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  1. melanie s says:

    what is a possible cause for my aunt’s mysterious headaches and itchiness? I’m thinking it could be lupus?
    So my aunt’s had these severe headaches pretty much everday which started a couple years ago. They aren’t all the same and varied from being mild to very severe. She says some of her headaches can be aleviated with massage, other times the massage worsens it. Sometimes pain medication helps and sometimes it doesn’t do a thing. Also her headaches can worsen with heat, loud noise, moisture, light, reading small words from a book, a sleeping position, caffine, spicy foods, and soda I think. She also gets severe dermatitis in her face and hands and arms, which flares up and goes away. No one knows the cause so far. This sounds like an auto-immune disease to me and I’m thinking of lupus. Or could it be related to severe anxiety/stress?

    • PurpleHeart says:

      Her age?
      Have she recently check her eye ball pressure?
      Does she had history with migraines?

      “This sounds like an auto-immune disease to me and I’m thinking of lupus”
      I don’t know, auto immune like lupus should be wide-attack area, not severe on the head and on the skin. She could experience symptoms with her kidney, lungs, intestine, joints, etc. But since it seems only at above region, I can’t tell..

      “Or could it be related to severe anxiety/stress?”
      Yes it could

  2. Gabby124 says:

    What can cause my everyday headaches and make me feel unwell?
    O.K So for about 4 years I have been feeling over all unwell I ahve these episodes where I get headaches everyday allday for weeks to months at a time.Also during these times I get fatigue,brain fog and feel tired and have some stomach issues and sometimes panic/anxiety attacks.I have to admit that I am a bit of a hypocondriac so I go to the Doc and ER atleast once a month when this stuff happens.I started to get sick like this after I got the Gardasil shots but no doctor wants to believe the shot ruined my life but then again they can not find a cause for me to feel like crap.I have a 6 year old daughter that needs me to be well so I can take card of her proper and I have a great relationship that I feel like im losing because of how I feel everyday I cant live like this any more and dont know what to do so before u say get tested for this and that I will tell you what I been tested for……

    Anemia
    Thyroid
    Diabetes
    Lupus
    Lyme Disease
    Complete Blood Count
    Clotting Problems
    Arthritis
    CT Of The
    CT Of The Sinuses
    Chest X-Ray
    MRI Of The Brain
    MRI Of The Entire Spine
    Ct Of The Abdomen
    EKG
    Echcardiogram
    24 Hour Halter Monitor
    Stress Test
    Ultrasound Of My Legs
    Thyroid Ultrasound

    AND THEY WERE ALL NORMAL!!!!!

  3. derecho says:

    I always knew that stuff was poison !

  4. musicgirlie44 says:

    Unfortunate Family….help?
    My aunt was diagnosed with Lupus about 3 years ago. In the past year my uncle found out that he has a serious disease where his brain is swelling too large for his skull. The pain is getting near unbearable becasue the swelling causes HORRIBLE headaches, as you can imagine. He can not drive or work because he gets dizzy. He was bedbound for a long time, but now can sit at the computer for about 5 minutes before irritating his headache even worse. He had three brain surgeries when he was a baby, so doing surgery would be life threatening and way too dangerous. A spinal tap was discussed but was ruled out for health reasons as well. Our family is kinda stuck and would like to provide this part of our family with comfort and possibly some suggestions or help…any ideas???

    Thank you and prayers are appreciated for the Hawk family!

    • bethy4jesus says:

      More information would be needed to give any suggestions. Is your uncle on hospice care for pain relief since it does not sound like they are doing any aggressive care. Do you live close to them? Email me if you would like… I certainly will pray to God for his comfort, for wisdom in his care, and to put His loving arms around them both. God bless you for caring.

      † On-call Prayer Warrior †

  5. .DELETED :| says:

    My lungs feel closed up? I can only take super short breaths?
    It’s not mucus or anything, and I’m not sick. I don’t have asthma either. What could this be? I can only take short, choppy breaths and it causes pain. This happens about 1 day a week for the full day. I visited the doctor, and he just told me to drink water. I live in Arizona, believe me I drink TONS of water. It hurts my chest and, I know I’ll get one of these, I have burped. I can burp on cue, :p so that’s not it. Please help. It hurts so bad is causes horrible headaches and it sucks because I’m struggling to breathe. The pain travels up then stops at the botom of my neck. I can’t sleep because this hurts so bad, PLEASE HELP!! This has been happening for about a year, it’s kind of an on and off thing.

    Additional Info:

    :(

    If this means anything:
    I’m 13, 5’2″ and I way 100 pounds….
    My mother has lupus, my grandma has lupus, my aunt has lupus, could I possibly have it?

    Thanks
    Someone asked about my hands sooo..:

    My hands don’t really hurt except sometimes when I close my hand into a fist, I can’t open it haha. When I do open it, it assumes the fist position (involuntarily). It then hurts. But I’m just guessing this is hand cramps, am I right?

    • niknah says:

      You’re doctor maybe no good. See another doctor, I presume your relatives would know of a doctor who understands lupus?

      Lupus can be life threatening, you may already know. Do you have pains near your hand area? Cramps in the hand’s joints are a sign of Lupus.

      Since it only happens once a week, write down all the symptoms while like you have now and show it to the doctor.
      There’s a good chance it won’t happen when you have the doctor’s appointment.

  6. Optimist says:

    Have your doctor run a Gliadin antibody panel. You also may benefit from having other tests done including: food allergy, heavy metal tests (Hg, Pb, As, etc), and other environmental toxin tests.

  7. :) says:

    Could I possibly have Lupus?
    I am a fifteen years old girl. My symptoms are:
    reynauds phenomenon, swollen/stiffness in joints (especially hands), extremely bad memory loss, fatigue and insomnia (exhaustion to the point where i can’t sleep), headaches, dizziness, loss of concentration causing confusion, weakness (i often feel like my muscles are just so weak and fragile), depression (it comes and goes), joint pain (it’s the worst in my knees), sensitivity to the sun (weird purple rashes that are not raised and last about a day), butterfly rash (only had it once when i was about 9), bad chest pains when breathing or moving (occasionally), hip pain, and anxiety.

    The symptoms are greater at times and i can go a while with out expirencing all of them. But I always seem to struggle with pain and fatigue the greatest.

    I’ve already been diagnosed with reynauds phenomenon. I was told that i DO NOT have arthritis at all. I’ve been tested for lupus twice. And was told i do not have it. A part of my ANA tests came back positive the first time. Is it possible that I have it and my doctors aren’t catching it? If you have lupus, were you misdiagnosed at first?

    I’m really worried and confused about what is going on with my body. Believe me, I hope that I am not ill; but if I am I want to know. I feel like these symptoms are taking over my life with the constant pain and horrible fatigue.

    So is it probable that I have lupus and the doctors have misdiagnosed me? Please help.
    I forgot to mention that when I am expirencing just about most of the symptoms and they all seem to be greater, I always get this weird skin sensitivity. It feels tender to the touch and is even painful to take a shower because of the water touching my skin. I’m not sure if that would be a sign of a “flare” but I have always found it strange and a very important symptom.
    @Ginny jin: no i don’t eat junk nor do i ever drink coffee but sometimes soda. i have a pretty healthy diet because of these symptoms. and i do spend most of my time indoors because of the pain and fatigue (it seems to control me). but i do walk about a mile or so 4 times out of the week to attempt stay active.
    @debbie: are there beginning stages to fibromyalgia? because i have read a little up on it and i have noticed that people talk about the pain being unbearable and constant. also that it was virtually impossible for them to lead a normal life. also i go to a very small highschool and i only have to walk to about three classes. i walk home almost everyday (that’s where i get my mile from). but i do think that i am expirencing “fibro fogs”. and very bad at that. they seem to be happening more and more lately. also i just recently started developing some of those symptoms. i almost feel like i am falling into sickness, if that makes sense

  8. Chasity says:

    Legal help…..please. VERY IMPORTANT!!!!?
    My little sister is having issues with one of her high school teachers. She is in 10th grade and I don’t want her high school experience messed up. She missed 7 days From Aug. 29 – April 20. That is almost once a month. She has been diagnosed with Tension Headaches, plus in that time frame our grandpa passed away, I had a miscarriage, and I found out I have Lupus. My question is, Is it legal for her teacher to bring up her personal life? The teacher called me with complains about seeing on her Facebook account that my little sister went to the movies and is being a teenager. Isn’t there some law where she can’t intrude into her personal life? PLEASE HELP!!! I am having a conference with the teacher today. I need all the information I can get. *My main thing is, my little sisters Facebook is private. So how the heck is she accessing it? This teacher is looking for a reason to cause trouble.

    • Mr Placid says:

      Maybe this teacher is noticing some issues about your sister and is simply concerned that whatever it is, it is seriously affecting her schoolwork.

      It used to be that teachers were sharply criticized when they noticed something seriously wrong with a student, but failed to do anything about it. For instance, a student with normally high grades suddenly begins turning in incomplete homework, fails tests, and acts depressed. Teacher does nothing, and the following week the kid hangs himself. Teacher criticized for not notifying parents, or administrators, that Johnny was acting way out of the norm. Maybe your sister’s teacher is noticing something, and simply wants to bring it to someone’s attention.

      Before you start jumping to conclusions, why don’t you just attend this conference, and see what the teacher has to say.

  9. Mrs. Duck says:

    Why does my blood pressure get so high then go back to somewhat normal?
    LONG BACKGROUND

    A few years ago, in 2004, I was attending college when I felt funny. My head felt all pressurized, but mostly what I had was this intense pressure in my chest. I didn’t feel right, and when I told my RA he called the ambulance. I didn’t want to go to the hospital, but the EMT wouldn’t take no, I guess my blood pressure was somewhre around 170/90. I wasn’t drinking caffeine, hadn’t had alcohol in weeks, and wasn’t eating junk food. Just came out of no where one night.

    Things were fine for about a year, when I had a trauatic experience, at sometime during this (I can’t remember when) I was dropped at the ER. This time my blood pressure was 210/115. They immediately hooked me up and brought me to a back room for observation. This time I had a horrible headache, and just didn’t feel right, like I couldn’t walk so dizzy. They had a few readings over the next several hours. It went up a little, topping out at 213/118. Then, fully of anxiety meds and IV who knows what…it finally leveled to around normal, or at least the 140′s/60′s.

    Fastforward to about a year later. I’m at college, have a headache, feel like crap. The school nurse takes my bloodpressure, and it wasn’t its worse, but still, it was 150s/80′s. They had me wait twenty minutes, checked again, still high, third time, about twenty minutes after the second, I was back to 120/60(ish).

    From then on out occasionally I’d have high readings, nothing as bad as the ones that had led me to the hospital, but high enough for the doctors to consnider, then place me on, a blood pressure medication. It made me feel really sick, and sometimes my blood pressure would get to low.

    They think I might have Lupus, normal bloodwork, but sun sensitive as well as a slightly elevated rheumatoid factor. I have had issues with upset stomachs, had my gallbladder out, even had seizures which they never found a cause for.

