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by jack_mac
Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 500 Pred Forte drops: should I be concerned?
Replies: 1
Views: 1488

500 Pred Forte drops: should I be concerned?

I’m 15 weeks into my first-ever Iritis attack and I’m concerned that my local ophthalmologist still has me on Pred Forte drops. It was a very bad 4+ flare up, but I was down to trace cells after 4 wks and 0 cells after 6 wks. At that point he started a taper from 4 drops, but he kept me at 2 drops f...
by jack_mac
Tue Jul 07, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: Iritis/Uveitis Specialists
Topic: When to see a specialist
Replies: 14
Views: 12680

It's complicated

Mike You’re right. I should just turn my treatment over to CSF, or one of the Docs he trained. Unfortunately it’s not that simple. My insurance will probably cover me to get some consults from Dr Chu [although I still haven’t gotten the authorization yet], but never as my primary Rheumy. And they de...
by jack_mac
Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:09 pm
Forum: Iritis/Uveitis Specialists
Topic: When to see a specialist
Replies: 14
Views: 12680

Any reason to start with monotherapy?

Mike, My Dx is PsA with spondylosis, sacroiliitis, enthesitis & uveitis. [Although it could also be AS]. The uveitis is new, but I’ve had the other symptoms [arthritis, psoriasis, Raynaud’s, Guillian-Barre, IBS, etc] for at least 10-15 years. My Rheumatologist is going to start me on a monotherapy o...
by jack_mac
Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: Iritis/Uveitis Specialists
Topic: When to see a specialist
Replies: 14
Views: 12680

Re: When to see a specialist

Mike, I'm trying to get a referral from my eye doc, but the earliest appt I can get is July 10th. Then my HMO has an approval process for out-of-network referrals which they tell me can take as long as 15 business days. So it's possible I won't have an approved referral until late July, at which poi...
by jack_mac
Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: Iritis/Uveitis Specialists
Topic: When to see a specialist
Replies: 14
Views: 12680

Re: When to see a specialist

Mike - Thanks for the quick reply. A couple of follow-ups: 1) I'll go with Dr. Chu in Newark, unless it proves too hard to get an appt, in which case I'll try Dr. Nguyen. I want to get the ball rolling - I'm already 7 weeks into this attack and the more I read up on Uveitis, the more I understand ho...
by jack_mac
Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:58 pm
Forum: Iritis/Uveitis Specialists
Topic: When to see a specialist
Replies: 14
Views: 12680

Re: When to see a specialist

Mike - I have a appt with my Primary Care Doc this week. I'm going to get a referral to one of the OID specialists you recommended: -Dr Nguyen at Hopkins -Dr Chu in NJ -Dr Samson in NYC Is there any reason to choose one over the other, or just go with the one who is closest (Dr Chu). My local Rheuma...
by jack_mac
Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: Iritis/Uveitis Specialists
Topic: When to see a specialist
Replies: 14
Views: 12680

When to see a specialist

Mike, I'm six weeks into my first ever Iritis attack. The eye is slowly getting better and I'm down to just 3 drops of Pred Forte a day, and beginning to taper down the oral Prednisone. So far I've had seven visits with my ophthalmologist. I also have numerous autoimmune-type conditions, including G...
by jack_mac
Sun May 24, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Introduction, and a question
Replies: 1
Views: 1537

Introduction, and a question

Mike - I just discovered this site. Thanks for this amazing resource. I’m a 40yr old male. I’m 3 weeks into my first ever Iritis attack. My eye doctor has me on Pred Forte drops every hour, plus Cyclogyl for dilation, and 20mg prednisone orally 3x per day. I have history of auto-immune problems (inc...