Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.
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I'm Dr. Phil
Can I ask your first name?
nice to meet you
how high was your sed rate initially?
Not sure, sorry
okay no problem
This does seem appropriate
the prednisone dose that is
One thing I would ask your doctor is if you can get on methotrexate and start to wean down prednisone
This is done commonly now and saves all the side effects of prednisone
ok thank you
any more questions for me?
How long would I need to be on Methotrexate and would it depend on ESR results? Is it considered a cure for teporal arteritis?
Its not a cure
it is more of a suppressive drug like prednisone
there is no cure
yes they would continue to monitor the ESR results just like when you are on prednisone
Is there still a chance of losing my sight?
not from the temporal arteritis
because your sed rate is so low.
as long as it remains low you are fine
Thank you - what would you consider to be a high reading of ESR?
higher than I would like is anything above 20
OK thank you
you're welcome :)
Not for now. Thank you
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