    Just wondering what could cause such high, and NOTICIBLE changes in blood pressure? Anyone have experience with something similiar?
    **My pulse rate is typically between 60-70 bpm, even while my blood pressure is raised.**

    I saw the doctor today, he suggested my pain caused my blood pressure to rise, which seems odd without an increase in pulse as well. Not to mention I’ve had increases before without pain. I have been monitored for kidney problems, actually. Sometimes my creatinine shows up high. I’ve also had chronic bouts of deydration, and once got so sick I was ketoacidodic. Hopefully my specialist narrows it down. They drew some blood to check for some sort of tumor that causes an increase in adrenaline. I do believe I need more kidney testing, as I’ve had some kidney issues in the pass, but they always seem to come and go!

    • Luke Skywalker says:

      Without simultaneous pulse-rate readings no-one can pinpoint what the cause is, but WITH pulse-rate readings I could give you some inkling of what’s happening.
      The clue is in the raised diastolic pressure readings, and indicate some vasoconstriction somewhere, – Typically it’s kidneys, but I would have thought your doctors should have picked this up.

      THat’s where I’d start looking. I say this, because the doctors are quite wrong in thinking “hypertension” causes kidney failure. In fact, kidney disease is the cause, and raised diastolic pressure is the result, -the symptom, in fact.

      I’m not saying it must be the kidneys, because constriction (as opposed to blockage) of blood vessels anywhere in the body, (and it could easily be a different organ), will cause the brain to make the heart generate higher diastolic pressure to overcome the resistance to flow. In doing so, the pulse-pressure must rise, and the result is high systolic pressures too. But I repeat, it’s the diastolic pressure which should be your worry.

      If when it happens again and you can take your BP and pulse-rate and can send them to me, I could tell you more, but please accept that you appear to be at some risk, if it happens again. The difficulty is this:- getting your blood pressures down won’t help you when it happens, because they aren’t the problem. They’re the brain’s way of reacting to the problem… it’s no use whatever attacking the symptom and leaving the cause, is it? Try to get the doctors to grasp that.

      Of course, it may (happily) be a transient condition, and you’re growing out of it. I hope so.
      I wish you well.

      Oh, P.S., – There is a way to test out what I’ve written above. Take your BP’s in the normal way with a monitor, a couple of times, sitting normally. Then tuck one foot under you, and try to block the flow to that leg…. you’ll see your diastolic pressure will rise a couple of points.

      Now tuck both legs under you, and try as hard as you can to stop the blood flowing through both legs and go numb (!) You’ll observe the diastolic pressure will rise perhaps another couple of mms Hg. – Then go back to sitting normally, and watch it fall to ‘normal’ again.
      It’s quite fun actually.

      EDIT: Thanks for sending the pulse rate. It is slightly low, isn’t it, – but that could be just “you”, and not significant. But it’;s a start. Now it would be most helpful both to you and me (if I’m still here !- I’m 81!) if and when you get another episode, you see what happens to your pulse.

      If it goes DOWN when your BP goes UP, then your brain is compensating for the low pulse by raising BP. So the problem lies in the mechanism controlling the pulse rate.

      But if both your pulse rate and BP rise together, then you can tell immediately it’s stress-induced, and your heart is putting out a higher output of blood, as its way of coping with the stress.
      I hope that makes sense?
      Best wishes.

  10. Gabe says:

    How can i help my dear friend who’s going down a very bad path in life that will kill her?
    I care a hell of a lot about my ex girlfriend. We broke up because we argued a lot but i still like her as much as i did. I hadnt talked to her in a few months and we recently began talking again. She is paralyzed from a severe form of lupus that has nearly killed her multiple times and so is very fragile yet she tells me she doesnt care if she lives anymroe and wishes she’d die.

    She’s picked up her ex boyfriend from the past and started smoking pot with him and abusing her pills she gets for her migraine headaches from her disease. Her boyfriends even asking her to do cocaine with him and all this crap and she told me she wants to try it, drop out of college, and just have a baby with someone.

    She’s not like that though! and it kills me knowing she is like this. i talked to her for a long time yesterday trying to reason with her about what she’s doing to herself and how dangerous it is especially with having such a severe form of lupus that can cause her death at any moment. I dont want her to die. She almost died in my arms once before and to think of that happening kills me. I want to get her help but i dont know how :(.

    • White Bird says:

      You are all ready helping her by being the who cares how her life can be With out being sad for her sickness helps her to be open with you treat her like any one else be forward on what you need to say and let her know you love her that is all you can do cause she will try things any way and you have to stand tall for her cause she has someone else pulling the strings and showing her disrespect that is all she needs now is for YOU to be the tough one!! It wont be easy for you but you say you care then you take her for how she will be and be there when she falls and that she will!! Stay in her life keep showing her you love and friend ship if you turn a blind eye to it all she will die before ger time and you have to keep letting her know you dont approve and tell her always that you love her she will get it. I had a friend who was dieing of cancer and decided to smoke crack every day, I hated the people who did those things with her, She did her thing for a while and I was there in the back ground letting her know how much I hated it and one day she finally got so sick of it all and told me she quit and wanted to life a better life before she died and it was because she saw the hurt on the faces of the people that truley love her. It is easy for us who do not have a sickness to see the bad but sickness gives that special pereon a diffrent point of view for a while any way, You can say they feel sorry for there selfs and dont want to under stand a life in pain and who are we to say we truley know how it feels each day all you can do is be there, It will take a toll on you be ready for that honey and I feel for you but PLEASE stand by her She needs you she just doesnt know it yet. Be strong and I pray for you for all the tough love you will be giving and I will Thank You for all you are about to do.Honey I just want to say this you are only human and your heart can take only so much hurt please do not forget your self!!!

  11. Nina Lee says:

    Is there a doctor in the house……?
    If a 4 y/o has a very high hemoglobin level and the test is repeated and a test for ferritin levels is added… what might the doctor be looking for?

    I read on webmd that high ferritin levels may be caused by liver disease (cirrhosis or hepatitis), Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, infection, inflammatory conditions (such as arthritis or lupus), or a diet that is too high in iron. The test is used to find the cause of anemia, especially iron deficiency anemia.

    I know he does not have a diet that is too high in iron.

    Question #2: Can you have anemia but have a high hemoglobin level?
    (I thought it was the other way around)

    The main symptoms that prompted the tests: extreme fatigue, headaches, bruising, night sweats

    Thanks in advance
    Kati…..Polycythemia vera… would a ferritin test help diagnose this? This is the one thing his doctor did mention but said it’s very, very rare in children so he didn’t think that was it. Would a ferritin test help diagnose it though??

  12. skylar says:

    Have you done your H1N1 (Swine Flu) shot research? Read this…..?
    My bf did research on a article….kinda long but important, just do a quick read and you see the important parts!!!

    Excerpts from TORONTO STAR article:
    Pregnant women will get a shot of Aussie H1N1 vaccine
    October 27, 2009

    OTTAWA–Pregnant women will be able to get an alternative version of the H1N1 vaccine by early next week.The Australian imports do not contain adjuvant – a substance added to the vaccine to stretch supply and boost immunity. (YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, WHY CAN’T ALL OF OUR VACCINES BE OF THIS KIND?)

    The adjuvant used in most of the 50.4 million doses being produced by GlaxoSmithKline Inc. at its plant in Ste. Foy, Que., is a mixture of squalene (derived from fish oil), tocopherol (containing vitamin E) and an emulsifier called polysorbate. (SO WHAT ARE THEY NOT TELLING US? WELL LETS DO OUR OWN LITTLE RESEARCH. LET’S LOOK BELOW

    Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found that on injection, an “otherwise benign molecule like squalene can stimulate a self-destructive immune response,” even though it occurs naturally in the body.

    Other research shows that squalene is the experimental anthrax vaccine ingredient that caused devastating autoimmune diseases and deaths for many Gulf War veterans from the US, UK, and Australia, yet it continues in use today and for new vaccines development in labs.

    Other autoimmune diseases are also linked to humans injected with squalene. “… squalene-based adjuvants can induce autoimmune diseases in animals…observed in mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits.
    -Micropaleontologist Dr. Viera Scheibner conducted research into the adverse effects of adjuvants in vaccines and wrote:

    Squalene “contributed to the cascade of reactions called “Gulf War syndrome. (GIs developed) arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjorgren’s syndrome, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever.”

    The Washington Post also confirmed that the H1N1 flu vaccine l contains the mercury derivative thiomersal, a toxin linked with autism and neurological disorders.

    The swine flu shot ingredients also include formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and Polysorbate 80, a preservative which causes infertility in mice.

    -polysorbate
    It is toxic and should not be eaten, drunk, put on the skin or injected.

    Polysorbate 80 is a ubiquitously used solubilizing agent that can cause severe nonimmunologic anaphylactoid reactions.”

    Put in plain English, polysorbate 80 can affect your immune system and cause severe anaphylactic shock which can kill.

    THIS IS ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF REAL PROFFESIONAL RESEARCH
    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS A LITTLE RESEARCH YOURSELF AND YOU’LL GET THE TRUTH
    so do you really want to drink the kool-aid now?

    SO my question is…how many people are planning to get this shot without knowing what is in it? What are your thoughts on the shot?

    Thanks everyone!
    Anything AFTER the LOOK BELOW is outside research not from the article, the article tells you that it is safe, yet research can show otherwise.

    • BJC says:

      You have been mislead by the anti-vaccine propoganda machine. With their half-truths and inflammatory language they have been deceiving the public for too long. I also think you need to reconsider your use of the phrase “real professional research”.

      Were you aware that vaccines that don’t contain adjuvants have to have far more toxin (antigen) in them than vaccines that have adjuvants? We use adjuvants to be able to provide a vaccine with less toxin and still get the same immune response. Why can’t all our vaccines be like that? There is the answer.

      The studies you mention are being taken completely out of context and many of them cannot be applied to the presence of these substances in vaccines. (I checked up on your sources..ps. The Karolinska Institute thesis where the info was derived from does not say what you say it does…it is being horribly misinterpreted by people without a scientific knowledge base) It’s like providing someone with the toxicity information of formaldehyde in mass quantities (it can cause this and that and do this….ooooh it’s so scary) and talk about that in relation to vaccines that MAY contain microscopic traces of formaldehyde in them, and ignoring the fact that an infant has 10x more formaldehyde coursing through his/her veins produced as a metabolic intermediary than could be found in 10 vaccines. Do you see how this information is easy to misconstrue? Formaldehyde that may be present in some vaccines cannot cause cancer. Why is there formaldehyde traces in vaccines…..they prevent bacterial and viral contamination. Before the inclusion of formaldehyde in the production process (again only trace elements of it are left, if any at all, in the final vaccine product)…..people died from bacterial contamination of vaccines. The only people at risk are those who are allergic to formaldehyde and I have not heard reference in the literature to this allergy being common.

