Lupus disease is an autoimmune disorder that can affect any part of the body, but more commonly affects the skin. It can occur at any age (though it is more common in 15 to 45 year olds), in both men and women (but more common in women), and there is know known cure. As for the rest: it’s a mystery!

Lupus treatment(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Lupus.html) is therefore very difficult. Mostly, lupus treatment is restricted to relieving symptoms rather than tackling the root of the problem. Although no cure exists, the symptoms of lupus can be relieved, and the red rashes common to lupus can be prevented from flaring up. Keeping control of lupus is the best treatment, as it has been found that the disease can disappear naturally with time.

One natural treatment for lupus often touted is DHEA, a steroid hormone that is produced naturally by the body. Predictably, there is some worry over taking hormone supplements, so what is DHEA, and how is it used in the treatment of lupus?

DHEA Supplements for Lupus Treatment(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Lupus.html)

Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA for short, is a steroid hormone naturally produced by the adrenal glands and testis in men, and by the ovaries in women. DHEA is not something found in the diet, so it’s impossible to get the hormone from eating the right foods, or not enough from eating the wrong foods. However, deficiencies in the body may exist that can be corrected by supplementing with DHEA supplements. In addition, extra levels of DHEA may help in the treatment of a number of diseases – including depression, Crohn’s disease, and erectile dysfunction (ED).The exact effect of DHEA as a lupus treatment is not known but studies have indicated that DHEA can treat lupus effectively.

If DHEA cannot be found in the diet, how are “natural” DHEA supplements made?

How to make a DHEA supplement

DHEA supplements are prepared by plant extracts of barbasco root, or from wild Mexican yam. The hormones in plants do nothing in the human body, but can be altered chemically in the lab so that they may be taken as an effective lupus treatment. Taking chemically-altered plant hormones may sound sci-fi, but it is certainly better than taking some other guy’s hormones that they made in their testes.

DHEA supplements can be taken to reduce the severity of the disease in extreme conditions and to effectively treat mild-to-moderate lupus. It helps in easing the symptoms of lupus such as skin inflammation and joint pains.

Despite some warnings of taking steroid hormones, studies show that DHEA is effective in the treatment of lupus. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted on 120 women suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) showed that 200 mg of DHEA daily can significantly decrease the symptoms of lupus.

How?

DHEA Properties in Lupus Treatment(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Lupus.html)

So what are the properties of DHEA that may make it an effective lupus treatment?

DHEA’s Effect on the Immune System: DHEA improves the testosterone and estrogen levels in body, which plays an important role in strengthening immune system. As lupus disorders are autoimmune diseases, DHEA is thought to be helpful in the treatment of lupus by providing immune support. It has also been observed that estrogen and testosterone levels are often unbalanced in women suffering from lupus disease. DHEA supplements can therefore redress this balance and contribute towards lupus treatment.

Reduce Inflammatory cytokines: DHEA can also be used to treat the symptoms of lupus disease, providing instant relief while the disease itself subsides. DHEA reduces the production of inflammatory cytokines such as cytokine IL-4, 5, and 6 that can cause the most common lupus symptoms. It also plays an important role in enhancing the production of cytokine IL-2, an anti-inflammatory that can reduce lupus symptoms.

There is always controversy where hormones are concerned, especially steroid hormones. It is certainly true that DHEA supplementation should not be taken without consulting a doctor as unsupervised use of any steroid hormones is something to be done with caution. That is why DHEA should not be considered as a “wonder-treatment”; that can cure lupus by itself. Thinking like this will always encourage some to take a “little booster” so that their lupus can be cleared up earlier. However, DHEA can be effective, and using it as part of an all-in-one natural supplement to support the treatment of lupus can help reduce symptoms safely.


57 thoughts on “Cutting Through The Controversy Dhea & Lupus Treatment

  1. cortlin.harrison

    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.

  2. Tori's Mama

    How can you possible feel good being on 7 different medications?
    I recently had some complications with Lupus. It attacked my kidneys causing some kidney damage. I was put on Steriods, Cellcept, Lisinopril, Plaquenil, Serquel (to stablize my mood while taking steriods.) and I was already taking Synthoid and Insulin. I have had type 1 diabetes for 13 years and had Lupus for 15 years. I recently was put on all these medications for Lupus because before I never had any problems or symptoms from Lupus. I am a wreak on these medications emotionally and
    physically. I do not know what to do. I am crying right now because I’m so lost on what to do. I feel horrible all the time. My energy is very low and I often feel dizzy. My kidney drs are saying I have to be on these medications for several months until they start working. I was told that it would be dangerous for me and baby if I were to get pregnant while having this kidney problem and being on these medication. So they highly recommend I start a birth control medication. I do not want to add any more medications. So my husband and I kindof stopped having sex. Well I dont think thats going to last very long but we havent in like 3 weeks. I feel like this will def. hurt our relationship and I also feel horrible that I cant get pregnant for a while if ever. We already have a beautiful daughter but I just less of a woman because I cant have a son for him. I have never felt this low in my life. I am so depressed and I honestly feel like dying some times. I think the steriods make me feel really depressed when I get down. Im looking for any type of advice or comfort. Thanks in advance!

    1. dremadagwa

      sorry for hearing that and sorry for your pains and hope you will be fine but you have to know that body react tremendously to your mind status and you must have peace of mind and this is can be done practically by 2 things the first one is faith read your holy book from your heart and try yoga it help to decrease tension 2nd thing is to be involved in any work allover the time charity work home work where people can speak and help you and know always that god is so merciful and he is only one can help nad what will happen will happen and what willnot happen,willnot so be sure of that and what you suffer is a gift from god and many people suffer more than you and about sex why you stop that just follow another way other than contraceptive pills there is many ways for prevention and any way hope you will be fine

  3. heather

    Help! has anyone ever heard of hives with lupus?
    I am a 23 year old woman. I was diagnosed with lupus when i was 14 because of multiple other symptoms and never had any symptoms of hives until about two years ago. but now the hives get very severe like i have a severe allergic reaction. My rheumatologist has told me that he doesnt think it is an allergy, but just a result of my lupus. I am not convinced. It is very stressful to be itching allll the time and he will give me a steroid shot sometimes to calm it down for a bit, but it comes back with a vengeance. none of the over the counter stuff works either.

    I guess i am just asking to see if anyone else with lupus has ever had this problem, and what i should do. please help

  4. jessibee2

    I need information about pregnancy help and what is called so I can do more research on it.?
    I been having miscarraiges problem 7 times but I only got one lucky survivor permature baby. I believe that it my immune system cause rebel the embyro when I conceive because all test came out normal. My body won’t accept holding the baby in full term and I get miscarrage before 3 months. I am RH negative and my immune system is very senstive. I tried test for Lupus but it came out negative because my body have silmiar symptom of lupus. My husband’s sperm is good and it shouldn’t cause problem. So I want to know where can i get information from online about getting my egg and my husband’s sperm to put in another woman body to carry baby for us full term. I heard about that but Im interest in research about that because we might want to do that way because I want to protect my health and Im on medication recently for nerve and body pain. I really apprecaite if I get helpful information. I want to get information first before I go talk doctor about that. We both are deaf

    1. captain9901

      There are many infertility clinics that offer the service you are talking about. I am having a hard time conceiving and have seen different options on websites. If you put in Infertility into your search engine, the internet will pull up many clinics for you. Also, it will help you find one in your area. Most insurance plans do not cover infertility, just to warn you. The cost can be pretty extreme. I would also fight to get some answers from your dr about why you are miscarrying so much. Have they tried putting you on progesterone? That might help.

  5. Mandy Cakes

    This is a lot to ask, I know. But if someone could review my APA paper I would GREATLY appreciate it. ?
    I think my greatest problem is with grammer errors and my in-text citations. Also, all of those citations that repeat themselves look funny to me. They can’t be right? Can they? I’m also confused with secondary citations. I think they’re a no no but I can’t get a clear answer on what they are. Here’s the paper. Please kindly review if you’d like. I’d love yah for it.

