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  • 4 days ago

    Lupus - a trigger - before and after diagnosis?

    For as long as I can remember, I have been plagued with sinus infections. Starting at age 17 I began having Migraines with Auras which continue. I had a complete hysterectomy at 30 and developed Bells Palsy at 38. I was diagnosed with Lupus at the age of 43. I began taking low levels of Plaquenil and remarkably it reduced the symptoms & I returned to work after a 2-year layoff. I modified my diet, stress levels and workload and except for flu and sinus infections (which usually lasted 10x longer....
  • 4 days ago

    Lupus or scarcoidosis

    My blood test show. ANA positive (speckled pattern) ESR elevated and my ACE elevated. Dr is not sure if it's lupus or scarcoidosis. Anyone have any thoughts on this? I was also reading a book that Sulfa can cause a flare in Lupus patients. In Dec 2016 I had a UTI and my primary physician gave me sulfamethoxazole..... a certain antibiotic. This was what it said on the Lupus site "Bactrim and Septra are often prescribed for bacterial infections, especially urinary tract infections. They are....
  • 4 days ago

    Muscle tears-

    I have lupus and rheumatoid arthritis I have noticed that I seem to get muscle tears very easily is this due to these diseases? I also have tendinitis in numerous tendons
  • 4 days ago

    I need answers o lupus as everything comes up negative yet naturopath says it positive and I have rashes

    Rash on face hands and it won't go away.Im tired all the time.One doctor said it looks like Lyme disease.Dies anyone think they can help as I'm at my wits end.My life is passing me by.
  • 4 days 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.
  • 4 days ago

    sepsis pathogens

    I am not sure exactly how this happens or if there are certain circumstances in which it does not apply .. so i hope this makes sense! I have a cousin who has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Hemolytic Anemia, Pernicious Anemia, Iron Deficiency Anemia, RA, and a lot of other things that go along with that. She is not in remission. her immune system is weak. her wbc count is low. Her mom is currently in the hospital after going into septic shock due to a colon perforation. I know sepsis ITSELF ISN'T....
  • 4 days ago

    Should I tell people at work that I have lupus?

    Since my diagnosis I've been struggling with whether or not to tell my boss or my coworkers that I have lupus. So far I've been able to control my flares to the point where they haven't interfered with my work, but I worry that won't always be the case. I don't want my boss to think that this will be a detriment to the company or my work and I don't want the others to think that I am being given special treatment. A lot of the time my symptoms are things that you can't....
  • 4 days ago

    Do I have Lupus?

    Im 18 and I had blood work down in 2014 for joint pain and the doctor said it was a false positive and tested me again and never heard about it again. I switches doctors and she told me I tested positive 2 time in 2014 for my ANA test. My "Value" was 1:80 both time but my WBC was normal and my Neutrophils were always up and down. A couple time lowr then average. My new doctor made me get more blood work and this time I tested positive for ANA with a 1:160 and my WBC is 3.4 which it says....
  • 4 days 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....
  • 4 days 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: http://wb.md/2pgYr2e 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?