      This is one of the main tactics behind the propganda machine. Twisting things and using studies out of context, or using studies that are not scientifically sound and have not been peer-reviewed. And, the general public is not informed enough to be able to be critical of the information and so are easily mislead by the lies and inflammatory language

      Saying that squalene was responsible, or even “contributed to the cascade” with deaths/illness in Gulf War veterans who received Anthrax vaccinations is patently untrue and completely innacurate. There have been no deaths caused by squalene in vaccinations. A micropaleontologist provided that gem of a quote, I see. Are you aware of what a micropaleontologist is? Hint hint: paleontology is the study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms. She sounds super-qualified to be doing research on vaccines!

      Saying that squalene in vaccines has induced autoimmune diseases (they are referring to arthritis which is an AI disease) happened when the mineral oil was applied generously to the exterior of these animals’ mucosal membranes in quantities so much larger than what would be contained in a vaccine…..again with the twisting…..

      Oh, and ANY foreign substance can cause severe anaphylaxis if you are allergic to it…..but in the context of what you were writing it makes it seem like it is common and very scary. Squalene has not, to my knowledge, ever been associated with allergies in large amounts of people (or even a smallish number of people)

      And PLEASE, mentioning the “link” between autism and other neurological disorders……which is again, hogwash. No link has ever been established. And how is information on this being twisted by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine?. Check out the difference between methyl mercury and ethyl mercury…one of which is a possible ingredient in some vaccines and the other (VERY DIFFERENT) chemical is what causes environmental neourological disorders when a person is exposed for a lengthy time. Often when the anti-vaccine propaganda machine uses information about mercury…they forget to tell people the information they are providing is for a completely different chemical. Ethyl mercury (thimerosal) has been shown to clear the body very quickly. Methyl mercury (not used in vaccines, but found in some industrial workplaces) is a chemical that our body’s cannot clear quickly and which result in long term exposure. We know, conclusively, that mercury causes brain damage only through long term exposure. Ethyl vs. methyl…..didn’t see you talk about that in your post. The link does not exist.

      And now to address polysorbate 80. Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier and solubilizer that is used in MANY foods (including ice cream) and is used in MANY medications that are given using an IV. Ever had IV meds before?

      In conclusion, your data is bogus and at the very least, taken completely out of context. The real professional research you have done has been to visit websites created by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine and taken the bait hook, line, and sinker.

      My problem with your posting has to do with the fact that you are passing on the lies and misinformation that will end up causing more deaths and anguish. That is dangerous, unethical, and egregious. Please stop spreading lies.

  13. Kate says:

    What could be causing pain, redness, and swelling in my joints?
    Over the past 6 months or so I have been experiencing swelling, redness, pain, and stiffness in the joints of my toes. Some of the time it is symmetrical, swelling on both sides, but not always. I got pregnant with my second child in mid-October and my husband and I also have a one year old. The first “flare-up” was in October, I had redness, swelling, and bumps on my toes. More on the right than left. The swelling in one of my toes remained for several months until December when several more of my toes on both sides began swelling and getting lumps on the joints. This swelling and stiffness gets bad enough that it is painful to walk or bend my toes. Wearing shoes (even comfortable, well fitting ones) for very long at all make the pain and swelling worse. In fact when I spend much time out of doors in shoes it seems to trigger a flair up. My obgyn tested my blood for the Rheumatoid factor in January, but the test came back negative. Right now I am having my third flare-up (I’ve been wearing shoes a lot lately) and I am cold all the time and exhausted despite getting plenty of sleep, eating well, and exercising. I am far enough along in my pregnancy to be past all the first trimester fatigue. I’m also feeling nauseous and having headaches. This flare up has not so far been as severe, mostly redness and stiffness, a tiny bit of swelling. It seems like any time my feet get a little too warm they get red and achy for at least a period of time and the more times over a short period that they get over warm the more intense the redness and swelling. Getting too warm can just mean wearing socks, shoes, taking a shower, getting a little over warm at night. I’m really hoping someone may have similar experiences and be able to share knowledge! I know it’s possible it’s something like rheumatoid or lupus, but I’m also hoping that it could just be a sensitivity to heat or something like that. So if anyone has experienced something similar, please share! Thank you!
    I just wanted to note that while the initial rheumatoid factor test came back negative I’ve read that that is not uncommon in the early stages.

    • formerly_bob says:

      There are three general types of problems than can causes these symptoms: physical injuries, autoimmune inflammation, and gout. You have ruled out autoimmune problems. Physical injury can occur from wearing improperly-fitting shoes and sometimes even from having heavy blankets pushing on your toes at night. Gout seems to fit your symptoms better than physical injury. There is a blood test for gout.

  14. oldtimekid2 says:

    The simple statement is that there are a lot of people and companies who look negatively at herbs and supplements… the article you found seems to be written by one of them.

    Regardless of that, they are basically pointing out that there are very rare allergies (as there are with all plants and anything that you can get into your body… some are rarer than others), but if you were allergic, you would know within the first couple times of taking it. If you’ve been drinking it all week and don’t feel anything negative, you’re not allergic.

    The things that you listed there are possible, but VERY rare occurrences, plus the fact that you would have already experienced some problems if you were going to have any issues like that. Most of what they list there are basically from conditions that people had beforehand and the Green Tea just aggravated it (eg. allergies, asthma, Hep C, etc). Viral infection is just silly for them to say… yeah, if someone had a virus and sneezed on the plant right before it was harvested, the plant wasn’t cleaned off (which is an FDA requirement, BTW), and the virus somehow survived the drying process (and extreme heat of boiling water that’s usually applied), then you could theoretically catch it… but the only way I can see someone catching a virus from Green Tea would be if they picked the tea leaf themselves after someone infected it and they put it right into water and drank it. As long as you buy it from a reputable company and not some guy on the street, you’ve got nothing to worry about. ;-)
    Virtually every “caution” on that list could be listed for most of what’s in your grocery store’s produce section, too.

    Don’t worry about the “attack site” as there are many more sites (with proof, tests, and citation to verify their facts) that show the minimal risk and good benefits it gives. Good luck and I hope I helped!

  15. Scotty says:

    Some foods, and drinks are harmful to some one in some way. i drink green tea multiple times a day because i love the taste and its good for me. it is healthier than most teas because of the herbs, anti-oxidents etc. in it but i wouldnt worry about it if i were you, your fine. just drink a glass of water with it because it dries out some skin, but it should be fine for you!!
    hope this helped a little!

  16. Gabby124 says:

    Always Tired And Have Headaches And Feel Sick?
    O.K So for about 4 years I have been feeling over all unwell I ahve these episodes where I get headaches everyday allday for weeks to months at a time.Also during these times I get fatigue,brain fog and feel tired and have some stomach issues and sometimes panic/anxiety attacks.I have to admit that I am a bit of a hypocondriac so I go to the Doc and ER atleast once a month when this stuff happens.I started to get sick like this after I got the Gardasil shots but no doctor wants to believe the shot ruined my life but then again they can not find a cause for me to feel like crap.I have a 6 year old daughter that needs me to be well so I can take card of her proper and I have a great relationship that I feel like im losing because of how I feel everyday I cant live like this any more and dont know what to do so before u say get tested for this and that I will tell you what I been tested for……

    Anemia
    Thyroid
    Diabetes
    Lupus
    Lyme Disease
    Complete Blood Count
    Clotting Problems
    Arthritis
    CT Of The
    CT Of The Sinuses
    Chest X-Ray
    MRI Of The Brain
    MRI Of The Entire Spine
    Ct Of The Abdomen
    EKG
    Echcardiogram
    24 Hour Halter Monitor
    Stress Test
    Ultrasound Of My Legs
    Thyroid Ultrasound

    AND THEY WERE ALL NORMAL!!!!!

    • Julia R says:

      A good percentage of people who get Lyme disease can’t recall ever seeing a tick or getting bitten. and many people with Lyme never develope the EM rash which is characteristic of Lyme. It doesn’t matter that your test was negative. I had 2 negative tests before my Lyme literate doctor sent a specimen to a lab that specializes in Lyme testing, and that one came back positive. The testing you have had tells me that you are having symptoms that indicate involvement of your brain, heart, intestinal tract and spine. All of these have the nervous system in common. Lyme loves nerve tissue. Lyme causes everything from anxiety attacks to sinus congestion. I’m only trying to impress upon you the seriousness of your situation. People and doctors place way too much faith in lab test results. Your lab test isn’t that sensitive. It fails to detect about 50% of Lyme cases. You could just flip a coin at that rate. I’m trying to give you the benefit of my experience. If you want to wait till you have one foot in a nursing home, like I did, go ahead and blow me off. Just don’t expect this to go away all by itself. Sooner or later you have the responsibility of taking action. No one will fix this for you.

  17. Gabby124 says:

    Headache,Fatigue,Brain Fog…?
    O.K So for about 4 years I have been feeling over all unwell I ahve these episodes where I get headaches everyday allday for weeks to months at a time.Also during these times I get fatigue,brain fog and feel tired and have some stomach issues and sometimes panic/anxiety attacks.I have to admit that I am a bit of a hypocondriac so I go to the Doc and ER atleast once a month when this stuff happens.I started to get sick like this after I got the Gardasil shots but no doctor wants to believe the shot ruined my life but then again they can not find a cause for me to feel like crap.I have a 6 year old daughter that needs me to be well so I can take card of her proper and I have a great relationship that I feel like im losing because of how I feel everyday I cant live like this any more and dont know what to do so before u say get tested for this and that I will tell you what I been tested for……

    Anemia
    Thyroid
    Diabetes
    Lupus
    Lyme Disease
    Complete Blood Count
    Clotting Problems
    Arthritis
    CT Of The
    CT Of The Sinuses
    Chest X-Ray
    MRI Of The Brain
    MRI Of The Entire Spine
    Ct Of The Abdomen
    EKG
    Echcardiogram
    24 Hour Halter Monitor
    Stress Test
    Ultrasound Of My Legs
    Thyroid Ultrasound

    AND THEY WERE ALL NORMAL!!!!!

  18. Gabby124 says:

    Im only 21 and I feel so unhealthy?
    O.K So for about 4 years I have been feeling over all unwell I ahve these episodes where I get headaches everyday allday for weeks to months at a time.Also during these times I get fatigue,brain fog and feel tired and have some stomach issues and sometimes panic/anxiety attacks.I have to admit that I am a bit of a hypocondriac so I go to the Doc and ER atleast once a month when this stuff happens.I started to get sick like this after I got the Gardasil shots but no doctor wants to believe the shot ruined my life but then again they can not find a cause for me to feel like crap.I have a 6 year old daughter that needs me to be well so I can take card of her proper and I have a great relationship that I feel like im losing because of how I feel everyday I cant live like this any more and dont know what to do so before u say get tested for this and that I will tell you what I been tested for……

    Anemia
    Thyroid
    Diabetes
    Lupus
    Lyme Disease
    Complete Blood Count
    Clotting Problems
    Arthritis
    CT Of The
    CT Of The Sinuses
    Chest X-Ray
    MRI Of The Brain
    MRI Of The Entire Spine
    Ct Of The Abdomen
    EKG
    Echcardiogram
    24 Hour Halter Monitor
    Stress Test
    Ultrasound Of My Legs
    Thyroid Ultrasound

    AND THEY WERE ALL NORMAL!!!!!

