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  • 4 days ago

    Could I have Lupus?

    Hello, I am a 26 year old male living with a variety of ailments yet to be treated effectively. After extensive research online, I have several reasons to believe that I am one of the few male suspects with lupus. At age 8, I began losing hair in splotches along the back of my head which would soon be diagnosed as alopecia areata. Shortly after, strange reoccurring rashes began forming along my knees and random places around my arms and neck. These rashes were diagnosed as both a dermatitis and eczema....
  • 4 days ago

    Medical Marijuana Strain For Lupus?

    Hi, I just want to ask if someone ever tried using cannabis for pain management? I am 35 years old now and been battling lupus for almost half of my life now. I have read many articles suggesting highly concentrated cannabis oil can be effective and alternative meds for people suffering lupus. Pain and inflammation are two commonly recognized therapeutic properties of cannabis, so its ability to treat lupus effectively is not surprising. Like this review on a Northern Lights strain from http://www....
  • 4 days ago

    Drug-induced lupus

    Has anyone ever been diagnosed with DIL (drug-induced lupus)? A few years ago, I began having lupus like symptoms that caused a lot of dysfunction in my life for over a year, and I had a positive ANA test. I was referred to a rhumetoid specialist but he only thought it was something other than lupus and yet never gave me any other diagnosis after many many many tests, referrals, etc. I have had a healthy year now since then but feel at times as if I could be experiencing those symptoms again. I was....
  • 16 days ago

    Swollen Lymph Nodes

    I'm 53yo, with Lupus and just had my infusion last Friday. Sunday, I noticed a lump below my right ear, the size of a pea that was tender to the touch. Today, the lump grew the size of a small pebble, and still tender to the touch and it hurts quite a bit when I raise my head. I recently had been nursing a head cold and just been getting over it. I never had experienced a swollen lymph node before. Can you tell me what this is all about and why this happens? Should I monitor the growth? I don't....

  • 1 month ago

    Sun allergy maybe?

    I'm not quite sure what's going on with me. I'm a teenager- I was diagnosed with mono at the beginning of January. It's now July, and all my symptoms had gone away. I started working as a lifeguard and swim instructor this summer so I spend 4 or 5 + hours in the sun almost everyday. I've never had any reaction to the sun before, except I've never spent this much time outside before. I've been getting this red rash all the way down the inside/tops of my arms and legs. It's....
  • 2 months ago

    How Do You Manage Your Lupus?

    Whether you’re an adult dealing with your own diagnosis or the parent of a child with lupus, you have challenges to face every day. Throughout Lupus Awareness Month we’ve talked about how lupus is diagnosed, the symptoms to look for, what questions you should ask your doctor, and what treatments may help you manage your symptoms. Today we’re taking a look at tips to help you live well with and manage those everyday challenges that come with having lupus. So, take a look at these articles that cover....
  • 3 months ago

    What You Should Know About Lupus Treatments

    Although there’s no cure for lupus, there are treatments and lifestyle changes that can help you manage your symptoms. Treatments can help ease your symptoms, bring down inflammation, prevent and relieve flares, and prevent organ damage and other health problems. What types of treatment available to you depends on your symptoms and how severe they are. Here’s a quick overview of treatments as well as lifestyle changes that could help:
  • 3 months ago

    Happy with your Phoenix rheumatologist?

    The rheumatologist I am going to does not take adequate time with patients so we do not improve. If you have a doctor who knows autoimmune disorders with good patient skills, I need to get out of his office. I appreciate knowing.
  • 3 months ago

    What You Should Ask Your Doctor About Lupus

    Have you just been diagnosed with lupus? We know that this can be a confusing and stressful time, so we’ve put together a list of 10 questions that you should ask your doctor about lupus: For those who have been living with lupus for some time now, is there anything you’d add to this list? What do you wish you would have asked your doctor at that first appointment post-diagnosis?
  • 3 months ago

    May Is Lupus Awareness Month. Here’s What You Should Know

    Lupus is a lifelong disorder of the immune system, and it affects women 10 times more often than men. While the symptoms of lupus may be limited to the skin, more often lupus also causes internal problems and in severe cases can damage the heart, kidneys, and other vital organs. When lupus begins it can look a lot like rheumatoid arthritis, which causes joint pain and swelling, or fibromyalgia, which causes fatigue and pain. Find out what sets it apart, what puts you at risk, and how you can reduce....