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  1. Re: Journey to being diagnosed, treated, and already first flare up

    Onirin,
    You sure have had a long miserable journey before being diagnosed. I am glad you found us.
    There are many who can relate to all if not some of your experiences.
    Like Natie, my anca always...
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    Re: hearing loss/baha

    Husband has 40 to 50% hearing loss. He went to Costco and paid 1500 each. If you get the right kind, you pay an extra $200 and you Blue Tooth hearing device for TV. Costco has given him great...
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    Re: Meds

    Anne,
    The are NGOs Non Governmental Organizations to fill in the cost not covered. I wish I knew more details to give you. Ask at your doctors billing office about it.
    Masha
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    Re: New, in Palm Springs

    Hi Jan,
    Just two things.
    1) How much experience does your Rheumatologist have with Wegeners patients? Don’t be afraid to ask. If you change docs, even if it means a drive to a specialist, do it...
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    Re: New, in Palm Springs

    Hi Jan,
    We are on supplemental with plan F. It covers everything,
    I cracked up at your description of husbands dress code. Mine wore a three piece suit, tie and starched (dry cleaners not me)...
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    Re: New, in Palm Springs

    Hi Jan,
    Take a deep breath. I know the diagnosis can be frightful. But treatment has come a long way. So far we know there is no cure, but once your docs find the right plan for you, you will...
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    Re: Split decision on diagnosis

    Hi Aaron,
    I have read many times people have a difficult time getting the correct diagnosis with this disease. My best advice to you is to go to a Wegeners specialist. The vasculitis site has a...
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    No Politics No Stress

    I am glad this is a non political forum. I do not, never have discussed my views with anyone but my husband. But now I have Wegeners which serves a positive purpose here. Whenever the subject...
  9. Thread: Your Thoughts

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    Re: Your Thoughts

    Pete, my sedimentation rate is 9. Doc said normal was 0 to 15. My Canca was positive, she said low, results before that 1.4. I never get a negative reading there. All other tests, over a dozen...
  10. Thread: Your Thoughts

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    Your Thoughts

    OK, as I have been posting, I have been on a very slow reduction of prednisone. Over the summer I went from 10 to 8. But at 8 my throat, sinus and teeth all went to hell in a hand bag. I had to up...
  11. Re: shankxonline - My path to identify GPA and overcome it

    Hi Lea,
    Welcome to our forum. You will learn a great deal here and find plenty of support.
    Anne is right. If you move this up to New Member, you will get a lot more responses.
    Your question of...
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    Re: pberggren memorial thread

    Oh Sweet Alysia,
    My heart breaks for you. You found love but you didn’t lose it. Phil will always be a part of you. He was right, there is nothing wrong with letting the tears out. Your life...
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    Re: Imuran Side Effects

    Mattieus,
    Sorry you went through all of that. Just glad you made it to hospital and getting back to normal.
    I am learning that drug treatment, just like this disease varies from person to person....
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    Re: Imuran Side Effects

    Hi Mattieus,
    I can not take that drug. I was tested and OKd for it too. Started with one, felt like you described. I increased to two, then contacted my doctor. I should have contacted her...
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    Re: Methotrexate without Prednisone

    I am with Ed on this. I cannot say it better than he has. It is hard for me to imagine a Wegeners specialist would not start her with prednisone. I dont like the drug, BUT it has been a necessary...
  16. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    Is the up and down to be expected?
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    Re: 1000mg or 2000mg rtx ?

    Alysia,
    Thank you for the clear explanation. Wegs is so confusing. My Duke doctor runs a boatload of tests on me. Probably, if I went back and looked Id find it. Sometimes I just have burn out....
  18. Thread: Hurricane Dorian

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    Hurricane Dorian

    Prayers for all of you in the track of the hurricane.
  19. Re: Newly diagnosed - ANCA positive, Joints and muscle pains, eye pressure

    Hi City by the Bay,
    Welcome. I once lived in Los Gatos ( many years ago). I went to Stanford for treatment of a different medical issue. After I read your post I googled them and a bit of more...
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    Re: 1000mg or 2000mg rtx ?

    Alysia, I googled Iig, and with all the information out there I am just as baffled as before I looked.
    Wish I had more knowledge on this subject. What do you think would happen if you went back to...
  21. Thread: Lena's story

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    Re: Lena's story

    Hi Lena,
    Welcome! I don’t know if there is much I can add to what has already been said. Like drz I also use the Sinu Pulse machine. It has an attachment for the mouth, which I find helps the...
  22. Thread: Reply to Lena

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    Reply to Lena

    Hi Andrew,
    Is there any way we could respond and welcome Lena.
    Thanks,
    Masha
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    Re: Happy Birthdays Thread

    Anne,
    A belated very happy birthday wish. Sounds like you had a very blue day. Are the blueberries in your area large and sweet?
    Whether we celebrate them or not birthdays are grand, because it...
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    Re: Prednisone Reduction

    Geez-O-Pete! You guys got hit with a double whammy. Stress is hard on GPA, sometimes it just cant be avoided. Moving is brutal, but at least now no worries about maintaining a yard or shoveling...
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    Re: Prednisone Reduction

    Thanks Pete. It has taken me 2 months to get down 1 1/2 mg without a flare. Any faster and I will be back where I started.
    Sorry to hear you are having a flare. Do you know what brought it on? ...
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