    • entropys_advocate says:

      Don’t know what your diet is like, but eat healthy and take your vitamins. Seen it turn many people around 180 degres. You’d think it would be common sense…

  19. The Mommy Delivered says:

    pain in brain? nose bleeds??? help?
    I believe my husband may be dying and we wont know whats wrong until the autopsy

    ——————————————————————————–

    If anyone has any ideas PLEASE help??

    basics: 45 yr old male, no health problems, heart and lungs in excellent shape…former drinker..smokes 1 pack per day….no history of drugs no current drug use. no medications…140 lbs, 5’5″.

    family medical history:
    aneurysms, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, lupus, arthritis.

    personal medical history:
    presented with headaches 5 yrs ago. when the headaches would come, the blood pressure would go up. diagnosed with migraines. had allergies or severe side effects to all migraine meds. Pain meds dont even touch the pain. 2 yrs into it, the doctor put him on blood pressure meds, which did n othing to control the blood pressure. two years after that, he was taken off of blood pressure meds.
    In the last 6 months symptoms have become worse.

    recent medical findings:
    CT scan done one month ago showed nothing abnormal. CT scan done last week showed mild generalized brain atrophy higher than expected for man his age.
    blood work showed low immunoglobulin G QN.

    Chief Complaints and symptoms at this time:

    weakness (he can not work for the past 5 weeks)
    fatigue
    constant headache (pain comes from deep in head..unlike a headache or migraine)
    a feeling that brain is smaller than head and every turn causes it to bounce against skull causing severe pain
    aversion to noise
    elevated BP with headaches
    most recent, he has developed nose bleeds
    and
    a fungal skin rash that continues to grow in spite of lotrimin cream.

    Help please…I honestly feel like something is bad wrong, but I just dont seem to be able to have any info to share with doctors that would help them to look deeper into this…

    thank you in advance

  20. The Mommy Delivered says:

    brain atrophy?????…………………………?
    I believe my husband may be dying and we wont know whats wrong until the autopsy

    ————————————–…

    If anyone has any ideas PLEASE help??

    basics: 45 yr old male, no health problems, heart and lungs in excellent shape…former drinker..smokes 1 pack per day….no history of drugs no current drug use. no medications…140 lbs, 5’5″.

    family medical history:
    aneurysms, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, lupus, arthritis.

    personal medical history:
    presented with headaches 5 yrs ago. when the headaches would come, the blood pressure would go up. diagnosed with migraines. had allergies or severe side effects to all migraine meds. Pain meds dont even touch the pain. 2 yrs into it, the doctor put him on blood pressure meds, which did n othing to control the blood pressure. two years after that, he was taken off of blood pressure meds.
    In the last 6 months symptoms have become worse.

    recent medical findings:
    CT scan done one month ago showed nothing abnormal. CT scan done last week showed mild generalized brain atrophy higher than expected for man his age.
    blood work showed low immunoglobulin G QN.

    Chief Complaints and symptoms at this time:

    weakness (he can not work for the past 5 weeks)
    fatigue
    constant headache (pain comes from deep in head..unlike a headache or migraine)
    a feeling that brain is smaller than head and every turn causes it to bounce against skull causing severe pain
    aversion to noise
    elevated BP with headaches
    most recent, he has developed nose bleeds
    and
    a fungal skin rash that continues to grow in spite of lotrimin cream.

    Help please…I honestly feel like something is bad wrong, but I just dont seem to be able to have any info to share with doctors that would help them to look deeper into this…

    thank you in advance
    ZAM: thats the problem..he quit drinking 6 yrs ago…the brain CT a MONTH ago showed normal…in ONE months time, his brain shrunk.

    • Alex says:

      Alcohol abuse and smoking seems caused most of the brain injury.
      People often underestimate the magnitude of problem and therefore surprised when damages accumulate.
      Sorry!

  21. Snooks M says:

    I think I could have lupus but I am not sure how to talk to my dcotor about it..?
    When I was younger I tested positive for Lupus but my pediatrician said because I didn’t have a butterfly rash, he didn’t think I had it. So he gave me athritis meds and said I had rheumatoid athritis and sent me on my way. Years later I still suffer from the joint pain in my hands, hips, back and legs. I am exausted all the time, I have been diagnosed with anemia. I have been having emense pain in my lower back but it doesnt feel like my spine. I can’t stretch it out, I feel as if I am being stabbed. I am also on meds to control night terrors, paranoia and hypopalmic Hallucinations. I have super bad dry skin that causes these red bumps all over my arms form the wrist up even to my back and my face feels like sand paper. I feel as if they are treating the symptoms but not the problem. They give me ambien to force me to sleep. I have sever headaches and even dizzy spells. When I talk to my doc, he never runs tests just tells me to buy lotion which I own tons and pills for motion sickne
    ss. I just want to feel well again. I am tired of being in Pain. I need referals to go somewhere and he doesnt’t even refer me to a specialsist to get answers

    • mgnysgtcappo says:

      You need to demand that you see a specialist. A doctor has an obligation to help you feel better. If he can’t then he needs to send you to someone who does.

      Here’s what you should do. Call and make and appointment with him. Prior to going to your appointment make a list of every symptom that you are having along with all the medications that you are taking. Have a family member come with you as an advocate. When the doctor comes into the room calmly and methodically go over the list of symptoms and medications that you are taking. Tell him that you don’t feel better and all of the medications aren’t helping. Tell him that you desire a second opinion and need a referral to a rheumatologist.

      He’ll either do one of two things. He’ll either refer you to a rheumatologist or he’ll tell you that you don’t need to see anyone else. If he gives you the referral then you’re good.

      If not then you let him know that you’ll be making an appointment on your own to see a rheumatologist for a second opinion. If they find something that he failed to test for then you will report him to the AMA for possible malpractice.

      Once you mention this he’ll give you the referral. No doctor wants to be wrong but no doctor wants to be reported to the AMA for failing to listen to a patients complaints only to have those complaints validated. I know it sounds harsh but you really need to get some answers. This will work 100% of the time.

      Having a family member or a friend in the room with you during this will also put more pressure on him/her as it’s not just your word against his/hers anymore you have a third party involved.

      The stabbing pain you feel in your back could be kidney issues. Have you had a urine test recently? I would make sure you follow up as soon as you can because if you do have Lupus and it has attacked your kidneys, time is of the essence.

      I wish you all the best!

  22. britlit1964 says:

    Can an ER doctor refuse to treat a patient with a particular disease?
    I have Lupus, and was having a bad episode of dizziness, chest pain, headache, weakness and shoulder pain. I recently moved to this city and don’t have a cardiologist yet so I went to the ER.

    I told the triage nurse that I have Lupus and had brought my medications. The nurse took blood, had an EKG and a chest X-ray done. A physician’s assistant came in to examine me, too, and said my left arm was very weak, which concerned him.

    Finally, the doctor came in. He looked at my chart and told me that he will not treat Lupus patients. I was shocked! He said that the disease is too serious and it’s the policy. He then told me that I will probably have a stroke because of Lupus and wind up in a nursing home! He said my bloodwork showed I have thick, sticky blood, and this is causing my problems. But he would do NOTHING, not even refer me to a cardiologist. I left, feeling just as bad as before and I’m trying to get appointments. My arm is now numb and I can’t use it.

    What to do?

    • oracle says:

      Look in the yellow pages undr Physician esp under Physician Referrals-nurses staff the phones and after you tell them your ymptons will refer you to the type of doctor you should see and that is the nearest to where you live. Also if they consider your symptons too serious to wait until you get a appt-unless very lucky on the average a nw patient may take from 2-aweek wait-will refer you to a medical emergency clinic near you-Not ER of a hospital-but clinics with a staff of doctors and x-rays and labs and so forth in the clinic. I’d also ckeck into you being refused treatment and not even given a referral for have never heard of This and I’d be outraged-if too serious to be treated in ER could have admitted you OR Referred you to a LUPUS Specialist.Note: I do not have Lupus and your thick ticky blood may be a sympton of Lupus but is is safe for anyone(except bleeder and those told by MD shouldn’t) to take a children’s ASPIRIN 83mg daily-is often recommended by doctors as a paart of regimen to keep heart/blood healthy——-but in case ofmy blood being a bit thick cannot take Vitamin/Mineral supplememt with Iron(thickens the blood and daily take the Children’s Aspirin. Since you can’t use your arm you may even go to another hospital ER or find a Lupus specialist asap. Folic Acid is also beneficial-found among Vitamins in any Drug store.

  23. Nat says:

    Fever while asleep?
    I’m currently looking into the possibility of Lupus, as a doctor has brought it to my attention, I’m looking for more information. Would lupus cause fevers? I’m trying to piece together my symptoms, as I have many odd ones that up until now I never thought could be connected.

    At times, it might be something like 5 nights in a row, or just one night then none for a month or whatever, but I wake up and I am absolutely blazing hot. I’m not sweating from just being warm.. I’ll have very little blankets on me, the room is cool as we like to keep the bedroom cooler, we sleep better.. but some nights I wake up and I am just so hot, have a huge headache, feel disoriented, sometimes nausiated, and I’m quite certain I’m feverish.. Last night again I had this. My head felt like it was going to blow.

    Anyway, like I said.. just trying to get this all together so when I see a doc I can be a bit more help to figure things out.
    Sorry about that. I’m 22.
    Other symptoms include, migraines/headaches, rashes/hives at random times (no explanation from docs, not even allergy..), alot of infections (bladder/kidney/throat etc..), often difficulty breathing lasting for months at a time, reynauld’s syndrom, extreme pain in joints, extreme pain in jaw (tmj), random mouth sores on the inside, have had episodes of depression. My biggest struggle right now is the pain I have and the itching/red/blotchy rashes. I had a bad flare up of hives a few years back where my whole body was covered But again, had no reason as to why other then “give it time”, took over a month to clear on its own. I’ve got a problem with fainting, just before my heart pounds real hard, I fall, don’t lose conciousness, but can’t move/see/talk, can hear/feel everything. I have very decreased energy.. by 12 I’m ready to nap at work, I get home and can’t do anything. Focus is out the door too. I don’t stress easy so I don’t think that’s to blame.
    Night fevers have been off/on for years, same as other symptoms. Feels like a full blown fever. Once I’m awake, after abit my body cools off on its own but during the night it keeps going up and I think that’s why I wake up, body just gets too hot. Only when I’m asleep I’m hot. I’m a very cold person normally, which worsens my pain. Every night I’m very hot regardless of how little or how many blankets I have on. It doesn’t matter what I do, I heat right up all night long until morning, some nights though I can bare it. My fiance won’t sleep under the same blankets as me as he says I’m like a furnace and I make him sweat. He often thinks I’m sick in the middle of the night because of how hot I am.