    Kisses
    Mandi

    (Title page not included)

    Introduction
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that permits the affected body to build antibodies to attack its own cells as if they were foreign. There are three main types of lupus. They are discoid, drug induced, and Systemic lupus erythematosus (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Doctors must be careful in diagnosing lupus since it can easily be confused with other diseases (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Lupus is capable of attacking any part of the body but for the most part it mainly affects the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The cause of Lupus is currently unknown. Lupus truly is a sickness of mystery since the cause and cure have currently been unidentified. However, there are known genetic (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) and environmental (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008) aspects that have been known to trigger this illness. On an inspiring note, there is presently a study being conducted with mice in search for the cure of lupus.

    Discussion
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is known to be a chronic (continuous or reoccurring) inflammatory illness that has the ability to attack any region of the body (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The symptoms of the disease are painful or swollen joints and muscle pain, unexplained fever, red rashes, chest pain when breathing deeply, loss of hair, pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon), sensitivity to the sun swelling in legs or around eyes, mouth ulcers, swollen glands and extreme fatigue (WebMD, 2008). Those that suffer from lupus may never have the same symptoms as another person with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). However, the most common areas of the body affected are the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).. Also in most cases in order for a doctor to diagnose lupus the patient must illustrate at least four (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) of the listed symptoms.
    The actual cause of the disease is unknown. However, there are genetic and environmental characteristics that could trigger lupus to develop. Many patients that suffer from lupus have a genetic association with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Lupus could be the result of mutated genes of interferon and the genes that play vital roles in regulating the immune response (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). If a patient has a genetic link to lupus there are also environmental aspects that could trigger lupus. They are infection, ultraviolet light, certain drugs like; procainamide, hydralazine, and quinidine (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008), and extreme stress (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Factors that potentially contribute to the progression of lupus are interleukins and interferons (immune molecules). Interleukins and interferons have been shown to control the autoantibody release in response to certain bodily stimuli (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).
    Lupus commonly affects women, African Americans, and Asians more than any other group (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Since 90% of all patients with lupus are female, women between the ages of 15-50 should be tested for lupus if they portray at least one of the symptoms (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Also, there is an increased risk of lupus in people who already have the Epstein-Barr virus. (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008)
    The healthy immune system’s mission is to protect the body from infections and foreign objects within the body. When the immune system is working properly it will recognize the foreign bacteria, virus, or objects as non-self. Upon recognition that something does not belong, it will build antibodies against the unwanted agent, attack and destroy it (Marieb, 2009, p. 408 & 410). However, the activities of the immune system are much different when the body is affected with lupus. Instead of the body producing antibodies against foreign bacterial that do not belong, the immune system will produce an autoantibody that attacks the body’s own cells and tissues. The reason for this is because they can not recognize their own cells or tissue as self. When an autoantibody attack occurs, the autoantibodies will attach themselves to various tissues and cells (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). When this happens the body’s inflammatory response occurs. The same thing happens when we have been hurt and the tissue has truly been damaged.
    There are a few different ways Lupus can affect the body, for example in nearly all individuals that suffer from lup

    1. mgunnycappo

      It’s a pretty good paper but in the beginning you made an error. There are four types of Lupus. Neo Natal (babies), Drug Induced, Discoid and Systemic. Then after that you should state that your paper is talking about Systemic Lupus because they symptoms you go on to describe are those of Systemic Lupus. Your citings follow the APA guidelines. I couldn’t see the entire paper as it got cut off. Also couldn’t see your works cited page. You don’t show any quotation marks so I’m assuming that you didn’t plagerize any of the information directly from the material.

  6. aheartforart

    Men – Would you ever date a woman with Lupus?
    One of my friends has a moderate case of Lupus and she is worried that no guys would be interested in dating someone with a chronic auto-immune disease. She doesn’t think anyone would care to be with someone that gets sick and sometimes has to be hospitalized. Here is a little more info on Lupus.

    In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system and it cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues so it creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation and pain in various parts of the body.

    * Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better). With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life.

    * Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You cannot “catch” lupus from someone or “give” lupus to someone.

    * Lupus is not like or related to HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). In HIV or AIDS the immune system is underactive; in lupus, the immune system is overactive.

  7. LupusMommy

    Recent hospitalization for chest pain but have a few remaining questions.?
    I’m a 34 year old woman that has Lupus. I’ve had what they feel is pericarditis 4 times in the past 6 months. I also have a mitral valve prolapse. I was in the hospital for 4 days last week due to chest pain, shortness of breath and other classic symptoms of pericarditis. They don’t hear the “classic rub” though. I showed low voltage on my ecg. They did a CT scan to rule out clots and did an echo and told me that it showed no fluid but that was all they told me. I was given high doses of prednisone and am still on 35 mg as that is as low as I can go without severe pain. While in the hospital they gave me heparin injections twice a day. I’ve never gotten them in the past and when I questioned them, I was told it was routine. On discharge, they told me to follow up with a cardiologist as soon as I could get in and I am going next week. They did not give me any more information regarding whether this was truly pericarditis again or if it could be something else. I guess the heparin is surprising to me along with the low voltage which I haven’t shown in the past. The tech asked if I was in for congestive heart failure but don’t think that would be the cause of all of this. Anyone have any thoughts? I’m going crazy waiting until my appointment.

    1. The Flaming Dragon

      I have few comments on your condition:
      1- In case of suspected pericarditis, Heparin is contraindicated to prevent turning it into hemorrhagic pericarditis
      2- The low voltage on ECG is expected with pericarditis
      3- Congestive heart failure is hardly a silent condition, so No, it is not congestive heart failure
      4- Your diagnosis is “dry pericarditis”

      Regards..

  8. lalalalaa

    Could I have Lupus?….?
    To start, I am fifteen and female.
    My grandma died at the age of 48 because she had Lupus.
    My mom is a carrier.
    I did a report on lupus a few years ago and read that its common in woman and is diagnosed at young ages.
    Well I read some of the symptoms and i think i may have some of them..
    I am always tired. Last night I went to bed at one and woke up at ten thirty today and by four o clock i was falling asleep at the dinner table.
    On top of that I always have head aches. I take pain killers probably once a day or every other day because sometimes i figure its just from school.
    I have constant back aches too.
    My dad says they are from my “lady problems” but I have them all the time.
    It just dawned on me today because my grandma on my dads side mentioned something to me about it.
    Could it be from not eating healthy?
    I never eat right. My mom said that thats probably why.
    My diet isnt something I pay attention to because Im always so busy.
    Im really skinny. My parents keep telling me i look skinnier all the time. My doctor asked me if I was trying to lose weight last time I was there because I apparently lost a few pounds since last year.
    I dont even fit into my eighth grade graduation dress anymore its way too big.
    Is it from not eating right? Should I ask my mom to get me screened for Lupus? I dont know… what do you suggest I do?

    1. crimsonshedemon

      I have lupus and your symptoms do not sound like lupus.
      Lupus is a chronic (long-lasting) autoimmune disease in which the immune system, for unknown reasons, becomes hyperactive and attacks normal tissue. This attack results in inflammation and brings about symptoms.
      Because many symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) mimic those of other illnesses, lupus can be a difficult disease to diagnose. The diagnosis of lupus is based off of a combination of physical symptoms and laboratory results and for most people is not a one time diagnosis. More often than not it is a diagnosis that evolves over time either towards more certainty that a person does or does not meet the criteria for a diagnosis of lupus.

      Good news: Your mom is not a carrier. Lupus is NOT a genetic disease!
      Lupus does have a genetic predisposition. This means that if you have a first degree relative in your family who has lupus, you are more likely to develop lupus than someone who does not have a family member with lupus. Even with a family member with lupus, however, your chances of developing lupus are less than 5 percent. Lupus is a multigenic disease, which means it requires a number of genetic factors for someone to develop lupus. This is in contrast to sickle cell anemia or cystic fibrosis which are one gene diseases. So, lupus is hereditary in the sense that it runs in families. The risk of developing lupus, even with a family member having the disease, is small. Routine laboratory screening of family members is not currently recommended. If, however, there are symptoms of arthritis, skin rash etc, then they should see their doctor.

      Your body is changing and with those changes can come aches and pains, weight changes, fatigue, etc. If it persists, you need to go to the doctor and have a complete checkup. If something is off, it’ll show up.

