Tumid Lupus and Fibromyalgia Rheumatica

Posted by billjan @billjan, Mon, Jun 10 10:02am

I originally went to Mayo back in 2013. I got a confirmation on my tumid lupus diagnosis. Since then I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia rheumatica. I am interested in finding out if there are any new advances in the treatment of these two conditions. I am currently taking 5 mg/day predisone(down from 20 mg/day,decreased 5 mg/month) for the fibromyalgia rheumatica, with alendronate sodium once/week to fight osteoporosis. I also taking 17.5 mg/week methotrexate to help with the tumid lupus, I think. I would appreciate and help I can get regarding these conditions.

Hi @billjan, I have polymyalgia rheumatica which is similar to fibromyalgia except I think fibromyalgia is not caused by inflammation or it's not one of the symptoms. I don't think there are any ground breaking new treatments for either but there are a lot of things that help which other members may be able to share with you. I found a couple of sites that my be helpful.

What is the difference between polymyalgia and fibromyalgia?
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321532.php
https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/tools-resources/expert-q-a/fibromyalgia-questions/polymyalgia-fibromyalgia.php
What to eat if you have polymyalgia rheumatica
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321683.php
https://creakyjoints.org/diet-exercise/fibromyalgia-diet/

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I made a mistake. I have polymyalgia rheumatica also.

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I really wish this hospital would consider some people on Medicaid. I have SSI not SSD. I became sick with lupus at such a young age in Florida and was t elegivsle cor SSD

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@jennifer2010

I really wish this hospital would consider some people on Medicaid. I have SSI not SSD. I became sick with lupus at such a young age in Florida and was t elegivsle cor SSD

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Hello @jennifer2010, I agree with you that all hospitals should consider people on Medicaid. Recently, National Public Radio did a story on this topic.

Hospital Finances Improve After Medicaid Expansion, But At Whose Expense?
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/03/26/706529004/hospital-finances-improve-after-medicaid-expansion-but-at-whose-expense

I don't know if it's helpful to you or not but Mayo Clinic has some information on financial assistance:

Charitable Care and Financial Assistance at Mayo Clinic
http://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/billing-insurance/financial-assistance

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