel like doing a whole lot of walking around.
23rd-Sep-2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
*snarls* I can be #3 - I break out in hives over temperature changes.

You've taken prednisone before, yes? Tell me yes. If not, go do your research first.
23rd-Sep-2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
I don't think I have. It's just a three-day course - is that enough to be Bad?
23rd-Sep-2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Tell them you watch House and it's never lupus.
23rd-Sep-2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
My ANA is negative, consistently, too, and my RF well within normal range. Despite this, Lupus, I has it.

And it was diagnosed because of skin shit.

Consider being tested for anti-sm and anti-ds. (I know.. I laughed, too. Anti sm/ds)

Feel better.

..prednisone is a fucking evil, hateful, insomnia inducing, body ravaging drug and I hate it

23rd-Sep-2009 06:53 pm (UTC)

What skin shit?
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23rd-Sep-2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
That's... good to know?

I know it sucks, but if it can stop this thing dead...
23rd-Sep-2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
"I drove."

23rd-Sep-2009 07:01 pm (UTC)

It's still about a week before I'm technically allowed. But this doc would take several buses and several hours to get to, or 15 minutes in the car. So! I declared myself ready.
23rd-Sep-2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Maggie's been on prednisone so many times I've lost count. It's the one thing that completely stops the itching for her. Of course, she's a dog, and an exceptionally mellow one at that, but she sails right through it. Here's hoping you have a similar reaction. :)

23rd-Sep-2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
I find it amusing how many conditions I share with Maggie. :)
23rd-Sep-2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
(everyone's covered the drugs already, so I get to be silly)

1) Lupus - perhaps you look wolf-like? (all feral and fierce)

2) When will I learn that maps do not apply to Boston?

As I have mentioned before, this is because the map of Boston is like the Necronomicon - it drives you mad if you comprehend it fully.
23rd-Sep-2009 07:24 pm (UTC) - I've said it once, I'll say it again:
Driving in Boston makes baby Jesus cry. Even with GPS.
23rd-Sep-2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
WRT edit: Bah! I hope she's okay and just needs today to be a "don't walk on it a lot" day.
23rd-Sep-2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that seems to be the case.
23rd-Sep-2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re driving in Boston: my friend hausfrauatu once commented that the city planners in Boston were cows. Meant not as an insult to anyone's weight or intelligence, but quite literally that many of the streets in Boston were, at one time, paved-over cow paths, and driving there reflects this.

Re Doctor's skepticism: From what I've read (I'm not a doctor, but I frequently edit their work), FM is kind of like ADHD in the sense that many people get diagnosed who don't have it, and many people who genuinely have it don't get diagnosed--to the point where some doctors actually don't believe it exists. And of course, there's the problem that every hypochondriac in the world THINKS he or she has fibromyalgia. So, as frustrating as it must be for you, I can understand why your rheumatologist feels he needs to cover all his bases in the differential.

That said, though, whichever one you have, I'm really sorry to hear it. I know people with each of those conditions, and neither one is a cake walk.
23rd-Sep-2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, he isn't my rheumatologist - he's my allergist! That's why the conversation surprises me.
23rd-Sep-2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
re: Prednisone.

If you've read my journal, you've read that I'm having problems on it. Don't worry. I was on a -thinks- 14 day pulse. You should be okay on 3 days.
24th-Sep-2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Prednisone is a necessary evil sometimes - yeah, the side effects can suck, but it *works*. And that working often makes everything else worth it - it does for me, anyway.

I really hope that it gets the itchening under control - it must be damn frustrating.

And yay for driving! Boo for maybe-lupus, but hey, even lupus is mostly treatable :)
24th-Sep-2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Yikes for Elayna! If she's too stiff on Saturday (these things always feel worse a day or so later) to chase small children, please let me know.
25th-Sep-2009 02:30 am (UTC)
Oh, she's fine! She was totally okay today.
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