Symptoms of Lupus
About 13 years ago, I was dx with Lupus. I am taking the following meds: Plaquenil 1 bid 200 mg/tab Daypro 1 bid 600 mg/caplet Coreg 1 bid 12.50 mg Isosorbide 1 day 30 mg/tab Benicar HCT 1 a.m. Tab 40 - 12.5 Ambien 1 p.m. 10 mg Vicodin 1 every 6 hours 7.5/750 Glucophage 2 tap a.m. 1 tab p.m. 500 mg/tab Allegra-D 1 every day 24hour tablet Cymbalta 1 bid 30 mg/cap OTC Similason Earache Relief ear drops as needed/pain Lorazapam 1 as needed 10?/mg Paxil 1 as needed ?/mg Flexiril ? Cortisone as needed for knee joint pain Nitroclycerin pump spray as needed (no longer needed) I have been on prednisone; naprosyn; etc.
Current and past symptoms: Chest pain radiating to left arm
Lung collapsed (3 times)
Severe knee pain (difficulty manipulating stairs/cannot sit or stand for long periods of time because of severe pain and stiffness; cannot walk on uneven pavements)
Lazy leg syndrome joint pain - wrists; sides; arms; legs; (all over)
severe cramping in feet; ankle; muscle in mid thigh
shortness of breath
vertigo (swooning) balance problems
hoarseness redness of throat
change in vision bruises (w/o trauma) discoloration sensitive to sun mouth sores head sores (oozing sometimes)
nose sores tiredness fibromyalgia alopecia sleep apnea acid reflux ( this symptom has dissipated)
must have plenty of rest -- can no longer go shopping for hours cannot hold/lift slightly heavy items arthritis severe ear pain/aches ear ringing ear sensitivity severe migraines (Vicodin does not help; so doctors give codeine) dry feet - peeling heart murmur memory
For the past month, I have been seeing a N.D., CNC, CNHP. He recommended that I try Novavit for three months. It is very very expensive; but I decided to try it for one month. I experienced severe muscle cramps in both my feet, ankles, and mid thigh. The CNHP recommended that I take 1/2 dose of the Novavit at night and the a.m. Since I was still experiencing the cramping, but it was not as severe, I decided to take only 1/2 dose a day.
I have experimented with Black Strap Molasses and Apple Cider Vinegar and noticed a significant amount of weight loss (13 pounds within three weeks) However, just two days ago, my rheumatologist called to say that my recent lab work revealed that my blood sugar was "way too high" and that he was going to prescribe another medication; and if after two weeks if my sugar was still high, he recommends that I go on insulin. I checked my blood sugar and it was 404!!! I was very disappointed because I thought that the Novavit was a "cure-all" according to the CNHP! Please advise as to how I can lower my blood pressure and specifically my sugar! I have stopped taking the Novavit; but would like to know if I should continue taking the Black Strap Molasses and Cider Vinegar. (Yesterday, I informed the CNHP of my rheumatologist recent findings. The CNHP asked that I e-mail the specifics -- which I did -- and stated that he would get back to me.