Saturday, September 10, 2011
I have had kidney dysfunction from Lupus since 1985. I have been on and off prenidsone (mostly on) for most of that time. From 4/2002 - 11/2003 I went through Cytoxan chemo treatments to get my kidneys in working condition again. In April 2009 I was put on Celcept after I once was having problems with my kidneys (protein coming out). Celcept worked great, in less than 2 months my kidneys were working as well as expected for me.
I started out taking 2000 mgs a day and this was reduced to 1000 mgs after that. I get blood work done for this medication as well as my blood thinner on a regular basis.
When I started not to feel good, I sort of blew it off. But as it continued, I began to think what had changed, other than home construction. I looked up the medication online and everything that I was feeling was there. It also said these symptoms could happen after a few years, not like some medications that I reacted to within days. After my doctor did chest xray, ultra sound on my stomach, UGI and lots of bloodwork, he decided I might just be right about the meds.
The doctor had me go off the medication for a week, to see how I feel. I feel much better and already have more energy. I know he wants me to go on half the dose I had been on, to see if I can tolerate the lower amount without problems. We shall see how it goes. He also wants to make sure I get in a least 20 min. of cardio at the gym everyday or a good walk. I am attempting to do that but some days are better than others. I am walking Phred almost everyday again but shorter walks for now.
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