My rheumatology nurse has told me if I am given antibiotics or if I'm poorly and don't necessarily need antibiotics and don't seem to be getting better I should come off aziathioprine until I feel better to give my immune system a chance. It seems sensible advice & it does usually work for me but I always get a little worried doing it. It is true when I do minor ailments such as colds and stomach bugs they do seem to linger for ages compared to other people such as my partner or work colleagues who shrug things off within a couple of days. I have got a stomach bug probably picked up flight back from my flight back or holiday in Turkey recently - however I always get worried about coming off aziathioprine for any period of time .
I suppose that's what is called self care and knowing your body. It a similar worry to my GP giving me a spare course of antibiotics this winter to take if I know I've got a chest infection in case I can't get an appointment quickly.
Just wondered if others had been given similar advice? My rheumatology nurse was frustrated with one of my GPs - as they don't always know that much about my condition and so sometimes play safe and don't recommend coming off azathioprine as my consultant has put me on it. I'd telephoned the rheumatology helpline for advice as I wasn't getting better from an infection.