Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas (sniff)

It's not even Christmas yet and I've already received a surprise gift - a heavy Christmas cold. It's always the way, working hard up to the holidays then relaxing a little bit and getting ill. I can't even blame it on the consequences of Azathioprine as this has happened before (and also my wife has been coughing like there's no tomorrow for the last week, so there have been lots of germs floating about). I'd still like to know what role, if any, Azathioprine plays in these kind of infections. I get public transport to work every day, so am presumably exposed to all kinds of bugs, but don't get ill all that often. Should Azathioprine mean I am more frequently ill, or that when I am ill I get it worse or for longer? This is the worst cold I've had for a while but I'm not stuck in bed (some would say I'm a "difficult patient" in that respect) and it's not exceptional on the scale of things. I had another cold about three months ago and got it less severely than my wife. It's all a bit mysterious. Anyway, it won't get in the way of having a good holiday.

So I'd like to wish everyone - the regular readers and those who visit the blog occasionally or stumble across it at random - a very Merry Christmas and hope to see you all in 2013.

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  1. Azathioprine is your drug, mine is methotrexate, which my dr. wants to see at 20 mg/week, from 5.0/week at present before having an MRI done and perhaps finally reducing the pred. What dosage are you taking? Will you always be on this dose or will it be reduced in future? Diz Liz

    1. Hi Liz,

      I've been on 100mg twice a day of Azathioprine for 9 or 10 months now. I've no idea what the "plan" is long term. Quite a few people seem to relapse eventually over 1-2 years when not taking the pred. So my preference is probably to stay on Azathioprine for another year and see if I stay well. Anyway, see what the doc says in February.