    • Megan says:

      Some people with lupus can have continual low grade fevers so it’s possible that your symptoms may be indicative of the disease. Go see your doctor and try and get some blood tests done (ANA, sed rate, rheumatoid factor, etc). Hopefully they will give you some more definitive answers. If some are positive, you should definitely go and see a rheumatologist. Good luck and I hope you feel better. :)

  24. desper says:

    Do you think is just side effect of medication or something is really wrong with me?
    I have history of backaches, also cause by injury since my mid twenties, and i always have mild or heavy flu on monthly basis, and it is completely gone now! I am 36 this year
    2 year ago I begins having chronic headache and neck ache 24/7 and been on anti-depressant to help me to sleep (MRI shows nothing)
    So after six month of taking the pills, pills ran out, I stop too, within 1 week my headache is back and worst than before. So I got back on the pills.
    And last December, my hand & leg joint pains and starts swelling, morning stiffness, numbness, tingling, Rheumatoid Test turns out to be Negative (I suspecting its the side effect of anti depressant)
    And the pain persist with a new symptoms, irregular heartbeat, palpitations and trembling – Thyroid Test – Negative
    My next visit to a doctor he ask about all my medical history from the beginning to now and ordered a X-ray to my neck turns out to be to my cervical spine curve is too straightening, which might turn out to be normal for me since birth or might be some nerves problem.
    So I waited two month to almost see my Ortho specialist another 10 days to go, also rheumatoid specialist to rules out Lupus.
    My heart symptoms (Arrhythmia) ECG was done and I was referred to heart specialist which is schedule to wait another two month but I can also go directly to A&E if there necessary!

    • bugsmom419 says:

      I would research the side affects of the drugs and taking to your pharm. and doctor. If you are taking multiple drugs or even a vitamin it may cause the side effects of the drug to change. Ask your doctor to switch the type of anti-depressant that you are on. There are some many types out there, you are never limited to just one option.

  25. Lover says:

    What kind of specialist should I see for the following symptoms:?
    I’ve had the following symptoms for a while now. My general practitioner isn’t cutting it, and I’ve been negative so far for thyroid (hyper and hypo) problems, lupus, fatty liver disease, and diabetes. I’m at the end of my rope. If there is ANYONE out there who has similar symptoms and got help, can you please point me in the right direction?

    Severe Eczema (Since Birth, better with age, worse in winter)
    Severe allergies (Since Birth) (to food like fruits, veggies, and seafood. Meds like penicillin and sulfa, lots of different trees and plants, latex, and pet dander)
    Stunted height (grew very slowly, only 5’2″)
    Rapid weight gain, inability to lose weight with proper diet and exercise (since my teens)
    Depression, and generalized anxiety disorder (Since my teens, worsens as I age. GAD was misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder for a long time)
    Migraines (intermittent, started in my teens)
    Fatigue (10+ hours of sleep per night)
    Gastrointestinal (I’ve always had constant gas. I get diarrhea very easily. Stomach aches give me severe headaches and will make me vomit)
    Insulin resistance (recently diagnosed)

    For a while, my thinking was that the depression and anxiety was causing an inability to deal with stress, which in turn caused the weight gain, and fatigue, and made my allergies/eczema worse. Then I couldn’t lose weight for the life of me, and since my family has a history of autoimmune disorders, that led to the thyroid testing. Now I’m getting this insulin problem, and my doctor is telling me that I need to lose weight or risk becoming diabetic. But I still can’t lose weight. See the conundrum? The most recent suggestion is that I might have celiac disease, but I looked it up and it seems to mainly have gastrointestinal symptoms, which I have very little of (just the persistent gas, really)

    Anyone have a suggestion? Anyone?

    I’ve had my thyroid checked. Also seen a rheumatologist (had joint pain for a while, but it was chalked up to the rapid weight gain). I also see my allergist and dermatologist regularly, they’ve been the same doctors since birth.

    I thought the allergies and eczema were just hereditary conditions unrelated to anything else until it was recently suggested that I include them in my list of symptoms to see if it narrows down my search, because apparently allergies and eczema can often indicate other disorders.

    • MishMash says:

      An Immunologist would test you to find out exactly what foods and other factors you are allergic to and therefore do not eat or avoid.

      An Endocrinologist would check your thyroid out really well and also advise you about the insulin problem.

      A specialist in Bariatric Medicine is the type of doctor who treats obesity. They use dietary/lifestyle changes and exercises and sometimes medicine in their treatment options.

      However before you contact any of them why don’t you read this book extract in Google Books :

      ” The Inflammation Cure”, by William Joel Meggs, an Immunologist in America. Chapter 9 is the chapter that deals with dietary factors.

      Dr Meggs recommendations are :

      *to NOT eat wheat (found in breads, packet cereals, prepared sauces etc, cakes and biscuits). Doing this alone will stop the wind problem and start you losing weight. Alternatives to wheat are rye crackers, rye bread, spelt bread etc; oats for breakfast cereal.

      * DO NOT have dairy products except maybe pot set natural yoghurt which has beneficial bacteria for easy digestion. Alternatives to cows milk – goat milk, water or soy milk.

      * Lean red meat – beef as it is the best source of protein and iron. Once a week.

      *Oily fish for protein and Omega 3 Oils

      * Approved fruits and vegetables that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant too.

      *Nuts and seeds that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant to.

      *No junk food, no bought preprocessed foods.

      Good luck

  26. Yvonne says:

    What can cause kidney damage or failure in a 22 year old?
    After seeing a regular doctor and kidney specialist we have found that my kidneys are not functioning properly. There is protein and blood in urine and a low creatinine clearance level in urine. I don’t know the results of the blood yet. Symptoms are mainly frequent urination, frequent hunger and thirst, headaches, weight loss, fatigue and slight to moderate kidney / lower back pain. We have already ruled out diabetes.

    I am an otherwise healthy 22 year old woman with two children. Never had any major abnormal test results in my life. The major diseases that pop up (besides diabetes) are polycystic kidney disease and lupus.

    The kidney specialist is ordering an ultrasound and biopsy of my kidneys within the next 2 months. I had a CT scan done but she kind of avoided my question when I asked if she found anything. All she said was there were no stones found. I go back and see her next week.

    What the heck can possibly be wrong?
    I am very petite but have never had any eating disorders. I take Tylenol once a month, if that. I am not an alcoholic lol.

  27. toshia_3 says:

    Can a virus cause throbbing chest pain?
    I have been in bed since Tuesday. It started with a headache and then a soar throat, although my throat isn’t really soar it actually hurts and then chest pain, with achy joints like arthritis. My mom passed of Lupus and every time I get sick, I automatically assume that that is what is wrong. So yesterday I went to the doctor and at first he thought I had pneumonia, but then he checked my lungs and said they were clear and he told me that it was just a virus. At first it was just a lot of pressure but then my chest recently started throbbing (on my left side) as of yesterday and I’m a little scared because I have never felt like this. Im not coughing, or sneezing, but I did have a low grade fever. I check it every now and then and it ranges between 98.6 – 99.6. I was wondering if anyone may know more about this and if they have experienced chest pain with a virus. Thank you for your comments.

    • CoolDaddies says:

      Chest pain with a viral infection is very common. The issue is where are you having the pain and what brings it on (i.e. twisting, turning, pressing on the area, moving your arms, taking a breath or none of the above). Because of the nature of viral infections, and all of the inflammatory reactions your body is going through, the most common symptom will likely be musculoskeletal pain, which can be significant. This is usually helped quite nicely with fluids and ibuprofen (motrin = advil) as long as you have no issues with it and applying a warm compress to the area four times per day. If you were checked out and everything was clear, give the basic regimen a try for a bit but you should begin to improve pretty soon, otherwise another visit with your doc will be in order. Sooner if you have other symptoms like being dizzy or feeling asthough you are not getting enough air.

  28. LeeLee86 says:

    always exhausted and sick?
    Im always exhausted. I can sleep for 15 hrs and wake up feeling like i slept 2. I have headaches all the time. I occasionally get vertigo for 2 days straight. what could be wrong with me??

    I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lupus,pericarditis, ovarian cysts, medullary sponge kidney, bilateral kidney stones, asthma, and reynaud’s phenomenon but my doctors have ruled out all my problems as being the cause of these symptoms. any ideas??

    • dani says:

      im guessing your on a lot of medications like prednisolone (steroids) or immunosuppressive medication for your lupus and JRA and they have many side effects and exhaustion and fatigue are common while you are taking these medications. Also, you may have sleep apnea which usually affects over weight ppl but sometimes regular size ppl…what happens is a person would have multiple episodes of no breathing which lasts for for 15 or 20 seconds and this way a persons sleep is disturbed and they actually are wake and then fall asleep so quickly that they dont realize it. And when they wake up for real they calculate when they actually fell asleep and are surprised why they still feel tierd after sleeping that long. To check for that problem you can go to a “sleep lab” where they hook you up with monitors while you sleep the night there and monitor your breathing brain waves.

      good luck

  29. Crackle says:

    Aspartame Side Effects?
    Can aspartame really cause side effects such as:
    Eye blindness in one or both eyes
    decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
    pain in one or both eyes
    decreased tears
    trouble with contact lenses
    bulging eyes

    Ear
    tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
    severe intolerance of noise
    marked hearing impairment

    Neurologic
    epileptic seizures
    headaches, migraines and (some severe)
    dizziness, unsteadiness, both
    confusion, memory loss, both
    severe drowsiness and sleepiness
    paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
    severe slurring of speech
    severe hyperactivity and restless legs
    atypical facial pain
    severe tremors

    Psychological/Psychiatric
    severe depression
    irritability
    aggression
    anxiety
    personality changes
    insomnia
    phobias

    Chest
    palpitations, tachycardia
    shortness of breath
    recent high blood pressure

    Gastrointestinal
    nausea
    diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
    abdominal pain
    pain when swallowing

    Skin and Allergies
    itching without a rash
    lip and mouth reactions
    hives
    aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

    Endocrine and Metabolic
    loss of control of diabetes
    menstrual changes
    marked thinning or loss of hair
    marked weight loss
    gradual weight gain
    aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    severe PMS

    Other
    frequency of voiding and burning during urination
    excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
    increased susceptibility to infection

    Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
    death
    irreversible brain damage
    birth defects, including mental retardation
    peptic ulcers
    aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
    hyperactivity in children
    severe depression
    aggressive behavior
    suicidal tendencies

    Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Epstein-Barr
    Post-Polio Syndrome
    Lyme Disease
    Grave’s Disease
    Meniere’s Disease
    Alzheimer’s Disease
    ALS
    Epilepsy
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    EMS
    Hypothyroidism
    Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
    Fibromyalgia
    Lupus
    non-Hodgkins
    Lymphoma
    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  30. bmhubs says:

    I have these mysterious symptoms, do these ring a bell with anyone??? can really use some advice…?
    Does anyone know what might cause these symptoms?
    So in september of last year I became ill, I was tired all the time, i couldn’t sleep at night at all, in the morning after maybe 3 hours of sleep I would wake up and my body felt stiff. This was a common occurrence since august and then at the end of september I had what we are calling episodes where I took a nap and when I woke up I was dizzy (felt like the room was spinning), I couldn’t stand up without losing balance and I couldn’t speak. I knew what I wanted to say but I couldn’t get the words to come out and when I did I would stutter, also my legs and wrist and hands would go numb and tingle and sometimes just throb in pain. After going to neurology and being admitted to the hospital to have several test done the doctors came up with nothing.
    Recently I have been having new symptoms, my hair is falling out, and I have been having short headaches where I get sharp pains in my head for a few minutes, and I get these painful sensations in the back of neck right at my hair line that feels like pressure… I would really like to know other peoples thoughts on this because the doctors have no clue. They were thinking MS, or Lupus but the lupus test came back negative and the only effective test for MS is a spinal tap and they won’t do it. I have a doctors appointment Jan 9th and I would like some ideas to throw out to the doctors.

