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The good news and some not so good news

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

my results came in from the latest tests and the good news is that I do not have lymes, crones or a couple of other things....but I do have the Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) which could be the cause of the severe gastritis I am having and the malabsorption problem. With the malabsorption I am not getting any vitamin B at all which is why I am feeling so sick. the plan is to put me on IV consistently for 24 hours a day beginning tomorrow for 5 days. I am also not to eat any gluten and 5 small meals a day. So I will have a nurse here 24 hours a day. And I will be getting vitamin B shot every other day. I am not sure I will be on sparks. Depends on where the IV is placed and if I can type
Hope you all are well.

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KLONG8 5/2/2013 4:17PM

    Well, it's good to know what's going on but I wish you could be spared the next 5 days. Sounds like a tough go. You'll get through it, of course, but absolutely asking a lot of you. Hope it goes perfectly and is the answer.

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_LINDA 5/2/2013 1:59PM

    So very sorry for your diagnosis of RA :((( That is terrible. I hope they can help you -attacking the GI tract is very rare for it. Hope the IV and the meal plans bring you back to a more normal feeling soon. So glad you are being watched over carefully by humans and kitties.
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JANIEWWJD 5/2/2013 2:07AM

    Thank the Lord you have some answers now and something positive can be done!!! I will continue to pray for you and I'm hoping you can give us a short blog on how you're doing. God bless you, my f riend. Keep your spirits up!!!!
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JUDYAMK 5/1/2013 11:40PM

    Hello Sallie,
I am still praying for you. I had to take a vitamin B shot for a year. The shot helped me . I think this time you are at least getting more answers to your condition.Take care Sallie

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STRIVERONE 5/1/2013 10:14PM

    Just as all your other spark friends, I'm wishing you the best. I think the good news outweighs the bad.

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PJBONARRIGO 5/1/2013 8:59PM

    It sounds like you are in for some tough days ahead, but it should enable you to ultimately feel better and see some progress finally! emoticon

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GAYEMC 5/1/2013 8:29PM

    keeping my fingers crossed this will work and you will start feeling better!

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/1/2013 8:28PM

    glad you got a diagnoses . i am hopeing the shots and the iv and new diet will make you feel much better. see you when you can . hugs and prayers and happy thoughts sent your way

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JODROX 5/1/2013 7:29PM

    Wow Sallie, what a road for you! Thinking of you and hoping things take a positive turn soon!

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CIRANDELLA 5/1/2013 7:10PM

    Sallie, I'm sorry - yet also encouraged - to hear your news. What's positive, though, is that the constant nursing presence and care plus dietary and nutritional changes should really have you feeling noticeably better soon. You've weathered all this with such patience and courage... I bet you'll be feeling a lot more like your former self in a week, too.

As someone who also has an autoimmune condition, we've got so many more options - many of them powerful and quite amazing - than we did, say, 20 years ago, when my problem was diagnosed. The medicine I'm on, though for a different condition, halted the progression of my disease. With Enbrel and some of the other newer therapies for RA plus that lovely, perfect climate and setting, you could be feeling about 200% better, ultimately - I sure hope so.

Thinking of you this afternoon and hoping for your continued swift, sure healing - Susan emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 5/1/2013 7:07PM

    I'll be rooting for you and praying for you whether you are able to post or not. I hope you see a dramatic improvement as they begin to treat what they've found is wrong.

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BBECKER1955 5/1/2013 5:21PM

    Hope you're feeling better real soon!

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BUTEAFULL 5/1/2013 5:10PM

    ditto what Moby said we would worry if you hadn't warned us you may not be on sparks for a bit
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MOBYCARP 5/1/2013 4:50PM

    Thanks for the heads up that you might not be able to post. We'd worry if you went silent without warning.

I don't know anything about how to deal with RA and your other issues, but it sounds like you have a medical system that is very focused on figuring out what's wrong and doing something about it. I hope the efforts to do that are successful.

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LOSINGLISA 5/1/2013 2:31PM

    I'm sorry. I will be praying for you and your health. God bless you.

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PMFISH 5/1/2013 1:55PM

    Sallie, sorry to hear about the RA, but it is better to know so you can take action. Glad you have someone taking care of you. I know you will research what is going to best for you. Many prayers going up for you.

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KATRINAKAT23 5/1/2013 1:26PM

  Take care and I hope you feel better soon.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 5/1/2013 1:21PM

    Glad some things ruled out and even though RA etc is no picnic, you at least have a plan of action. Sometimes just that fact can be a relief; problems are a little (?) less stressful when we at least know some parameters in the 'what do I do' department. Hope the nurse is a nice one; maybe you'll have a good time. Hmm... it could be possible to play the train dominoes even with an IV....! You may want to monitor nutrition/calories so you don't go under nutrients when you first dump the gluten.

SP is not your main concern, so... we will 'see' you when we do!
Sure am glad you're on a solid track now! Get well. Be well!
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ALIHIKES 5/1/2013 12:50PM

    Best wishes to you! Glad you have a diagnosis and can begin treatment emoticon

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MJ7DM33 5/1/2013 12:01PM

  Take care! emoticon

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MKELLY72 5/1/2013 11:48AM

    Thinking about you--sounds like a long 5 days, but lets hope that positive progress is made during that time.

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LIS193 5/1/2013 11:40AM

    At least now you know what it isn't :) RA is a debilitating decease but can be managed with diet and meds. My daughter was diagnosed at 14 and after 4 years on methotrexate (vile stuff!!!) she has been doing well on Enbrel for the last 7 years. (she's 25 now)
Hope the IV and adjusted diet will make you feel better!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/1/2013 11:30AM

    Hoping the IVs and shots make you feel much, much better. Sounds like you are a whole lot closer to understand what is going on in your body. RA is not a fun disease by any stretch of the imagination, but medical science has improved a lot in the last 50 years in treatment of RA. I know several people who manage pretty well despite RA. Hope you are soon in that group, Sallie. Hang on! -Marsha

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MISS_VIV 5/1/2013 11:13AM

    So glad that there are many things that CAN be ruled out and that you are on the road to an answer. Stay strong like we know you are. I am sure you will be feeling much better very soon.


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MELTEAGUE 5/1/2013 10:13AM

    I have a friend who really suffered from RA and she cut out all nightshades and has eaten organic food and she is doing way better! So I hope that you will find a way to manage it!
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GRATEFULBOB 5/1/2013 10:01AM

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    Take good care of yourself. Hope that will do the trick.
Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/1/2013 9:43AM

    I am so sorry about al l of this! I hope you get some relief! HUGS

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BECKYANNE1 5/1/2013 9:41AM

    I hope you feel better soon!

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GOANNA2 5/1/2013 9:30AM

    I hope you come through this feeling better than
ever. You are a very brave lady. I hope your nurse
is caring and looks after you well. God bless you.
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BOROFITGIRL 5/1/2013 9:30AM

    emoticon Praying for you!!!

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