  9. Melody

    I am looking for a doctor who can figure it out and find the common “thing” between all my symptoms.?
    Hi,
    I am a 51 years old woman. Last year I was diagnosed with colon cancer stage 3B I had a surgery to remove part of my colon and I had 6 month of chemotherapy. The last chemo was taken on 1/11/2010 I got stronger and I am eating healthy I always did not the regular candidate for colon cancer. For the last few months I do not feel very well. I went to my oncologist and he said I am doing fine and my entire tests came back good. I went to my primary physician he run blood work, every thing come up good except of very low vitamin D (23) and I have a positive ANA. I was referred to rheumatologist, again blood work and Heart Echo. The blood work came good no lupus, however I have positive ANA and my echo show I have slight MVP. I am looking for a doctor who can figure it out and find the common “thing” between all my symptoms.
    My symptoms are:
    Low vitamin D
    Positive ANA
    MVP
    Fibromyalgia
    Fatigue
    Excessive urine / Leaking Urine

  10. LoveMe!

    Does this sound like Lupus?
    Im at 17 year old African American female, ive been sitting in the house and haven’t really been doing any exercises lately but my knee joint ached for 3days and went away(it wasan’t really bad pain), it never happened before, i dont have a fever, or rash, or any of those other symptoms, no one in my family has had it but I read 1 in 250 women will get it and me being a black woman im at a high risk, im a hypochondriac and im terrified! should i go 2 a doctor? what else causes knee joint aches?
    AND I DONT HAVE FATIGUE

    1. Shopgirl328

      Proably NOT lupus. You woul have joint pain somewhat all over, not in one area. This type of joint pain is very painful and would send you to a Dr, to have it checked. Make sure you didn’t hit something or twist something in your knee. If it continues to bother you, go see your doctor.

  11. chen wei neng

    Does highly elevated antinuclear antibody result to Systemic lupus erythematosus?
    I am now 50 years old woman. I had migrant since 18 years old, I‘ve been eating carfergot for 15 years. But now I am eating intera propranalol (20mg everyday) and the migrant is now well controlled.

    But recently I was detected to have elevated Antinuclear antibody, which is still positive after 1280 titre (normal range is below 80). And the pattern is speckled. With also elevated double stranded DNA antibodies (1.18 titre). My doctor said I have Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). But I don’t have any symptoms at all. Now the doctorask me to eat an antimalarial drug called “plaquenil”, 200mg a day. I also have a positive RNP. I have elevated ESR for years. Slightly lower Red cell count, slightly elevated lymphocytes. And normal complement 3 and 4.

    Do I really have SLE? I don’t feel unwell. Should I really eat plaquenil? I haerd it have side effect on eyes but it made me a little bit head ache.

    2 years ago I’ve had an MRI and showed that there was a very small lesion (white point). The comment was “Right occipital subcortical white matter subacute demyelination/ ischaemic change, which could be related to vasospam/vasculitis. Clinical correlation is essential.” I wonder doesit have to do with SLE?

    1. Michael Jacksons Glove

      those blood tests make it seem like you have SLE. elevated double stranded DNA antibodies mean you can have active lupus, which is slowly damaging your kidneys even though you don’t feel it.

      plaquenil is an anti-malaria medicine, but it also has other effects. in the case of lupus, it acts as an anti inflammatory. patients with lupus who take antimalarial pills live longer. if your doctor recommends it, you should probably take it.

      the white point that the MRI shows is a small area of brain damage–too small to have any effect on your health, apparently–and it could be due to the lupus inflaming the blood vessel in your brain. vasculitis means inflammation of a blood vessel, and it can be caused by lupus.

  12. ProactiveMom

    Is it hard to diagnose Lupus in a teen with no positive labs?
    My very active, healthy, 15 year old daughter has been sick since November 2009. She started complaining of headaches, joint pain, chest pain, painful periods,tiredness and dizziness around the beginning of that month. Her symptoms would come and go. By mid month she was coming home from school, getting a snack & doing her homework as normal, but by 5:00pm she was asleep on the couch 3 out of 5 days during the school week. She would wake up long enough to eat, get a shower, text a little and then be in bed asleep by 10:00pm. Over Thanksgiving break from school, I noticed she was sleeping most of the days. She went back to school that following Monday. She kept telling me she was fine, “just tired from sports, school, etc. The next morning, Tuesday, she was noticeably sick with a fever. She also had a swollen gland under her right arm. So I took her to the doctor. Lauren had been sick back in September 2009 with H1N1 AND Strep-throat AT THE SAME TIME and her Pediatrician new this. She seemed to think that Lauren had a viral infection and ordered blood tests for Cat Scratch fever, Epstein Barr and ran a CMP. (Also strep & Flu swabs) In the meantime she prescribed her Omnicef. Both came back negative and the CMP was normal. It was several days later that we got the test results, because of the weekend. Lauren was still sick. She was running a fever, swollen glands, achy joints, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness, extra cold hands and feet,chest pains, headaches and sleeping constantly. (Even after having an antibiotic.) Her doctor ordered a chest X-ray, EKG, urine sample, CBC. Everything was normal. By December 16, 2009 we were getting frustrated after numerous tests and no answer but still a sick kid that was too sick and hurt too much to go to school. Our Doctor decided to send us to a Pediatric Rheumatologist. Knowing this, I decided to contact Lauren’s biological father’s parents to get a family history.(Lauren was adopted by my husband after her father gave up his parental rights and we do not have any contact with his family) I found out from them that eight women on Lauren’s grandmother’s side of the family have/had (SLE) Lupus. My daughter’s grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, three great-aunts and two cousins ALL were diagnosed with Lupus. I immediately contacted her doctor. She was not going to be there the rest of the week. Knowing that Christmas was the next week and it would be a short week for everyone, I made an appointment with another doctor in the group to see if he would go ahead and order the blood work commonly used to help diagnose Lupus. His first response to me was, “But she doesn’t have the butterfly rash.” I was quick to point out that not all Lupus patients has the malar rash. He agreed and proceeded with the testing. He ordered the following: ANA level, Anti-DSdna, Sed-rate. ALL came back negative and normal. Meantime we were made an appointment with a Rheumatologist Specializing in Pediatrics. We had to wait 2 months. During that time Lauren’s symptoms were the same but she would have good days and bad days. We still saw the doctor when “odd” things would come up. Her knee would swell up for no reason, her throat would hurt but no strep, on and off gland swelling and lots of coughs and colds. She had lost 12 lbs by this point. We began a homebound school program for her after Christmas break and made sure she was still active and saw her friends. Her doctor kept saying it was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but I didn’t agree with that. Finally our day with the Rheumatologist came! We were SO ready for answers or at least a plan. We traveled 2 1/2 hours away to a very well known pediatric hospital. After asking Lauren and I about her symptoms and performing a physical exam of her joints, he said he thought he could “help” her. He told us that we could rule out Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. (I was so relieved) He prescribed her 10mg of Elavil every night before bed to “promote healthy sleep” and instructed Lauren to start walking 10 minutes a day for a week and then do a little more each week until she was back to her normal physical routine. He told me that he thought she had received “a double whammy” from having H1N1 & Strep in September of the previous year and her body had just “shut itself down” from the stress of being so active in school, sports, etc. (Lauren is a straight A student, plays soccer and really strives to be the best she can be) He called it a “short-term Fibromyalgia” and said it wold go away eventually. I was pretty satisfied with his plan and agreed that we would definitely try. At this point, after her being sick for almost 4 months, I was willing to try anything. So this past Monday she started taking the Elavil at night, before bedtime. Thursday morning she woke up with a prominent, red rash underneath her eyes that spreads from one cheek, across the bridge of her nose and over to the other cheek. I thought immediately that she was havi

  13. xxhottopicbabexx

    What is wrong with me?!?
    Here is my families health background:
    My grandfather has type 2 diabetes, and so does my aunt,my deceased grandmother and im pretty sure my birth mother did too. I dont know any history on my Dad’s side, he left when I was young. My mom, both of my aunts, my great aunt, my grandmother, and my great grandmother all have Lupus. All the women in the family (including myself) also suffer from depression.
    Here are my symptoms:
    Within the last month I have lost about 15 pounds without trying. Ive just lost my appetite. Ive been suffering from severe fatigue, rapid heart rate (at resting point my normal pulse is 130, after workout it can get well over) I get exhausted from walking up stairs, or eating, or just talking. Im suffering from shortness of breath. No chest pain. But I have noticed an odd lump on one of my lower ribs on the left side, its not so much painful as uncomfortable and kind of soar to the touch if you press hard enough. I also suffer from severe headaches, at least 1 daily, hot flashes, trembling (almost like seizures, but only in certain areas of my body), tingling sensations, soreness of muscles, aching bones, etc. etc. I could name more but thats just the main parts… any ideas on what could be wrong with me? please help!!
    could i have cancer?

