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Disorders X 3, Olux and Dovonex
I've been browsing your site for a while now. I was reading about P
and other autoimmune diseases and decided to write in.
I am 29 years
old and have had P for 17 years. I’ve also have Rheumatoid arthritis and
iritis (inflammation of the eyes) for about 25 years. I have found
that when my eyes are inflamed, my P and my Arthritis are
better. When my P is bad my eyes are better, etc. And the P first showed
up about 3 months after a remission from arthritis and iritis. I am under
care from 3 different doctors a derm, primary care, and eye doctor. I
wish there was one "inflammation" doctor that I could go to.
Anyway, for the
P, I was prescribed Olux foam to use twice a day for 2 weeks and Dovonex
to use at night forever. The results were great until I got lazy on the
Dovonex, but it’s under control again.
will find use of this information. –RMD
Response: I hear you.
The more we learn about P and other malfunctions of the immune
system — like inflammation in general — the more it seems our medical
specializations need to be revisited.
The other day I
was prognosticating with a friend about the medical profession in the
future. I was arguing that
medical specialties may be rearranged in less obvious ways:
Instead of skin doctors, bone doctors, foot doctors, etc. etc., we
may have doctors that specialize in systems (which is happening in some
respects already). An
“inflammation specialist” might be a subset of practitioners under
some new order of “immunologists.”
(Mind you, the only thing that was missing from this conversation
was the two of us seated at a bar enjoying several stiff drinks.)
countered at one point by saying that he did not think the specializations
would change; they would hang around because of tradition and entrenched
thinking. Just like we must
now look up what the word “psoriasis” means and where it came from,
someday we may have to do the same to understand why a certain kind of
doctor is called a “urologist” and where that scatological name came
from. My friend went on to say
it wouldn’t matter because the original reason for specialization
won’t exist anymore. He said
specialization resulted from too much information for any “generalist”
to keep up with, but that was before “information technology” meant
all knowledge was ubiquitous to those who possess the passwords.
It made sense
to me. My GP decided it was
time for me to take a blood pressure medication, not because of high blood
pressure (I’m taking another drug for that) but because the drug was
known to mitigate kidney damage done by diabetes, but any new drug poses a
potential threat because I’m taking so many drugs prescribed by
different physicians. No
problem. He whipped out his
Palm Pilot and poked away with his stylus.
When I asked he told me, “I have the drug interaction
encyclopedia in here.” That’s
right, in his Palm Pilot.
Olux/Dovonex combo therapy is catching on.
I hope your good luck continues — just don’t get lazy anymore!
Stay in touch,