  31. [Enter Name Here] says:

    Should I fill this prescription?
    So I went to the gp for an issue and while I was there I mentioned my acne. He prescribed Minocin taken orally daily. I looked up the side effects and it says may cause

    “upset stomach, diarrhea, dizziness, unsteadiness, drowsiness, headache and vomiting. Minocycline increases sensitivity to sunlight. It has also been linked to cases of lupus. Minocycline can reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.[7] Prolonged use of Minocycline over an extended period of time can lead to blue-gray skin or teeth discoloration. Rare but serious side effects include fever, yellowing of the eyes or skin, stomach pain, sore throat, vision changes, and mental changes, including depersonalization.”

    It says the drug has been linked to lupus, and my dad has lupus. So, would it be a bad idea to take it? Could it trigger lupus since it could be a hereditary link?

    • Mathieu says:

      Yes you should fill the Minocin (minocycline) Rx. All drugs list vast numbers of side effects, when they do clinical trials if three people have a problem (even if it is unreleased to the drug) it will likely become part of the official side effects. So the rare side effects are typically extremely rare. Most of the the side effects you mention like teeth discoloration is extremely rare and many of the other side effects are all related to jaundice (a symptom of liver failure) where yellowing of skin and eyes. It is a serious and rare side effect but of everything you listed many are not separate things- so the number of terrible side effects is not as high as it sounds.

      When doctors use oral antibiotics to treat acne (normally with one or more topical medications) typically doctors pick a tetracycline class drug- Tetracycline, Doxycycline, and Minocycline. These drugs tend to work the best have they have the least resistance. Some times erythromycin or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole are used but not as often. There is a lot of resistance to erythromycin and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole is highly effective but it is normally reserved for use if other drugs fail. And despite all the reports in the news about doctors doing something wrong, most doctors are good and they know what they are doing. And let the doctor play doctor- it is fine to look into what you get prescribed but your doctor is much better than google.

      And if you are really concirned call your doctor.

  32. toshia_3 says:

    Can a virus cause throbbing chest pain?
    I have been in bed since Tuesday. It started with a headache and then a soar throat, although my throat isn’t really soar it actually hurts and then chest pain, with achy joints like arthritis. My mom passed of Lupus and every time I get sick, I automatically assume that that is what is wrong. So yesterday I went to the doctor and at first he thought I had pneumonia, but then he checked my lungs and said they were clear and he told me that it was just a virus. At first it was just a lot of pressure but then my chest recently started throbbing (on my left side) as of yesterday and I’m a little scared because I have never felt like this. Im not coughing, or sneezing, but I did have a low grade fever. I check it every now and then and it ranges between 98.6 – 99.6. I was wondering if anyone may know more about this and if they have experienced chest pain with a virus. Thank you for your comments.

    • sokokl says:

      I have never experienced chest pain with a virus. I would recommend getting another opinion, preferably from someone that does not share the same office of the doctor that you currently go to for care, to see what they think could be going on.

  33. toshia_3 says:

    Can a virus cause throbbing chest pain?
    I have been in bed since Tuesday. It started with a headache and then a soar throat, although my throat isn’t really soar it actually hurts and then chest pain, with achy joints like arthritis. My mom passed of Lupus and every time I get sick, I automatically assume that that is what is wrong. So yesterday I went to the doctor and at first he thought I had pneumonia, but then he checked my lungs and said they were clear and he told me that it was just a virus. At first it was just a lot of pressure but then my chest recently started throbbing (on my left side) as of yesterday and I’m a little scared because I have never felt like this. Im not coughing, or sneezing, but I did have a low grade fever. I check it every now and then and it ranges between 98.6 – 99.6. I was wondering if anyone may know more about this and if they have experienced chest pain with a virus. Thank you for your comments.

  34. toshia_3 says:

    Can a virus cause throbbing chest pain?
    I have been in bed since Tuesday. It started with a headache and then a soar throat, although my throat isn’t really soar it actually hurts and then chest pain, with achy joints like arthritis. My mom passed of Lupus and every time I get sick, I automatically assume that that is what is wrong. So yesterday I went to the doctor and at first he thought I had pneumonia, but then he checked my lungs and said they were clear and he told me that it was just a virus. At first it was just a lot of pressure but then my chest recently started throbbing (on my left side) as of yesterday and I’m a little scared because I have never felt like this. Im not coughing, or sneezing, but I did have a low grade fever. I check it every now and then and it ranges between 98.6 – 99.6. I was wondering if anyone may know more about this and if they have experienced chest pain with a virus. Thank you for your comments.

    • , says:

      Does the pain feel like its coming from the bone over the chest? This bone is called the sternum, and its that hard thing right in the middle of your chest. If so, then it could be costochondritis. Which isnt anything to worry about.

      It could just be a viral infection. But they usually don’t cause chest pain

      How old are you? If you are not a middle aged or elderly person, then don’t worry about it.

      Have you been checked for Lupus? They do a blood test and measure ANA and anti-Smith antibodies.

  35. pmlyates29 says:

    Does anyone have experience with side effects of TNF blockers?
    This may get a little lengthy and I will apologize now. I have had Crohn’s disease for over 15 years now and have been had active disease for about 5 years now. I have been on both Remicade and now Cimzia in order to try and keep the disease at bay. I switched to Cimzia early this year because my veins were trashed from the Remicade. I was doing well on it. However in the last year, I have been having a lot of issues. Thankfully not with my Crohn’s. That seems to be somewhat controlled. It started with pain in the lower lung area when I took a deep breath. We have done the testing, X-Ray, CT scan and they have seen nothing. Now it has progressed on to more things. My T7 in my spine just “broke” a couple months ago. I was not in an accident, I was not doing anything for it to break. I just started having pain and it kept getting worse and worse in the weeks leading up to the “break”. That has healed but I continue to have problems. I now am having pain in my upper chest when breathing. I have headaches every day, I could sleep 15-16 hours out of every day if I were allowed. (This might be the depression rearing it’s ugly head) I am constantly exhausted, and getting more and more depressed about the situation. My regular doctor has said “I’m sorry, but I’m not sure that there is anything more I can do for you” which makes me feel like a hypocrondriac. However, I know that I’m not imagining these things.

    Okay, I will get to my question. My concern is all the nasty diseases that the TNF blockers can cause. MS, Lupus, heart failure, lymphoma, etc, etc. Has anyone had these things come up while taking a TNF blocker? If so, what were your symptoms? I have an appointment with my GI doc on Monday and would like to be as educated as possible when I walk in there and insist that we keep trying until we find what it is. I am having a hard time day to day and can’t keep living this way. Anyones comments would be helpful. Thanks for listening and helping!!

    • Frank says:

      You “broke” your T7 and then it just healed? If you broke your T7, you should show this to your doctor.

      Many of the diseases related to Crohn’s can cause bone thinning and fatigue.

      You should see a rheumatologist. They have a lot of experience with TNF inhibitors and Crohn’s. GI docs can have varying experience with TNF inhibitors.

      Nothing of what you describe sounds like MS, lupus, lymphoma, or heart failure. Many of them are caused by the diseases that people take TNF inhibitors to treat, so it has been hard to get a good estimate of what the real risk is from the drug.

  36. Jayne says:

    Are these the symptoms of mild or severe Lupus?
    it doesn’t all attack me at once, but they vary from time to time. I always feel these symptoms can be attributed to something else…
    I have already been diagnosed with SLE but I havent gone to my rheumatologist for 1/2 year now. I am also not taking any meds at this time. I dont have any rashes so I was wondering if I should just rest and take it easy, after all, the doc will probably prescribe prednisone and send me home.

    memory loss —–I am just plain forgetful and always have been though
    headaches———don’t everyone get them from time to time?
    fatigue—————I am in college, so stress?
    dizziness/lightheaded————-i guess can be from stress, lack of sleep?
    vertigo (nausea)———————-happens sometimes
    eye infections—————————- (eyelids swollen, but i think it was caused by dirty fingers) happened 4 times in 5 months
    mouth sores/ulcers—————-happening just now
    hair loss—————————I have thin hair, since HS
    loss of appetite—————–on and off, could be due to relationships+ school
    memory loss—–sometimes i want something and go to another room to get it, and then come back empty handed. but it will take me a while to realize i forgot something.

    • ParzLou says:

      Hi Jayne.
      As you have already been diagnosed with SLE I am sure you know that your rheumatologist can best answer this …. however of the many issues you describe I can tell you that the hair loss and fatigue are common signs for lupus . The rest of your ailments could have any of a plethora of causes not necessarily attributed to your lupus itself but could be an underlying factor . I would schedule an appointment with your rheumatologist for a better idea of what may or may not be causing your ailments and what there relevance to your lupus could be…

      take care

  37. Ashley says:

    Undiagnosed sickness becoming ubearable?
    I have been sick since January of this year. I have not been able to lead a normal life since. It seems that things are only getting worse instead of better. To the point that I can’t go out and do anything, so I have to make exsucses to my friends because I don’t want to keep saying sorry I’m to sick.

    I constantly feel “out of it” like I am not myself. I can’t think properly its as if there is a fog in my brain.
    I have a hard time breathing, it feels when i breathe in I don’t get much relief and I know it sounds strange but its the best I know how to describe it, sometimes I find myself gasping for air.
    I get short of breathe from walking short distances, or with little exertion.
    Some days I get chest pains and they do get servere at times, my heart also races from little exertion or none.
    The one thing that really bothers me is I get pain in my head but in different places, it scares me because it is not like a regular headache its a pulsating pain, and I often can feel my heart beating in my head, or ear.
    I also experience pain that feels as if it is deep inside my left ear.
    I’m 5’5 and have gained around 20 pounds in a year and now weigh 158 (sadly enough).
    It tends to get worse at night because I am scared I might die in my sleep or won’t be able to breathe and have no one around to help me.
    I also experience strange pains in my neck that feels like a tightining or pinching, sometimes these are similar to the strange unexplained pain in my head.
    I have stopped taking any pain meds b/c when I do my heart beats strange and I get very dizzy and even weaker than normal, which I feel weak 75% of the time now.