  14. Unknown

    What are the signs/ symptoms that you might have lupus and how do they test you for it? My lower back?
    has not been healing up and its been 1 year I am fixing to be refereed to a specialist and I am beginning to think it may be lupus. Lupus runs in my family in the women side. I have lost 2 relatives to lupus and I have several relatives suffering from it. What are the symptoms of lupus? Can it affect the lower back? How do they test you for it? Can a MRI detect if you have lupus or not? What about a blood test can it detect it?

  15. greenteacici

    Why am I sick so much???? 12-24 times a year?
    First a few statistics:
    I am 19
    I attend college (2yrs completed) but live off campus where I rent a room with 1 middle aged woman that has 3 kids that are barely around since they are generally with their father
    I have had this problem 3 years for sure at this rate and farther back at a lower rate
    I am not a person that likes to touch my face (getting enough acne makes one quit quickly) and if I do by chance its putting a curled fist under my chin
    I am not extreme when it comes to how many times I wash my hand but when I do I do it thoroughly
    When Im sick it’s (pulling a guessing stat outta my butt but it really has got to be around there) 9 out of 10 times its the flu or flu like symptoms
    (Another ‘outta my butt’ stat) I have gotten to the point that I will randomly check my temperature, when I feel well and haven’t been sick for a few days and feel fit as a fiddle, 7 or 8 out of 10 times I still have a temperature above 100.5 F , mostly ranging 100.5F- 101.5F [After being sick I make sure my fever is away for at least 3 days w/o use of medicine]
    I am showing increasing photosensitivity, including sun induced eczema in my ears, knees, elbows-lower arms
    Increasing amounts of cold sores
    Generally no headaches, what I do get is fever, chills, aches, diarrhea
    My great grandmother had lupus and my mother has it…dunno if that may be something
    So far I’ve just done very generalized bloodwork that has been normal and am waiting for results on more extensive bloodwork
    I am not a vegentarian, I dont really like meat so I dont each much but still some everyday to try and be as well rounded on food and vitamins as possible

    So from that what are some likely things since I doubt that it’s because of not washing my hands enough or sharing things with sick people (which I absolutely dont I fear them like the plague,… or even sharing things in general, i dont do that).

    Please let me know what you think?

    *My doctor probably is not even considering Lupus since my mother and I are not ‘connected’ medical wise and Im ‘not allowed’ to mention my family history since I guess its a pain in the butt thing to be tagged as having in regards to insurance- if enough people think it is lupus I’ll probably go ahead though I am also waiting and seeing what unfolds since Lupus generally takes years to put everything together for a diagnosis

    1. Boɳɛs

      You do need to mention that you have a family history of Lupus, otherwise a general practitioner may not even think to test for it. It’s better to be safe than sorry and at least rule it out if you suspect it.

  16. Dymplez

    I’m having pain/numbness in my legs/feet, back/joint pain, and migraines…?
    For the past 3 years, I’ve been back and forth to the doctors (podiatrist, rheumtologist, primary care) due to several symptoms. The first significantly noticeable symptom was the extreme pain in my feet and legs. I went to a podiatrist who recommended orthoditics. That worked okay, but still didn’t do the trick because the pain came back. Then the pain occurred in my hips and I felt like I could barely walk so I went to a rheumtologist thinking maybe I had arthitis or something…he didn’t find anything as well. So now I’m here with the same pains coming and going. Also to add to this I’ve had 2 episodes of a migraine and I’ve been EXTREMELY tired. I feel like an old woman trapped in a 27 year old’s body. I had an MRI done recently by my new PCD and she said everything was clear on my Brain. So that was a relief, but I still am unsure as to what’s wrong. It concerns me because my aunt was diagnosed with Sjrogren’s Syndrome and Hodgkin’s Lyphoma this past November. They said she had it for years (and I’m sure she went to the doctors numerous of times) and it was obviously undetected. Do you think these are syptoms of lupus or other illness? How can my doctor find out?

  17. Sophie

    How would you diagnose this woman?
    Ruth is a 37 y/o white female who complains of feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. She speaks in a soft, halting voice, avoids eye contact and her arms and legs are noticeable shaking. She notes feeling nervous, worried and unable to handle the responsibility of caring for her two young children ages 5 and 3. She reports having little patience with them, quickly becoming irritable, tearful and needing to retreat to her bedroom while the children are left to watch TV. She is filled with shame and guilt. “I love my children but I’ve become a terrible Mother.” “Because of me they will grow up with many issues and problems.” She is hopeless that things can change for the better in the future.

    Ruth also says she has frequent backaches, lack of appetite and little energy. She typically awakens several times during the night and has a desire to sleep during the day. She claims to become tired after performing the simplest of tasks. She rec’d a battery of medical tests from her family physician due to her weight loss, muscle aches and lack of ability to concentrate. She worried that it might be lupus or leukemia. All tests were negative.

    Asked when her symptoms began, Ruth has difficulty answering. She claims to have always been tense but claims to have not been functioning well since her youngest child; a girl began walking at about 11 months of age. She worries about her daughter because she seems ‘high stung’ – like me. She sees her son, the oldest as ‘laid back’ and content, like her husband.

    Ruth is the youngest of three children, born and raised in Philadelphia. While she was always close with her brother (5 years her senior), she has had only a fair relationship with her sister, who is two years older. She always felt that her sister was more attractive, smarter and more capable than she. She describes her father as cold, critical and domineering, never giving her praise or recognition. “He never made me feel valued.” “I guess I didn’t deserve his love.” Her mother was supportive and loving but subservient to her husband. Ruth sees her Mother as a chronic worrier who felt inadequate and coped poorly. It should also be noted that her brother, a physician is being treated for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

    The client says she did well in school, receiving a degree in journalism from a small, liberal arts college. She worked for one newspaper but has not worked outside the home since having children. She admitted to feeling uncomfortable being home alone for fear that something may happen that she cannot handle. She knows that her lawn/garden needs to be landscaped but neglects to initiate the process due to her lack of confidence and fear of making mistakes.

    Until her marriage 7 years ago Ruth reports a series of unsatisfying relationships with men. She did not get her needs met, was frequently mistreated and once physically abused. Feeling worse and worse about herself, her need only increased to be in a relationship inevitably leading to regret and disappointment. She feels her husband treats her well and can’t wait for him to come home from work every day. She claims he is the best man she has had, but she is afraid she “doesn’t deserve” him and worries that she will lose him because of her problems. She emphasizes his strength and claims she “would be lost without him.”

  18. lizzye71

    I have dual shoulder joint pain at night and it’s occurring in both wrists. It’s so severe tha I wake up
    crying. It’s like my shoulders get locked and I have to have my hubby throw them over my head to break them free. Them same is starting in both wrists. I have been on anti-inflamitories and no help. In the mornings when I wake it’s like there is a numb-muscle weakness in my joints its hard to lift my coffee cup.Once I get moving and about the house the pain and weakness almost subsides. I have tested negative for MS and Lupus . The pain is so excruciating and I’m a woman and only 37 years old. What could be going on?? Anyone with similar symptoms? The doctor just tells me to take an anti-inflamatory. It seems alot worse now the weather has turned colder. I need some type of relief here.PLEASE!!

