1 was diagnosed initially with Sjogren aged 35. I’ve taken Meloxicam daily since then. When symptoms got worse the dose was raised until max was reached. Then Plaquenil was added and dose raised over the years. Three years ago Methotrexate was started at a low dose. I took it for a year and suffered no nausea but over the winter I suffered many chest infections ending with pneumonia. I had to stop it. Later I was advised to try Azothioprine but it made me very nauseous. This summer, aged 65, I was advised to try again due to increased symptoms. Sadly it has caused severe stomach problems and pancreatitis so it’s hard to tolerate any meds. Luckily I’m retired now so will find it easier to cope. I worked full time until 58 when the fatigue made it hard. What do I do now if I continue to have to stop all meds?
Today I went to see the Family Dr and the Rheumatologist. The family Dr took 3 tubes of blood to check my blood count, a metabolic profile, TSH, and A1C. My BP was 140/98, so he was concerned and talked about upping my meds. After some errands and a meal, I went to the rheumy who was concerned that my BP was too low. It was 103/70. You see, my meds had finally kicked it! Anyway, he took my hair...
Scoring a 71 with normal being less than 20 units.71 is a moderate to strong positive, 80 is strong.Tricky test to read, will explain later.