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tkachev
tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
edited 6. Feb 2011, 18:26 in Living with Arthritis archive
Well I have finished my course of antibiotics and was told as soon as I finished the 7 day course I could go straight back onto my Humira and MTX. However I still feel like I have the chest infection and the symptoms are the same plus I keep getting shooting pains in my back.
So should I go back to GP to get her advice, more antibiotics or go back on the MTX/humira combination.My knees are killing me and aren't bending, making stairs, sleeping and getting up from chairs difficult.

Any advice would be appreciated. Anyone had a similar experience where the anti biotics don't seem to have worked?

Elizabeth
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  • Colin1
    Colin1 Member Posts: 1,769
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    You should phone the Rheumy secretary and ask to see her ASAP and get her to sort it out, I was on the same meds as you and it took me months to get better then i got the infection back as soon as i started back on the humira.
    Colin
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  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    If the symptoms are still there then the anti-biotics have not done their stuff and another course may be required. Go to the GP, pronto. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
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    Thank you Colin and DD I feel so much better knowing I am not the only one. GP sounded so certain it would be okay after 7 days and there was no mention of if it doesn't get better come back. I will phone my Rheummy now too.

    Cheers
    Elizabeth
    Never be bullied into silence.
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  • tjt6768
    tjt6768 Member Posts: 12,170
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    Hi Elizabeth, hope you get things sorted soon hun...

    Get yourself better..

    :grin:
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  • julie47
    julie47 Member Posts: 6,041
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    Hi Elizabeth
    I would go back to gp if you can
    Hope you feel better soon
    Take care
    juliepf x
  • elnafinn
    elnafinn Member Posts: 7,412
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    Dear Elizabeth

    I am so sorry that you still do not feel at all well. I would go back to your gp. You have had this cough/cold etc for so long that you more than likely need a second script for antibiotics to knock it on its head. Unfortunately this is not unusual. I would try to not leave it too long.
    I so hope you begin to feel better soon.

    Love
    Elna x(())
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    If you can lay down at night knowing in your heart that you made someone's day just a little bit better, you know you had a good day.
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
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    Hi Elizabeth
    Sorry I cant help, apart from saying if I were you I would go back, especially has you are suffering being off your meds.
    I hope you see some improvement very soon.
    Love
    Barbara x
    Love
    Barbara
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,487
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    Oh Elizabeth

    Poor you.

    I hope someome can advise you properly today. Me? I would be back at the docs - I am cautious.

    Love

    Toni xx
  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
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    Back to GP Friday. So that is another 3 days of increasing arthritis pain.Plus the time I take the anti biotics. Still reading Colin's post it is important to get this sorted.
    Thank you Elna, Tony, Toni, Barbara and Julie for taking the time to reply, this is dragging on wish I could post back on meds.

    Elizabeth
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    You could start them again but I think that would be self-defeating: a weakened immune system will only lead to prolonged infection, and possibly a worsening of the whole thing. If the anti-biotics have not knocked it on the head in one week then the infection is a strong 'un and will take some fighting. It is a shame you could not see the GP earlier - our surgery will only book people in on the day, the idea of booking in advance has 'em rolling in the aisles. The very idea that they should provide a service, honestly, what are us patients like? DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
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    DD you make me laugh. I am lucky that it is relatively easy to get an appointment, no long phone queue or book on the day. But still a long wait when you just want to get on with things.I shall just put my feet up as much as possible.Don't think I shall risk the meds just yet.

    Cheers for now, hope you are managing okay too.

    Elizabeth
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    Personally I think that is the right decision - yes it's a pain (literally) but a few extra days now could save you weeks of it later, to my way of thinking. I wish you well, rest as much as you possibly can, perhaps (as you are off everything) you could take some zinc to boost your immune system, to help kill off the infection. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • speedalong
    speedalong Member Posts: 3,315
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    HI Elizabeth these bugs are proving VERY hard to shift. It is a pity the docs can't see you sooner ...

    S's first course of antibiotics did nothing for him. I waited to see if he improved (then wished I hadn't) as once on a second much stronger course - he quickly started to improve.

    Resting up as much as you can in the meantime sounds a good plan. Rest will help your body to fight off the bugs and your poor joints will be grateful too.

    Speedy
    I have had OA since mid twenties. It affects my hips and knees. I had a THR on the left aged 30 and now have a resurface-replacement on the right - done May 2010.
  • ironic
    ironic Member Posts: 2,361
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    Hi Elizabeth,
    I was sorry to hear things are dragging on for you. I hope the next lot of Ab’s do the trick this time. It is very difficult to get these chest infections sorted in one go, especially when there is such damp cold weather to contend with.

    Take care,
    Lv, Ix
  • chris7
    chris7 Bots Posts: 2,696
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    Hi Elizabeth

    So sorry to see you are still struggling there and will have to wait till Friday to see the doc. Do take care and rest when you can, though I doubt you can manage much of that with the children to see to. I leave some gentle hugs for you and hope you do feel better soon. ((( )))
    love
    Chris
  • julie47
    julie47 Member Posts: 6,041
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    Hi elizabeth
    just popped in again to see how you were doing. Not so good still.....I am sorry. Poor you having to wait till friday to see a doc.
    Infact thats terrible. We can ring in the morning to try for an appointment.
    You do have to be sat at the phone dead on 8am and press redial for about 10 mins.
    Hope you can rest during the day
    take care
    and will have my fingers crossed on friday
    juliepf x
  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
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    speedalong wrote:
    HI Elizabeth these bugs are proving VERY hard to shift. It is a pity the docs can't see you sooner ...