    1. dr_qutub1978

      during winter OA is at its peak better take advise about cortisones, consult and have a Q/A session with your orthopedic surgeon. OK

  19. xxhottopicbabexx

    what could be wrong with me?! Please help!?
    Here is my families health background:
    My grandfather has type 2 diabetes, and so does my aunt,my deceased grandmother and im pretty sure my birth mother did too. I dont know any history on my Dad’s side, he left when I was young. My mom, both of my aunts, my great aunt, my grandmother, and my great grandmother all have Lupus. All the women in the family (including myself) also suffer from depression.
    Here are my symptoms:
    Within the last month I have lost about 15 pounds without trying. Ive just lost my appetite. Ive been suffering from severe fatigue, rapid heart rate (at resting point my normal pulse is 130, after workout it can get well over) I get exhausted from walking up stairs, or eating, or just talking. Im suffering from shortness of breath. No chest pain. But I have noticed an odd lump on one of my lower ribs on the left side, its not so much painful as uncomfortable and kind of soar to the touch if you press hard enough. I also suffer from severe headaches, at least 1 daily, hot flashes, trembling (almost like seizures, but only in certain areas of my body), tingling sensations, soreness of muscles, aching bones, etc. etc. I could name more but thats just the main parts… any ideas on what could be wrong with me? I’m 14, female, 5 foot, 90 pounds. please help!!

    1. ummmm

      You need to contact your personal, or a personal physician. You have more than one symptom that one can lead you to think that you have an array of illnesses. In other words, I know people with HIV that i service with the same symptoms. and i know People with a common cold experiencing the same symptoms. You should see a doctor so that you do not get a mis diagnosis in this forum which would only make you worry more.

  20. Jennifer

    I have had arthritis type pain all over for 3 weeks, what could i have?
    Let me start with this, about 7 weeks ago I started having sharp pain in my upper abdomen on the right side. Went to the doctor, had blood drawn then had an ultrasound. Ultrasound showed I had 2 gallstones so 2 weeks later I had it removed laproscopicaly. Surgery went great, went home that day. 3 or 4 days after surgery I ran a mild fever for 2 days. Doctor didn’t really think it was anything bc I wasn’t in pain around my surgery area and my incisions were fine. The fever went away and I was fine. Then 9 days post op I started running a low grade fever accompanied by severe body aches/joint pain. I was pretty sure I had the flu. I was a little nauseated too. On the 4th day of the fever and aches I went to the doctor. It was dismissed as a viral flu that had to run its course. So I waited… and the fever last the rest of the week (8 days total). It finally broke and never came back..but something else lingered. The joint pain stayed and on top of it I have a cold. The joint pain is horrible in the mornings and at night. I literally feel like an 90 year old woman when I wake up. I take aleve and it helps but not completely. I went back to my doctor last Monday and they took like 7 tubes of blood. They ruled out rheumatoid arthritis and they said my liver functions were normal but white cell count is high. So now they are sending me to a hematologist!! They told me not to worry. They don’t think I have cancer. But I’m still a little spooked. Its so frustrating to think after a surgery that in a couple weeks your going to feel better only to feel worse!!! Its going on 3 weeks that I’ve been dealing with this. Anyone have any similar experiences?? I also know the symptoms of lupus. I have absolutely no family history and they don’t seem to think that’s what it is. I don’t have any rashes of any kind like most get with lupus.

    1. ★☆W.a.b.b.y✿❀

      I’m not sure how much I can help, but I just want to say, try not to worry. Your doctor’s done the right thing referring you on. The specialists are the experts, so you’ll be in the best hands. Whatever is going on worrying wont help.

      You can get Lupus without rashes, but if your doctor thought it was Lupus you would have been referred to a rheumatologist.

      Do as much research you can before your appointment and have some questions for your specialist. If you can take a friend or a family member with you, I recommend it. When you are seeing a doctor and they’re getting you news that sometimes isn’t great, it can be hard to think straight. A friend can ask the questions you want to ask.

      ….

  21. ♥ hello_kitty_xoxo ♥

    Young women with lupus pls help?
    Could this be a symptom ? I am 23 and have had 3 kids . My youngest is 9 months old. I have had nothing but problems since his birth . I keep having this overian pains and now it has gotton so severe i cannot even walk some days . I have been to the doctor and the hospital and they have done cat scans and ultra sounds blood test and more and cannot find anything and say that all my female organs are in great condition . It hurts to have intercorse on the inside and feels like somone is taking sand paper to me on the outside . What could be wrong iam so sick of getting told they cannot find anything . Please help could this be one sign of lupus ?

  22. Blondie911

    Unexplained recurrant miscarriage and undiagnosed Autoimmune/Hypothyroidism problems????!!!!!?
    I am a 22 year old with recurrant miscarriages. I am 5’5 140 lbs and exercise daily. I had my first in 2009 at 7 weeks, one at 4 weeks (blighted ovum) also in 2009, and my latest in October of 2010 at 8 weeks. The last one was diagnosed as a Partial mole. I had a d&c and hcg returned to normal within 2 weeks. I had weekly, bi weekly and finally monthly quants drawn to make sure hcg remained the same in which they did. The baby had Trisomy 7. After this, just to make sure my husband and I had the basic infertility workup done. Everything showed normal. ALong with me having a diagnostic Lap, Hysteroscopy, and HSG procedures which showed a thinner than normal left tube, a few adhesions that were removed and a cyst. Other than that everything was perfect. Autoimmune Diseases like Lupus, Celiac, and Hashimotos run in my family and my mother was diagnosed with ITP a year before I was born. Between my mother grandmother, 2 aunts, great grandmother and great aunt, there were 12 miscarriages, and 2 stillbirths. I have had widespread pain ever since I can remember. To the point where in childhood people thought I was making it up. I wake up at 6 am,get dressed, eat, drive to school, and by lunchtime when I am at clinicals, I find myself feeling as if I havent slept in days. I am always cold, and fluctuate b/w anemia and borderline anemia. I sweat more than average woman and my breasts leak on occasion with no stimulation. (prolactin was normal )My TSH levels were checked a month ago and they were normal I didnt get an actual number but just that they were normal, however my grandmothers TSH levels were “normal” while still having debilitating symptoms for 3 years before they finally diagnosed her with Hashimotos. I do not want to go through another miscarraige and am so confused as to what to do. My OBgyn is a good DR. but not so attentitive. What do I need to do and what steps should I take to get there. I am so lost in all the mounds of research I have done within the past year. Please help :l Thank you in advance!

  23. jessica?

    I went to the doctor for joint pain, and did not get a diagnosis?
    I’ve been recently suffering from major joint pain, and fatigue.
    I visited my doctor and asked if my acne medicine, bacterium ds, could of been causing the joint pain.
    she said that it would not be that, since i have been taking that medicine since october.

    Following that she she had me blood tested for
    -mono
    -junior arthritis
    -anemia

    She called my blood test came back fine. It isn’t any of those. I felt that it was stil my acne medication causing the discomfort so i stopped taking it. The first and second day after stopping the medication i felt great, but the third day i felt sore and horrible again.

    I was watching Dr Garavaglia on TV, and she had a case about a woman with lupus.

    This brought to my attention, why did my doctor now test me for lupus? I seem to fit most of the symptoms.

    any help on a diagnosis?
    I’m not jumping to conclusions, im asking a question.

    The medication im taking is for acne. Theonly complication that can occur from discontinuing it is more acne.

    I don’t eat red meats, and generally eat a ery healthy diet.