    To give a little insight I have had about five ECG’s and all were normal, along with two echocardiograms that were also normal, and a halter monitor. They said that they seen where my heart raced but blamed it on anxiety (which i don’t believe) They said that I had an irregular heart beat and pvcs but besides that my heart was fine.
    I have had a ct scan of my head twice and both came back normal. I had an mri of my brain but am so chlostrophobic i could not finish the test and they did’nt get any good images.
    I’ve been tested for stds, hiv, lupus (my mother has lupus), lymes disease, you name it.
    I did have mononucleious for six months and finally last month it came back negative (which i still suspect could have been a false negative).
    I have a history of ovarian cysts which have now been ruled out via ultrasound. I have no female problems as far as that goes either.

    I fear blood clots, tumors, etc. The doctors keep brushing this all off as anxiety but I just cannot believe that this is all anxiety related. This is an all day long everyday sickness that does not come and go.

    One question of concern was the Gardasil shot, which I hear now has killed fifty odd some girls and caused around 700,000 heatlh problems for girls who had recieved the shots. I recieved all three of my shots over a year ago. I was fine up until six months ago though so that makes me wonder if that is even a reasonable concern.

    If anyone else has any insight as to what could be going on PLEASE I am begging you to share your oppinion with me as this is becoming unbearable.

    FYI I am no longer insured either :/

    • Katharine says:

      Your symptoms are too complicated for a lay person to address competently on YA. And I think a doctor would not want to answer without seeing you.

      That said, here are my suggestions. I hope they help.

      CONFUSION
      Are you taking any medications? They can make you feel confused.

      DIFFICULTY BREATHING
      This sure sounds like asthma. The “good” thing about asthma is that it’s caused by allergies, so there are over-the-counter products that can help you. I would first try an antihistamine like Sudafed. If the breathing difficulty suddenly gets worse, you can buy over-the-counter bronchial dilators (they open up your airways). One example is Primatene Mist. It’s better to have a medicine prescribed by your doctor, but this is a second choice.

      PULSATING HEADACHE
      This sure sounds like my migraines, for which I take prescription medication (Tylenol III or Imitrex). If I’m not near my medicine chest when the migraine comes on, I take Advil Migraine.

      For both of these symptoms, try discussing them with your pharmacist (it’s free). And even when I didn’t have health insurance I made sure to visit my doctor for an annual checkup. It cost about $90 and I could call the doctor any time in the next year when I had small problems.

      If you do go for a checkup, mention your dyspnea and possible migraines. Ask for prescriptions. With a doctor’s prescription, generic theophylline inhalers and acetaminophen with codeine (like Tylenol III) are each less than $12. In the case of the possible asthma, it may help if you try the Sudafed and Primatene products before seeing the doctor, so you can discuss them.

      I hope this helps and you’re feeling better soon.

  38. Amanda Dobie says:

    Rheumatoid Arthiritis, + lupus antibodies?
    I was diagnosed with RA a year and a half ago (I was 20, I am now almost 22) At first my family doc did not know what was causing my pain, so I was sent for multiple tests, RA came back positive, and so did a lupus test, I was then sent to see a rheumy, She had told me about the +lupus antibodies but how only the single test came back positive and I was just to be on the look out for it. Well now my rheumy has moved and I am waiting for my referral to a knew one to go through. However, my flairs are 10x as worse as they were before my rheumy moved and I am always sick (small fever, headache, stuffy nose, queezy, dizzy, and even more fatigue than normal). I am worried that these are signs of the Lupus developing more and I have no one to look! I will be asking my family doc to put a rush on the referral, but how can I try to feel some what better while I wait. Im having numb feet and hands every morning and some mornings I can not even open my hands or get out of my bed, I am a single mother of a 3 year old, I need to be able to get up if needed! Any suggestions on what to do in the meantime!!

    • Linda R says:

      1. Take a hot bath or shower in the morning to help relieve stiffness.
      2. Take NSAID’s like ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Alleve) to relieve inflammation and pain. If you have had an ulcer, then you might want to be cautious with these.
      3. Take frequent breaks. Sit down or put your feet up. If you push, you will make everything worse.
      4. Take a good multi-vitamin.
      5. Take 1,000 mg fish oil a day. It helps reduce inflammation.
      6. Avoid processed food when possible.
      7. Even though you feel tired, take a least one short walk every day. You will find that moderate exercise reduces fatigue, pain and inflammation.
      8. Feel free to take a hot bath or shower more than once a day. If it makes you feel better, do it.
      9. Re-evaluate your priorities.
      10. Say no to all unnecessary requests. Love your neighbor as yourself implies that you love yourself that much FIRST!

  39. Lenchik says:

    May this be a Vascular disease?
    Blood vessels…what type of illness cause them.. or What can be wrong with vessels that can lead to an illness. I am confused and don’t know where to even start my search. I have undiagnosed headaches for 3 months. I feel dizzy and weak. Grew so sick and tired of it, I can’t work since I am constantly lightheaded. I can best describe them as vascular headaches, since I feel regional pain (which travels from front to back of my brain always in same areas, like it is following the same thin veins, vessels inside my head. It spreads down to neck, shoulders, upper spine). Sometimes my upper back is so sore, so that rib cage hurts. I had brain CT – its normal. Blood pressure is “normal” but I think it’s low and my pulse is weak, I am ALWAYS cold (my entire life, but all Dr always told me that 100/70 is a good BP). I am 41, was very active, healthy weight, my blood tests did NOT show infections, diabetes, kidney, liver. I have poor appetite now, but take a vitamin, to avoid vit. deficiency. I am thinking Fibromyalgia? Lupus? Please help. I want to figure out WHY is my head and upper back hurting??? Does anyone know of any form of vessel disease that can cause these symptoms??

  40. Gabby124 says:

    How Can I get My Life Back From Having All These Symptoms?
    For the past few months I been really tired all day everyday no matter if I sleep 8 hrs.or 12 hrs.Throughout the day I get brain fog and find it hard to focus and feel kinda woozy especially when in a store with alot of people and bright lights.I also get out of breath and my heart beats really fast just from everyday stuff like getting up from the couch or walking up the stairs.Also when I check my bp at the store its always really high like 140/100 and my pulse is always 80-100 bpm.but as I sit there for a few minutes everything goes down to normal or sightly above.I am taking a beta blocker and it is not helping at all!!! I been to the ER and they dig a EKG,urine test,blood work and a chest x-ray which didnt show anything at all!! I went to my doctor and he just gave me a anxiety med which makes me more miserable and tired.I also got tested for everything under the sun like lupus,thyroid,diabetes,vitamin deficency ect. I also got a stress test and echocardiogram and halter monitor but that was over 2 years ago.I am only 22 Dont drink and Dont smoke!! I have high cholesterol and high triglycerides but the doctors just told me to take fish oil which has improved my number and I had Vit.D deficency but I took a supplement for 8 weeks and my numbers are normal.I am not depressed but not being able to live a normal life is making my feel down and is stressing me out and causing a bit of anxiety/panic.I also worry too mucha nd I am a bit of a hypocondriac from it all.I also get tons of pressure/tension headaches.I been to a few different doctors and a few different hospitals and I cant seem to get a answers……………PLEASE DONT SAY GO TO THE DOCTOR BECAUSE I BEEN THERE DONE THAT I AM JUST TRYING TO SEE IF ANYONE HAS ANYTHING SIMILAR???

  41. cortlin.harrison says:

    is this a good research project please be honest?
    Cortlin Harrison Science 10-12
    Mrs. Cooney/ Mrs. Barends ELA 21-23
    May 19, 2009
    Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    Antiphospholipid Syndrome is a disorder in which the body recognizes certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and produces antibodies against them. This disorder is non-infectious which means that this disorder can’t be passed from person to person by contact. Pregnant women are more prone to get this disorder than anyone else, and African Americans, and Hispanics but like other disorders anyone can get Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    The symptoms and characteristics of this disorder are not hard to spot. Some symptoms of the disorder are veins or arteries of the arms or legs may cause pain, numbness, tingling in the feet. Arteries of the heart may cause chest pain or heart attack, the individual with this disorder may have heart murmur. In pregnant women with Antiphospholipid Syndrome, miscarriage can occur prior to 20 week of gestation, while pre-eclampsia is reported to occur after that time. Blood vessels of the skin – may cause painful bruises (purpura) or a condition called livedo reticularis. Blood vessels of the brain – if a clot cuts off blood supply to a part of the brain, this causes a stroke. An individual with APS may also experience migraine headaches or seizures.

    There is no cure and there is no way to avoid getting this disorder. There are many treatments for this disorder. But the most successful treatment is anticoagulant therapy. This is usually successful in preventing further blood clots. This disorder can severely damage the body in many different ways because good cells attack other good cells and that causes chaos through the body. And when a weak or strong pathogen enters the body it can be deadly.

    Some other information about Antiphospholipid Syndrome is, 1-5% of the world population is known to have this disorder, and 40-50% of patients with lupus also have APS. One third of strokes occurring in younger people (under the age of 50) are due to Antiphospholipid Syndrome. One third of patients with Antiphospholipid Syndrome are said to have lupus, and or Raynaud disease. APS is more common in young to middle-aged adults; however, it also manifests in children and elderly people. Disease onset has been reported in children as young as 8 months.

    This disorder is very rare and not very deadly but this disorder can still affect your way of life, the way you think, and can make you dizzy and other things. My mom has this disorder and sometimes it’s hard to get around and such, but you can still fight back by eating a healthy diet and seeing a special doctor called a Rheumatologist, this doctor specializes in these types of rare disorders.

  42. Wolf Femme says:

    I have a strong connection with people I care about..?
    To the point where I feel what they feel.
    I had all of the symptoms of pregnancy a while ago. There was no way I was pregnant, though.
    I got my sister-in-law a box of pregnancy tests; negative.
    The next day, my cousin called to inform us that she was pregnant.
    Two weeks later I felt like shite, she called within the week to tell us she had a miscarriage.

    My father cut his finger to the bone many years back at work.
    Half an hour before my mum called to tell my brother and I to get around; my entire hand [and especially my ring finger] hurt like a b*tch.

    etc.

    Now; I have what I’d consider — strong feelings for this boy. We talk and hang out during the school day quite a lot.
    For the past month or two [which is when we've been getting closer], I’ve been getting headaches off and on. My eyesight seems to have blurred when I try to focus on things far away from me. I get dizzy and have problems walking at intervals during the day.
    My doctor has no idea what is causing the headaches, but he feels that my motor and visionary problems may be a result of the headache.
    I am otherwise in perfect health.

    Today I found out that the boy has been diagnosed with Lupus.
    I had no idea what that was until I came home and searched online.

    Not only do I feel completely crestfallen, and just want to take him into my arms and squeeze him; but I also feel the need to dull my own symptoms from the connections I get.
    I won’t sever my connections to my family and friends; but I don’t want to be going through the same exact thing that they’re going through.
    I’d much rather be able to access those problems to help them through; but always be able to hold their hands and wipe their eyes when needed; instead of needing it done for myself.

    Question:
    How can I keep the connections, but dull the symptom-connections?

    Also:
    If anyone has anything similar to these connections; it would really help me to hear your story or something.
    Thank you.

    • Saved from TN says:

      Sorry, I can’t say I’ve ever experienced anything like you.
      The best I can tell you is to talk to someone or some sort of specialist.