    S's first course of antibiotics did nothing for him. I waited to see if he improved (then wished I hadn't) as once on a second much stronger course - he quickly started to improve.

    Resting up as much as you can in the meantime sounds a good plan. Rest will help your body to fight off the bugs and your poor joints will be grateful too.

    Speedy

    I should have started anti biotics sooner but waited for it to go on its own accord. I shall be wiser next time. So hopefully I will get a much stronger course this time.Glad S is better now.

    E x
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

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  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
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    ironic wrote:
    Hi Elizabeth,
    I was sorry to hear things are dragging on for you. I hope the next lot of Ab’s do the trick this time. It is very difficult to get these chest infections sorted in one go, especially when there is such damp cold weather to contend with.

    Take care,
    Lv, Ix

    Thanks Iris, I am reassured that it is a common problem and not just me! although my sympathy is with all those who have gone through similar. I can't wait for the warmer weather to arrive as had enough of this cold, damp weather.Jan and Feb are my least favourite months so I shall hibernate.

    E x
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
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    dreamdaisy wrote:
    Personally I think that is the right decision - yes it's a pain (literally) but a few extra days now could save you weeks of it later, to my way of thinking. I wish you well, rest as much as you possibly can, perhaps (as you are off everything) you could take some zinc to boost your immune system, to help kill off the infection. DD

    I am on one sulfa in the morn and one in evening plus iron tabs. Not much is it really? Where would I get zinc? over the counter? I could ask GP or will she dismiss it I wonder?
    I am currently walking backwards down the stairs as pain is less that way.Just hope the humira works when I start it again!

    E x
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
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    chris7 wrote:
    Hi Elizabeth

    So sorry to see you are still struggling there and will have to wait till Friday to see the doc. Do take care and rest when you can, though I doubt you can manage much of that with the children to see to. I leave some gentle hugs for you and hope you do feel better soon. ((( )))
    love
    Chris

    The GP is lovely so worth the wait.She listens.
    Kids are having trying to be good but still lots of rushing after them. It seems to never end.OH is being a very good cook so nobody is starving.Thank you for the gentle hugs.Hope you are managing too.
    E x
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
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    julie47 wrote:
    Hi elizabeth
    just popped in again to see how you were doing. Not so good still.....I am sorry. Poor you having to wait till friday to see a doc.
    Infact thats terrible. We can ring in the morning to try for an appointment.
    You do have to be sat at the phone dead on 8am and press redial for about 10 mins.
    Hope you can rest during the day
    take care
    and will have my fingers crossed on friday
    juliepf x

    Thank you Julie.I might have seen another GP sooner but this one is lovely and saw me first time so no explaining to do. I am sitting down as much as poss but sewing, writing cheques that sort of thing.Luckily hands doing very well.
    Take care
    E x
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
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    Hi Elizabeth

    So sorry to read this is dragging on for you, but I suppose not worth the risk of starting the humira just yet. As Speedy said, there do seem to be a lot of nasty, tenacious bugs around just now.

    You rest as much as possible (I know ....not that easy), and fingers crossed you won't have to be in pain much longer.

    Take care,
    love from Lynn xx

    Thanks Lynn, lovely to hear from you. Hope you are feeling better.Dan has respite tonight, lots of fun, mc D and mars bar. It is his routine.So I will get a bit more rest than usual.
    E x
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

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  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    You are not on a lot, are you? I am on 6 sulpha per day, and when I have to stop the meth/humira for a 'proper' illness I do turn to the zinc. I buy it over the counter from the local chemist, it's in the supplements bit. Whether I should or not is another matter, but I like getting better as fast as I can. If you have any doubts then check with your rheumatology nurse or your GP on Friday. We are all different in what we can or cannot do, what we should or should not do and in how we react to things. As for the stairs, I only come down forwards when in public - backwards is far easier on the joints, for some reason. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
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    dreamdaisy wrote:
    You are not on a lot, are you? I am on 6 sulpha per day, and when I have to stop the meth/humira for a 'proper' illness I do turn to the zinc. I buy it over the counter from the local chemist, it's in the supplements bit. Whether I should or not is another matter, but I like getting better as fast as I can. If you have any doubts then check with your rheumatology nurse or your GP on Friday. We are all different in what we can or cannot do, what we should or should not do and in how we react to things. As for the stairs, I only come down forwards when in public - backwards is far easier on the joints, for some reason. DD

    Thanks DD. I sort of gave up on over the counter meds long ago as things can interract with each other but I will ask my GP as, like you said ,one wants and needs to get better.
    'proper illness' I like that.

    E x
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,487
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    Hi Elizabeth

    Saw an ex colleague with RA yesterday she took three course of anibiotics to get her infection under control - the poor lass thought she was dying. Carried on with her mtx and humira throughout. :shock:

    SO very glad you have an appt and it sounds worth it to see a lovely GP.

    Take care

    Love

    toni xx