  24. Ronalafae

    these are my symptoms can you give me some advice of what i may have?
    i am a 45 year old woman. a year ago i had a physical and the doc gave me a clean bill of health other than high blood pressure and gave me a pill for that. about two months later i woke up with a heavy feeling in my armpits. it felt like i had 2 golf balls under there, one on each side. but it only lasted a few days and then went away. then about 4 months ago i woke up with the heaviness under my arms again. i do my monthly breast exams each month as well as mamo’s they all come back clean. but my grandma on my dad’s side did die from breast cancer. there are no lumps under my arms or in my breast at all. my hair is thinning and even my eyebrows are gone, but again we have genetics for female balding so my whole family looks like me. then my fingers started to hurt. like the joints had been jamed, on both sides but the left is worse than the right. i also am having some memory issues. i forget that things happen. i have to write lists or i completely forget.
    I went to the doctor last month. after looking at my labs from last year, she through out scary things like lupus and leukemia my brother had died from leukemia at age 48 five years ago. she said last year the doctor should have followed up because my white blood cell count was low and my sugar high, in the pre-diabites area, she sent me to get blood work and i did that. after 1 week i called her back because i had not heard anything. her assistant called me back and said that there was nothing to freak out about but that the doctor wants to see me. the soonest i could get an appointment is the 25th this month. i want to go with some education but i dont even know what to look into. i feel so helpless. i called the doctor and told her the soonest i could get in would be the 25th and she didnt call me back so im guessing the wait is okay. i am very over weight at 270 lbs and i joined curves and have lost 4 lbs in a week. i feel good other than the heaviness in my pits and my fingers. i am tired from time to time but not excessive. my aunt has CFS she tells me she thinks i have that. my mom thinks that i may have gotten TB from my ex husband because he had a test come back weird and had to have an x-ray to make sure he didnt have it, but my mom had it when i was a kid. i have had many TB test all come back negative, but not recently. i also took care of my aunt until she died with pulmonary fibrosis and they said they didnt think that was contagious so i wouldnt need to worry about that, but sometimes i feel like i may have heart or lung issues but it never lasts more than a moment. i did have a cardiologist look at me last year when i had the high blood pressure he said i was okay. well any help would be great. i just dont want to set here tweed-ling my thumbs if i should be doing something! thanks in advance

  25. amandarez73

    I have a couple questions….

    Is she overweight?
    Does or did she drink?
    When was her last GYN exam? She needs one and an ultrasound re: vaginal bleeding (to rule out ovarian cancer)

    Here’s the issue – a 39yo female who has had a heart attack was NOT in healthy condition to begin with (whatever her outward appearance/activity level), especially with the heavy smoking. Heart disease in women tends to be very silent and atypical (abdominal pain, sour taste have been reported in female MIs)

    The little seizures sounds like TA – basically small strokes. Significant vessel damage could cause all of the associated symptoms. What was the treatment following the heart attack? Does she have a stent, on meds, etc…?

    MS and Lupus are certainly options as is hypothyroidism (the labs for that would be T3, T4, TSH, etc – should have been one of the first run to rule out), I would also be concerned about cancer or heart disease. Heart disease would be the one thing I would want to rule out first.

    Has she had cardiac tests done? There are a variety.

    She needs a cardiologist if she doesn’t have one already. And I think she probably needs to be more specific about describing the “pain” From what you write, it doesn’t sound like generalized pain it sounds more like exertion induced pain – which tends to be heart/lung oriented.

    Good luck

    PS – I would have her stop the teas – tea is a diuretic and could cause problems if she is drinking a great deal.

  26. InCalifornia

    UNUSUAL SYMPTOMS- NO RIGHT DIAGNOSIS?
    MY DAUGHTER (24 YEARS OLD NOW) HAS BEEN SUFFERING FOR 2 YEARS WITH BACK PROBLEMS, (STARTED AS A LOW BACK PAIN) THAT EVENTUALLY AFFECTED HER KNEES, LATER ON… HER RIGHT HIP, GROIN, PELVIS, NECK AND SHOULDERS…. AND NOW BOTH ARMS AND HANDS GET TINGLING AND ALSO NUMBNESS!
    I HAVE SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN MEDICAL BILLS…. SHE RECEIVED SPINAL DECOMPRESSION (LIKE 50 TREATMENTS) FOR A MILD ANNULAR TEAR OF THE LUMBAR SPINE AT THE LEVEL OF L4 AND L5….. THE SPINAL DECOMPRESSION WAS DONE ON A MACHINE CALLED THE DRX9000…
    SHE HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED HAVING A TILTED PELVIS, HAVING A LEG LENGTH DISCREPANCY, ETC….SHE HAS BEEN GIVEN ORTHOTICS TO WEAR, AS WELL AS A HEEL LIFT…. AND ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAS HELPED HER…. I BELIEVE THE MILD ANNULAR TEAR IS ALREADY HEALED…… BUT SHE CONTINUES EXPERIENCING NUMBNESS AND TINGLING DOWN THE BACK OF HER THIGHS ….. “ESPECIALLY” EVERY TIME SHE TRIES TO SIT….
    SHE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO SIT FOR OVER A YEAR NOW….WE HAVE SEEN NEUROLOGISTS, SEVERAL CHIROPRACTORS, PHYSICAL THERAPISTS, ACUPUNCTURISTS, MASSAGE THERAPISTS, DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE, ACUPRESSURE, ETC, ETC, YOU NAME IT!!!
    SHE HAS HAD MRI’S DONE ON HER NECK, PELVIS, HIPS, AS WELL AS X-RAYS…. SHE HAS BEEN CHECKED FOR SACROILIAC JOINT DYSFUNCTION, AND NOTHING LOOKS ABNORMAL.
    UP TO THIS DATE WE DON’T KNOW WHY SHE IS HAVING ALL THOSE SYMPTOMS, AND ESPECIALLY GROIN AND HIP/PELVIS PAIN… SHE HAD BLOOD TESTS DONE FOR , JUVENILE ARTHRITIS, LUPUS, LYME DISEASE, ETC, ETC….EVERYTHING COMES BACK NEGATIVE….
    SHE HASN’T HAD AN ACCIDENT OR SPORT INJURY, SHE HASN’T FALL ON HER BACK EITHER……”THIS” ALL STARTED WITH LOWER BACK PAIN THAT PROGRESSIVELY AFFECTED OTHER PARTS OF HER BODY…. MANY DOCTORS HAVE TOLD ME THAT SHE HAS A TILTED ROTATED PELVIS…. AND A LEG LENGTH DISCREPANCY… BUT YET “NOT ONE DOCTOR” HAS BEEN ABLE TO HELP HER…SHE LIVES IN CONSTANT PAIN…AND THE RIGHT SIDE OF HER BODY SEEMS TO BE MORE AFFECTED BY THIS….BEFORE ALL OF THIS SHE WAS A HEALTHY COLLEGE STUDENT WITH NO HEALTH PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER!…HER LEG LENGTH DISCREPANCY IS ONLY 1CM… NOT THAT MUCH!
    .IT’S JUST VERY STRANGE THAT A YOUNG WOMAN WOULD GET ALL OF THIS PAIN AT ONCE…..TINGLING OF BOTH ARMS AND HANDS MIMICKING CUBITAL AND CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME….. SHE ALSO SUFFERS FROM A STIFF NECK AT TIME…I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A CHAIN REACTION FROM HER PELVIS BEING MISALIGNED AND PERHAPS THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH HER SACROILIAC JOINT THAT NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO DETECT……

    I’M IN DESPERATE NEED OF AN OPINION
    I wanted to add that she has been checked for neurological disorders and she doesn’t fit in that category, as well as Rheumatoid Arthritis… A few doctors agree that she has a rotated (anteriorly) pelvis and it could be the main reason for all of her problems, tight psoas muscles, etc…. I haven’t been able to find a doctor that truly knows how to manipulate the pelvis back into place, if that is the problem….

  27. Mandy Cakes

    This is a lot to ask, I know. But if someone could review my APA paper I would GREATLY appreciate it. ?
    I think my greatest problem is with grammer errors and my in-text citations. Also, all of those citations that repeat themselves look funny to me. They can’t be right? Can they? I’m also confused with secondary citations. I think they’re a no no but I can’t get a clear answer on what they are. Here’s the paper. Please kindly review if you’d like. I’d love yah for it.

    Kisses
    Mandi

    (Title page & reference page not included)

    Introduction
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that permits the affected body to build antibodies to attack its own cells as if they were foreign. There are three main types of lupus. They are discoid, drug induced, and Systemic lupus erythematosus (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Doctors must be careful in diagnosing lupus since it can easily be confused with other diseases (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Lupus is capable of attacking any part of the body but for the most part it mainly affects the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The cause of Lupus is currently unknown. Lupus truly is a sickness of mystery since the cause and cure have currently been unidentified. However, there are known genetic (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) and environmental (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008) aspects that have been known to trigger this illness. On an inspiring note, there is presently a study being conducted with mice in search for the cure of lupus.

