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Thu May 21, 2015 12:12 pm by leeG

HI All, thanks for letting me join, i was diagnosed two yrs ago, altho had symptoms for much longer and now wonder if the MCTD started in my 30s when i was diagnosed with chronic fatigue. now also have raynauds, hashimoto's, blepharitis (sp?), asthma, and multiple allergies, Plaquinel has amazing effects until i had a severe reaction, and now on Atabrine (quinacrine) but its not as effective. …

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New to group, New to disease

Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:58 am by MissDaisy

Hello,
I am a 36 year old female with 3 boys, ages 4-9, and I work as a 911 Dispatcher. I started having symptoms about 3 years ago starting with lumbar pain. I put it off for well over a year thinking it was just over-exertion. When I couldnt take the pain anymore as it was constant, and even just turning my head to the side caused severe pain. I got to the point that standing, sitting, and …

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How much pain before accepting medication?

Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:46 pm by josephine landau

Hi - My names Jo, I'm 42.
I was diagnosed in January of this year with MCTD, after a year or so of growing symptoms (Reynaulds, aching joints etc) I am a working mum with 2 boys, so my days are fairly hectic.
I take B12 injections for fatigue, Levothyroxine for low thyroid and Tegretol for an epileptic seizure I had 10 years ago -So I was reluctant to add to my drugs list and I declined any …

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Not yet diagnosed teen from Finland

Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:12 am by finnishgirl

Hi everyone!

I was happily suprised when I found all this great stuff for us MCTD patients! And hope to get to know some people with this illness. Because there's not a lot of stuff for us in Finland.

I'm a 15-years-old girl from Finland. I still haven't got a diagnosis for MCTD, but my rheuma specialist has suggested it after many years of different tests. And it seems to be logical, I have …

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Another Australian story

Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:50 am by Ozzie1954

First of all, it is so good to find a forum with people who have been going through the same issues. I was doing a search on earache/jaw pain which is afflicting me this morning and found this forum.

My story begins in 1987 but probably goes back a lot further because of other issues that surfaced in my teens. It started after I had a bout of the flu, went back to work where I was handling …

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New from California.

Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:28 pm by mollyingrid92

Hello! My name is Molly, 20 years old, California resident. At the beginning of the 2013 year I noticed I was having really bad knee pains that would last for a while. When I finally went to see my doctor, he moved my leg around to see how my knee was working. Then he did this weird on where he would put a hand flat on the side of my knee and with the other hand push on the opposite side of my …

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This is all new!

Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:35 am by Admin

Ive never run or created a forum before so there may be some bugs, please let me know as soon as possible so I can correct them! I hope you find it easy to use!
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Hi from Australia

Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:46 pm by gorillagirl

Hi everyone Very Happy

A brief bio. Female, 45, Hashimoto's since young. Started with flare ups after activity, sore joints and muscles, feeling sick, bloods abnormal and high CRP and ESR, symptoms pointed to lupus. Doctor nightmare for some years, the usual, it's just your thyroid and you have fibro, maybe you have narcolepsy, others haven things worse than you blah blah blah.

Found a good GP, …

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Newbie, new to the dx, but not to the symptoms

Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:20 pm by Lenorekitty75

Hello Everyone ! Smile

Just came across this site today. Which is odd because I've been googling MCTD for months now. It's nice to know there are others out there in the world who could relate to what has become my life. Although I have frequented lupus and MS boards over the last 9 yrs and had wonderful support.

I am Christina, 37...mum of 3 the youngest is 3 and the oldest is 14. The Dr's have …

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Post by Ozzie1954 on Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:00 pm

It pays to read up on the medications that we use to treat our arthritis. I was treated with what is known as NSAIDs for more than 10 years. This category includes Voltaren, Ibuprofen, and Celebrex. These are only examples of the Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Medications that are available over the counter or by prescription.

What you might not know about this group of medications is that you MUST ensure that you DO NOT TAKE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. If you take this kind of medication without food then you could end up with stomach ulcers, and they could end up as bleeding ulcers. This is an extremely unpleasant experience. If this happens then medication such as Pariet or Nexium can be of assistance in settling down the ulcers.

Once the NSAID cease to be effective, the next step is a group of medications known as DMARDs. This group of medications includes Sulfasalazine, Plaquenil and Methotrexate.

The role of the DMARD is to slow down the actual disease or send the disease into remission. It is not a pain killer and has almost no impact on inflammation levels. They work for some people but not all patients respond to this form of treatment.

Plaquenil is used to treat Malaria and for some unknown reason it was discovered that it can help some patients with RA. The precaution for this drug is that it can cause eye issues, in particular it can cause glaucoma. A good doctor insists that the patient gets an eye examination by an ophthalmologist so that there is a base line as a comparison during further eye examinations.

Methotrexate is an anti-cancer drug. In the past it was used in mega doses to treat such cancers as breast cancer.(my late mother-in-law was treated with Methotrexate). The dose rate for RA patients is in fact quite small. However, it can cause issues with the liver. The precaution for being on Methotrexate is the consumption of alcohol. No alcohol is best. However, that is negotiable with the doctor.

The next group of medications is the Biologics such as Enbrel and Humira. I have no experience with this group. However, I do know that the purpose of using them is to put the disease into remission.

We all react differently to these drugs. Some have very low tolerance for some of them. As an example, I had a reaction to using Sulfasalazine such that my tongue began to tingle at night. Fortunately it got no worse than the tingling. The reason for the reaction is that I had a high ANA reading of 1240 indicating that I have some symptoms indicating Lupus. This is why my doctor told me to immediately cease taking the drug. It was only after he saw that blood test reading, and he pulled me off the Sulfasalazine that I managed to put 2+2 together and realized that it was causing the tongue reaction.


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