Had a trip to the rheumatologist today. Dr. Small is a great doctor. I got right in, and he took a lot of time with me, explaining the blood test results. There were some test levels he was looking for: S-somethings...that were low, which was good. If the level was high, then there could be a potential for lymphoma in the future, if it is sjögren's. A lot of if's there! My level is low, so no worries.
On the other hand, my creatinine level was a bit elevated. They want to keep an eye on that, as it can determine if there is kidney involvement. The normal levels are .06-1.0 for women. Mine was up a little...1.2. It's nothing to get anxious about...just to be aware. He told me to just make sure that I don't take any medicine that could damage my kidney. Oops...I've been taking Advil once a day in the last couple of days for the lip pain! So he gave me a prescription for a different kind of pain reliever that doesn't contain NSAIDs. He said it should help with the muscle and joint pain, also. He gave me a paper about Plaquenil, the prescription that he may give me if I do have sjögren's. He told me to look it over and see if I have any questions. What a difference! I haven't had ANY doctor do that before!
My weight was down, and he was pleased about that. I honestly think I'm going to patent this diet and call it "The Lip Biopsy Diet"! Nothing but pudding, ice cream and shakes.... Sound good? Give it a couple of days, and the thought of milk products will make you want to run for the hills!! :) Soooo....if I hear of anyone going ahead of me and copyrighting the diet...I'll be seeing you for my royalty check!! ;)
I go back on the 4th of August for the results of the biopsy. If nothing new develops before then, I'll update you in a couple of weeks!