    Discussion
    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is known to be a chronic (continuous or reoccurring) inflammatory illness that has the ability to attack any region of the body (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). The symptoms of the disease are painful or swollen joints and muscle pain, unexplained fever, red rashes, chest pain when breathing deeply, loss of hair, pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon), sensitivity to the sun swelling in legs or around eyes, mouth ulcers, swollen glands and extreme fatigue (WebMD, 2008). Those that suffer from lupus may never have the same symptoms as another person with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). However, the most common areas of the body affected are the skin, kidneys, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and serous membranes (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).. Also in most cases in order for a doctor to diagnose lupus the patient must illustrate at least four (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009) of the listed symptoms.
    The actual cause of the disease is unknown. However, there are genetic and environmental characteristics that could trigger lupus to develop. Many patients that suffer from lupus have a genetic association with the disease (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Lupus could be the result of mutated genes of interferon and the genes that play vital roles in regulating the immune response (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). If a patient has a genetic link to lupus there are also environmental aspects that could trigger lupus. They are infection, ultraviolet light, certain drugs like; procainamide, hydralazine, and quinidine (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008), and extreme stress (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009). Factors that potentially contribute to the progression of lupus are interleukins and interferons (immune molecules). Interleukins and interferons have been shown to control the autoantibody release in response to certain bodily stimuli (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009).
    Lupus commonly affects women, African Americans, and Asians more than any other group (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Since 90% of all patients with lupus are female, women between the ages of 15-50 should be tested for lupus if they portray at least one of the symptoms (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). Also, there is an increased risk of lupus in people who already have the Epstein-Barr virus. (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008)
    The healthy immune system’s mission is to protect the body from infections and foreign objects within the body. When the immune system is working properly it will recognize the foreign bacteria, virus, or objects as non-self. Upon recognition that something does not belong, it will build antibodies against the unwanted agent, attack and destroy it (Marieb, 2009, p. 408 & 410). However, the activities of the immune system are much different when the body is affected with lupus. Instead of the body producing antibodies against foreign bacterial that do not belong, the immune system will produce an autoantibody that attacks the body’s own cells and tissues. The reason for this is because they can not recognize their own cells or tissue as self. When an autoantibody attack occurs, the autoantibodies will attach themselves to various tissues and cells (Rahman & Isenberg, 2008). When this happens the body’s inflammatory response occurs. The same thing happens when we have been hurt and the tissue has truly been damaged.
    There are a few different ways Lupus can affect the body, for example in nearly all individuals tha

    1. slawekp2001

      Get rid of all the citations that are repeating themselves,that a big no no.Use each citation only once ok.I think alround its great and you should get a good grade.Hope it helps

  28. Blondie911

    Recurrant Miscarriage & Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism?
    I am a 22 year old with recurrant miscarriages. I am 5’5 140 lbs and exercise daily. I had my first in 2009 at 7 weeks, one at 4 weeks (blighted ovum) also in 2009, and my latest in October of 2010 at 8 weeks. The last one was diagnosed as a Partial mole. I had a d&c and hcg returned to normal within 2 weeks. I had weekly, bi weekly and finally monthly quants drawn to make sure hcg remained the same in which they did. The baby had Trisomy 7. After this, just to make sure my husband and I had the basic infertility workup done. Everything showed normal. ALong with me having a diagnostic Lap, Hysteroscopy, and HSG procedures which showed a thinner than normal left tube, a few adhesions that were removed and a cyst. Other than that everything was perfect. Autoimmune Diseases like Lupus, Celiac, and Hashimotos run in my family and my mother was diagnosed with ITP a year before I was born. Between my mother grandmother, 2 aunts, great grandmother and great aunt, there were 12 miscarriages, and 2 stillbirths. I have had widespread pain ever since I can remember. To the point where in childhood people thought I was making it up. I wake up at 6 am,get dressed, eat, drive to school, and by lunchtime when I am at clinicals, I find myself feeling as if I havent slept in days. I am always cold, and fluctuate b/w anemia and borderline anemia. I sweat more than average woman and my breasts leak on occasion with no stimulation. (prolactin was normal )My TSH levels were checked a month ago and they were normal I didnt get an actual number but just that they were normal, however my grandmothers TSH levels were “normal” while still having debilitating symptoms for 3 years before they finally diagnosed her with Hashimotos. I do not want to go through another miscarraige and am so confused as to what to do. My OBgyn is a good DR. but not so attentitive. What do I need to do and what steps should I take to get there. I am so lost in all the mounds of research I have done within the past year. Please help :l Thank you in advance!
    Thank you all.. I have not been tested for Celiac the only sound test is a biopsy of the S.I and I dont want to have a scope inless absolutely everything else is negative. The basic line of infertility tests, including some autoimmune and clotting disorders, came back fine, but I just feel like they need to run more in depth tests.Some of our patients at the hospital I work at with recurrant m/c’s have autoimmune disorders but the ones I know off hand, had other health problems as well. My obgyn is also my employer and I am starting to feel as if she doesnt want me to get pregnant because I have only been out of nursing school since december and she thinks its important to work first. But somewhere I have to draw the line b/w personal and work related :l I just know if I switch she ll have hard feelings and I work FOR her. ha. Well thanks again.

    1. ★☆W.a.b.b.y✿❀

      Have you been tested for autoimmune diseases? It sounds like you might have something going on. Have you been tested for Celiac Disease or Lupus? If your doctor is not attentive, you might like to find a new one. It’s important you have a good relationship with your doctor. Speak to your GP about your problems and they may refer you to a specialist.

      ….

  29. TrippyC

    itchy skin, bumps with a red splot around it, pollen?
    ok so like anyother day i take a shower, usually after a shower im itchy for 5 mintues. yesterday it started itching a few hours after i got out, it was itchy when i was trying to sleep. my itch is in random places on my body like my hand (one hand) upper right thigh, right cheek, back, stomach. there not big but red, after scratching i have bumps on it, feels horrible. My mom has lupus and i’m a dude (6:1 ratio women to men) and i searched online this is the only symptom of lupus i would have. my joints dont hurt or anything. another thing is that ive been fighting an allergic reaction to pollen since i was 11 (almost 13 now), first i had a runny nose, watery eyes all that junk. then i started getting itchy where i couldnt scratch which is normal, now this? please help

  30. Yvonne

    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.

  31. jessica?

    i went to the doctor for joint pain and she couldn’t diagnose me?
    I’ve been recently suffering from major joint pain, and fatigue.
    I visited my doctor and asked if my acne medicine, bacterium ds, could of been causing the joint pain.
    she said that it would not be that, since i have been taking that medicine since october.

    Following that she she had me blood tested for
    -mono
    -junior arthritis
    -anemia

    She called my blood test came back fine. It isn’t any of those. I felt that it was stil my acne medication causing the discomfort so i stopped taking it. The first and second day after stopping the medication i felt great, but the third day i felt sore and horrible again.

    I was watching Dr Garavaglia on TV, and she had a case about a woman with lupus.

    This brought to my attention, why did my doctor now test me for lupus? I seem to fit most of the symptoms.

    any help on a diagnosis?

    1. Big Blue

      Jessica – My guess why the doctor didn’t diagnose you for lupus is because there is a characteristic face rash. If you HAD that face rash the doctor would have instantly had a clue, but if you lack the rash, lupus seems like an unlikely diagnosis.

      You should ask for a vitamin D test. Get the 25(OH)D blood test, not the 1,25 (OH)2D. You want the results to be at least 50 nanograms per millileter or 125 nanomoles per liter. Any less than these values and it could be a sign that you are vulnerable to autoimmune disease.

