I will be seeking medical advice on Monday, but would appreciate any thoughts from the experienced bunch here in the meantime.
Briefly, i have a recently diagnosed Connective Tissue Auto Immune Disorder with Interstitial Lung Disease (overlap syndrome).
I've been taking 400mg hydroxy for about 6 months, and 20mg prednisilone for the last 6 weeks. Three weeks ago, I also started daily Fragmin injections as i have developed phlebitis. I have long standing gastritis, for which I take lansoprazole.
So far, I seem to have had few side effects (but also few positive effects!) from the drugs, and last week, my respiratory consultant suggested I start mycophenolate soon (I haven't done this yet).
However, the last few days, I have developed a nasty kind of daily cycle of "unwellness" - as the day goes on, I feel increasingly weak and shaky, with increasing chills and hot flushes and nausea (although I don't have a temperature). By bedtime, I feel really ill.
As I say, I will be ringing my doc on Monday, so don't want/need/expect a diagnosis. But I would be grateful if this kind of pattern is familiar to anyone -how do you tell the difference between when you are having a bad reaction to medication, having a flare and a bug, or whatever?