      Sounds like a job for Gregory House. haha

  43. Christina says:

    Pain relievers (NSAIDS) not working for headaches/migraines?
    I frequently get headaches & migraines (since 8 years old). I have brain scans continuously, no causes have been found. I was on amitrpytoline but it didn’t work so I was taken off. I occassionally used to take Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Tylenol, etc. except now, when I take them (I try not to as much as I can) for the past year or two they haven’t worked. They provide no relief at all! I was prescribed Tylenol with Codeine for my headahces but they also don’t work.

    I am not exaggerating, I wouldn’t be asking why they don’t work.

    They provide absolutely no relief. I would appreciate so much if someone could explain to me why ?!

    Also, I am a 15 year old female. I have been sick for about 2 years with an undiagnosed illness. Rheum &symptoms/tests show Lupus, but I am not getting into that! I just want to know why pain relievers aren’t working with head, bone, inflamation. Also, I take 15 g Meloxicam for 1 month now; still not working, is there a relationship too?
    Also, for the past year since I have been sick, I do not take any NSAIDS except the Meloxicam (which doesn’t work! why?) because I know they will not work, and I do not want to further deteroirate my health. I just want to know why NSAIDS do not work for me because Meloxicam is a NSAID and so are the other medicine pain relievers I have used that do not work, so there might be a relationship, but why?

    • christibro40 says:

      Hi sweetie, Im sorry you suffer so much from migranes. I do too. I have Lupus. and The autoimmune/Lupus Migranes and Headaches are very common to get, but very hard to treat.

      What works for one does not work for another.

      I take several medications for them, and do a couple things at home. At home, I know allergins can cause them, as can sun and heat.. to boot I live in Sothern CA, so that is a double wammy. I do use a Nasal Cleansing Pot (as seen on Oprah, yea lol) to rid any morning, afternoon, pollutents that may contributing to my migranes. Ill leave a link below so you can see what it is about. The more I use it, the better the migranes. But not total relief.

      also an Nsaid is for inflamattion, which ina way a migrane is, but nasiads are for joints and minor headaches. in a migrane it is the blood vessels, and anothe infalmmatory process all rtogether, so it would not work over the long run.

      I have tried Imitrex, and several other things to no avail. Right now I take 400 mg of Topomax a day, which is high, but I am looking up other meds. Imitrex is targeted for certain types of migranes. Im working up a list of other migrane meds to talk to your dr about. Riboflavin (Vitamin BtitleRiboflavin (basically vit B-2), Migranal, Dihydroergotamine mesylate, side effects, drug interactions, overdose, dosage
      (a nasal spray, dr script needed), Frova, Frovatriptan succinate, side effects, drug interactions, overdose, dosage, Zomig relieves migraine headaches, Axert is a migraine treatment. , Relpax is used to treat migraine headaches with or without the presence of auras (visual disturbances that precede an attack, such as halos or flickering lights)., Magnesium TRADE NAMES Magnacaps (The Key Company), M2 Magnesium (Miller Pharmacal), Magimin-Forte (Non perscription), Depakote, in both delayed-release tablet and capsule form, is used to treat certain types of seizures and convulsions.
      … to prevent, and other. Like the topomax. I will send you the link. There are many, many requiering a perscripton, but may be helpful, depending on the cause they can be helpful. this is a partial list.

      I own a autoimmune support group, you would be young, but we have many files, including those on migranes, you can join to either post or to read the files on various autoimmunes, and migranes or ask question, we have parents of autoimmune paitents, and people like me, who got autoimmune in our teens, your welcome to check it out if you like. But I understand the pain. I live with migranes and other headaches daily. I hope the info helps you.

      Good luck sweetie. hope this info helps and you find a solution
      Chris

  44. Ern says:

    Can lupus appear after childbirth?
    I am 21 and had my third child 4 months ago. About a week and a half after she was born i began developing what i though were allergies- stucfy/runny nose all day and night and headaches. About a week after that I began getting these bumps on my eye lash lines. I thoufht they were styles- they would last a week causing watery eyes, red eyes, itching, pain and slme times inability to epen eyes because the light hurt too bad. This remained along with the “allergies”. When one stye left another one came… though the severity of began to decrease. This was immediately followed by bad knee joint pain and hair loss.. i cant wear my hair down anymore because hair ends up in food, all over my clothes, all over my things ect… and to top it all off ive been getting headaches daily. Not severe but constant and i never got head aches before. I am also getting bruises up and down my legs and arms- either from slight toughing or i dont know the origin. Could thos be lupus? I dont have insurance right now nor a lot of money tp go see a specialist with. How is lupus diagnosed?

    • Martin says:

      You need to go to the doctor! You have symptoms that could be dozens of things, many of them easily treated. Don’t wait and let things get so bad you can’t be helped. BTW, after childbirth your body goes into a hormone craze and loss of hair is not unusual.

  45. Gabby124 says:

    Why Do I feel Like This?
    O.K So for about 4 years I have been feeling over all unwell I ahve these episodes where I get headaches everyday allday for weeks to months at a time.Also during these times I get fatigue,brain fog and feel tired and have some stomach issues and sometimes panic/anxiety attacks.I have to admit that I am a bit of a hypocondriac so I go to the Doc and ER atleast once a month when this stuff happens.I started to get sick like this after I got the Gardasil shots but no doctor wants to believe the shot ruined my life but then again they can not find a cause for me to feel like crap.I have a 6 year old daughter that needs me to be well so I can take card of her proper and I have a great relationship that I feel like im losing because of how I feel everyday I cant live like this any more and dont know what to do so before u say get tested for this and that I will tell you what I been tested for……

    Anemia
    Thyroid
    Diabetes
    Lupus
    Lyme Disease
    Complete Blood Count
    Clotting Problems
    Arthritis
    CT Of The
    CT Of The Sinuses
    Chest X-Ray
    MRI Of The Brain
    MRI Of The Entire Spine
    Ct Of The Abdomen
    EKG
    Echcardiogram
    24 Hour Halter Monitor
    Stress Test
    Ultrasound Of My Legs
    Thyroid Ultrasound

    AND THEY WERE ALL NORMAL!!!!!

  46. Gabby124 says:

    Can It Be Lyme Disease?
    O.K So for about 4 years I have been feeling over all unwell I ahve these episodes where I get headaches everyday allday for weeks to months at a time.Also during these times I get fatigue,brain fog and feel tired and have some stomach issues and sometimes panic/anxiety attacks.I have to admit that I am a bit of a hypocondriac so I go to the Doc and ER atleast once a month when this stuff happens.I started to get sick like this after I got the Gardasil shots but no doctor wants to believe the shot ruined my life but then again they can not find a cause for me to feel like crap.I have a 6 year old daughter that needs me to be well so I can take card of her proper and I have a great relationship that I feel like im losing because of how I feel everyday I cant live like this any more and dont know what to do so before u say get tested for this and that I will tell you what I been tested for……

    Anemia
    Thyroid
    Diabetes
    Lupus
    Lyme Disease
    Complete Blood Count
    Clotting Problems
    Arthritis
    CT Of The
    CT Of The Sinuses
    Chest X-Ray
    MRI Of The Brain
    MRI Of The Entire Spine
    Ct Of The Abdomen
    EKG
    Echcardiogram
    24 Hour Halter Monitor
    Stress Test
    Ultrasound Of My Legs
    Thyroid Ultrasound

    AND THEY WERE ALL NORMAL!!!!!
    Accept on the lymes test my 23 igg came back reative and all the other ones are negative and on the paper it says I have to have 2 come back positive for me to have the disease?

    • Linda R says:

      You are not going to get a diagnosis in Yahoo Answers. You are not going to increase your chances of getting a diagnosis here by continuing to repost the same question.

  47. Ern says:

    Ive had lupus symptoms for 4 months..?
    Im 21 and had my third child 4 months ago. About a week and a half after she was born i began developing what i though were allergies-stucfy/runny nose all day and night and headaches. About a week after that I began getting these bumps on my eye lash lines. I thoufht they were styles-they would last a week causing watery eyes, red eyes, itching, pain and slme times inability to epen eyes because the light hurt too bad. This remained along with the “allergies”. When one stye left another one came… though the severity of began to decrease. Teh the extreme fatigue began to set.in.. I can sleep 10 hours a night and still fall asleep just sitting at the table writing and i nap twice a day (very understanding husband just watches the kids and helps with housework). This was immediately followed by bad knee joint pain and hair loss.. i cant wear my hair down anymore because hair ends up in food, all over my clothes, all over my things ect… and to top it all off ive been getting headaches daily. Not severe but constant and i never got head aches before. I am also getting bruises up and down my legs and arms-either from slight toughing or i dont know the origin. Could thos be lupus? I dont have insurance right now nor a lot of money tp go see a specialist with. How is lupus diagnosed?

  48. c'est_moi says:

    What could this be?
    I have had joint pain almost everywhere for the past few days, I have felt like I had the flu, and I have had a low-grade fever. I also, for the past couple months, have had inflammation in my bladder, inflammation in urethra, TMJD, and possible pericarditis. When this joint pain and low-grade fever began, I also have had this awful headache, and I NEVER get headaches. What could be causing all of this?

    It can’t be a bladder infection at all, my urologist is treating me for urethritis, but the antibiotics I have been on for three weeks have made no difference, he didn’t even know what caused this inflammation in my bladder and urethra, but he figured to try antibiotics before referring me to a rheumatologist. An STD is out of the question as I am not sexually active. Is lupus a possiblity?

    Also, I am seeing my doctor Wed., but I just really want some thoughts on this. Thanks. :)
    I am almost 20 years old.
    And I just want some ideas that I can present to my doctor wed. Thank you! :)

    • peterbilt197 says:

      Lupus and Fibromyalgia could be a possibility. Or you could just be run down with a virus. Either way, I’d still see the rheumatologist. Good luck

  49. Frodo Baggins says:

    Rubella or mononucleosis? How do I tell?
    Posted earlier abut whether I might have mono, but in addition to chills, low-grade fever, swollen glands, aching and exhaustion, episodic nausea, etc., I’ve come down with headache plus a small rash on the back of my neck, as well as itching there and on my face and upper back, though we can’t see a rash there so far.

    I know mono, rubella, and generic viral exanthems can cause rash. I was immunized via MMR with booster but took tough immunosuppresion hits since 1988. . .Hodgkin’s, chemo/rads, SLE (systemic lupus), etc. What might I have? (Yes, I’ve a dr appt slated for Mon.)

    • Maria says:

      Mono can present with a rash. It usually comes on early in the course of the disease and is maculopapular, faint and usually fades quickly (much faster than the other symptoms) I would wonder where you contracted mono. If you have been on immunosuppresents I’m certain that you are careful about who you are in contact with and wouldn’t be around someone who is showing symptoms of mono. The odds of catching mono from someone that you haven’t had close contact with are low, even with the therapies that you are on. I would suggest that your best bet is the doctor as there are so many different things that fit what you are describing here. Just wait until Monday or if it becomes to much to deal with visit the ER. Good luck and I hope you get to the bottom of it soon.

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