  32. science_guy_88

    Your mom’s doctors may have already ruled this out but, has your mother been tested for autoimmune conditions. The specific condition I am thinking of is called Sjogren’s Syndrome. The reason I suspect Sjogren’s is primarily because of the salty taste in her mouth. Sjogren’s hallmark symptoms are dry mouth and dry eyes. You said that your mom drinks plenty of water, is this because she has a dry mouth? Sjogren’s would also explain the salty taste. Sjogren’s attacks the salivary glands in your mom’s mouth altering their ability to secret saliva properly. Heavly concentrated saliva tastes salty.
    Sjogren’s causes dryness of other organs specifically the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, liver, blood vessels, pancreas, and brain. Many patients experience debilitating joint pain and fatigue.
    Your mother’s hot flashes, sensitivity to heat, numbness, insomnia, “seizures” could all be explained by Sjogren’s attacking her brain.
    Your mother’s severe burning in her upper right quadrant could be vasculitis (you said her blood work showed inflammation) caused by Sjogren’s. Her heart attack and stroke could also be due to Sjogren’s attacking her blood vessels. Her periods could also be explained by the Sjogren’s attacking the pituitary gland in her brain.
    The swelling in her ankles could be due to Sjogren’s attacking her liver causing fluid to accumulate in her ankles (edema).
    What is really interesting is that 90% of Sjogren’s cases occur in women and the average age of onset is 40 years old. Sjogren’s can be very difficult to diagnose because its symptoms imitate numerous other illnesses. About 50% of the time Sjogren’s syndrome occurs alone, and 50% of the time it occurs in the presence of another connective tissue disease. The four most common diagnoses that co-exist with Sjogren’s syndrome are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus, Systemic Sclerosis (scleroderma) and Polymyositis/Dermatomyositis. I fell very confident that your mother doesn’t have lyme disease, if she did you would notice the large hallmark bulls eye shaped rash.

    I hope this has helped and that your mother feels better. Please let me know if the doctors can confirm my suspicions.

  33. Mark S

    How many other Men out there have Lupus, Those people with Lupus 9 out of ten are Women.?
    If nine out of ten people with the disease are women, Then what are the actual figures of Men who have the disease?
    Are there more Diastolic cases vs Sytemic in Men ?
    I would like to talk to some Men out there that have the disease and see what their symptoms are and what they use for treatments. and are they effective?

  34. Sherm

    I think I might have Lupus. 50 yr old women with symptoms?

    About 25 yrs old diagnosed with EBV. Now elevated thyroid peroxidase TPO, average 0 – 34 mine is 713. Abnormal swelling in right arm and hand, with joint pain, swelling in left leg, thigh to ankle, (prev. ACL replacement 9 yrs ago.) chest pain, fatigue, eyes sometime blurry, memory off. etc.

  35. Blondie911

    Unexplained recurrant miscarriages & possible autoimmune disorder?
    I am a 22 year old with recurrant miscarriages. I am 5’5 140 lbs and exercise daily. I had my first in 2009 at 7 weeks, one at 4 weeks (blighted ovum) also in 2009, and my latest in October of 2010 at 8 weeks. The last one was diagnosed as a Partial mole. I had a d&c and hcg returned to normal within 2 weeks. I had weekly, bi weekly and finally monthly quants drawn to make sure hcg remained the same in which they did. The baby had Trisomy 7. After this, just to make sure my husband and I had the basic infertility workup done. Everything showed normal. ALong with me having a diagnostic Lap, Hysteroscopy, and HSG procedures which showed a thinner than normal left tube, a few adhesions that were removed and a cyst. Other than that everything was perfect. Autoimmune Diseases like Lupus, Celiac, and Hashimotos run in my family and my mother was diagnosed with ITP a year before I was born. Between my mother grandmother, 2 aunts, great grandmother and great aunt, there were 12 miscarriages, and 2 stillbirths. I have had widespread pain ever since I can remember. To the point where in childhood people thought I was making it up. I wake up at 6 am,get dressed, eat, drive to school, and by lunchtime when I am at clinicals, I find myself feeling as if I havent slept in days. I am always cold, and fluctuate b/w anemia and borderline anemia. I sweat more than average woman and my breasts leak on occasion with no stimulation. (prolactin was normal )My TSH levels were checked a month ago and they were normal I didnt get an actual number but just that they were normal, however my grandmothers TSH levels were “normal” while still having debilitating symptoms for 3 years before they finally diagnosed her with Hashimotos. I do not want to go through another miscarraige and am so confused as to what to do. My OBgyn is a good DR. but not so attentitive. What do I need to do and what steps should I take to get there. I am so lost in all the mounds of research I have done within the past year. Please help :l Thank you in advance!

    1. Meghan

      First, I am so sorry for your losses and your condition. Second, I hope that you have insurance, you may be needing it. You need to get tested for all of the conditions that you stated above. You need to see specialists and get to the bottom of what’s going on. This way you will at least know what you are dealing with and possibly be able to get treatment for it so that your body will be healthy enough to carry a pregnancy to term. I know that once you want a baby it is all that really matters, but your personal health needs to come first so that you are ready to support another life. Also, if your OB/GYN is not being proactive and attentive, get a new one. There are plenty of good doctors, don’t feel like you are stuck with one just because that is who you went to at the beginning of things. You need a doctor that you feel is being an advocate for you. Good Luck!

  36. Toe the line

    I have 3 friends that have this disorder and never have heard or found what you write of. If it was out there – I think that I would have run over it by now….

    But on the chance that someone actually knows something about this and it really is able to be verified – I am going to star and watch your question as it does indeed have much importance to people that I care about.

    Nothing but well wishes and peace sent your way.

  37. ʜəɑƋɩəƨƨ нояƨеωомɑɴ

    Breast Enlargement Idea ~I’d like some feedback~?
    PLEASE READ, THIS IS VERY BENEFICIAL. I’ve spent hours upon hours reading different ways to increase breast size.
    The pills are worth hundreds of dollars, with only a slight chance of working, why would you do that? Also with breast enhancement pills, there are other ingredients in those pills the manufacture isn’t making completely known, only after doing research on different pills have I found out what is in them. Some have little bits of harmful ingredients while others are completely filled. Some are made all natural, but still have that little hint of danger, and still, are all expensive.
    Breast Augmentation is something completely different. Costing a range anywhere from $5000-$10,000. Going under the knife, leaves scars and sometimes unevenness. Would you really waste $8000 on lopsided breasts? Good idea for some, not so for others. Either not having the money, or the dangers involved. They do say breast augmentation has gotten safer over the years, but still, there is ALWAYS a danger with any type of surgery.
    Between the pill and the surgery, I’ve considered one, then the other, then back to one. I’m unhappy with the size of my breasts, and I always have. I can easily have the money for surgery, but don’t want the scars, I’m not wasting money on pills that can damage my health and have no affect on my bust.
    So, sitting and reading on what affects breast and their growth, I’ve read a few good things.
    -Estrogen is a hormone that comprises a group of compounds, including Astron, Estrada and Estrella. It is the main sex hormone in women and is essential to the menstrual cycle. Although estrogen exists in men as well as women, it is found in higher amounts in women, especially those capable of reproducing. Anyways, when you’re pregnant your estrogen levels rise, and well, your breast are noticeably larger. After reading and confirming, estrogen is the main hormone connected with breast growth. If you want larger breasts, here’s what you can do:
    Start eating different foods that have a higher level of estrogen. Apples, Cherries, Grapes, Tomatoes, and Pomegranates all have a good amount of estrogen. Apples especially. Alfalfa has high traces of phytoestrogens which is called dietary estrogens. Which means it acts like estrogen. Soy is also very high in estrogen, but a warning, soy extracts are BAD for you. If you are going to eat soy, cook your own soy, no soy extracts. Protein laden foods such as: fresh milk, fish, soy products, nuts and seafood, are also said to increase bust. Very last, flaxseed oil! Flaxseed oil is high in fatty acids and omega 3, 6+9. Very good to take for breast enhancement. And if in the end you don’t see you bust grow, flaxseed oil capsules also:
    Lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease and control high blood pressure, Counter inflammation associated with gout, lupus and fibrocystic breasts, Control constipation, haemorrhoids, diverticular disorders and gallstones, Treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea, Promote healthy hair and nails, Minimise nerve damage that causes numbness and tingling as well as other disorders, Reduce cancer risk and guard against the effects of ageing, Treat menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, female infertility and endometriosis, Fight prostate problems, male infertility and impotence.
    All the food I’ve listed are healthy, and are not harmful to your health. Also, if you plan to change your diet, as with any diet do not do it in an extreme way. Slowly work the different foods into your already existing diet, this is best for you and your body.

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