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23 thoughts on “Is Lupus Cancerous

  1. G

    Is a CEA level of 8.8 possibly due to solely being a smoker?
    I got tested over the past 2 years with a CEA level of around 5 and below 2 times. Now I’m tested at 8.8. Could this be due to solely smoking? Would it rise like that? Is 8.8 a low high for CEA? I do have a 6cm adnexal lesion which I am getting a fine needle aspiration for. If it were cancerous would the CA 125 come out normal? Which it did? Can lupus cause a false high one out of these 3 times tested in the past 2 years?

    1. Tin S

      cea or Carcinoembryonic antigen is a protein which is found in fetus. This protein disappear after birth. cea can be a possible sign of cancer in adults. Normal values of cea are 0-2.5 mtg/L. cea test is ordered to know the effects of treatments on tumor, staging of cancer and recurrence of cancer. Not all types of cancers cause increase in the cea levels. Some cancer like colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, Cancers of the reproductive and urinary tracts, and Thyroid cancer can cause increase in cea levels. Some other conditions like heavy smoking, liver diseases, diverticulitis, Cholecystitis, IBS,…

      Tin

  2. Flor Rosa

    Michigan Automated Prescription Program?
    I recently lost my youngest child (daughter) through suicide. She was just a beautiful, kind-heartted but depressed young lady. She not only left her family but she also left 3 young children ages 9, 10 & 11.

    Approximately 1-month ago, she received a Physician termination letter from her primary (who is a Certified Nurse Practitioner) stating that she was being released (in 30-days). It also stated that she would continue to be treated for things that were deemed only “medically necessary”. Once I received the call (from her) in Texas, I immediately came to Michigan because she was so distraught. She began thinking that she was about to be arrested and go off to prison. My husband and I just could not calm her down. At any rate, after taking the letter to several of my physician and pharmacist friends here in the Michigan area, we were told that basically she could in fact go to another doctor and still obtain her prescriptions. We were also told that this system is not a mandate and everyone doesn’t use it. They also informed us that for the physicians, pharmacists and other health professionals that use it, because of HIPPA Laws not just anyone can go in and look up a patients information.

    At any rate, my daughter had Lupus Erythematosus, Fibromyalgia and had more recently been treated for a Cancerous Tumor in her lower Intestines. She way on a myriad of medications including the narcotic Tylenol #4. Because she was so depressed, a lot of the medications she would not take because she didn’t like feeling “loopy or down”. She had a Rheumatologist and most recently had been trying out a new physician because she was going to leave the Certified Nurse Practitioner and transfer over to the new physician. Now, to sum it all up, I know that physicians have a right to dismiss patients because of whatever suspicions and/or reasons. I am just so furious because my daughter had been telling her primary that her pain was so severe and it was just not word of mouth. Her blood pressure was always high, swelling all over her body, hand and feet disfiguration, severe, severe depression and other medical symptoms. She had also been given something called Neurontin to which I am told is a muscle relaxer. I cannot tell you how many trips we have made to the Michigan area to assist my daughter in her time of need. Additionally, she was not the type of person who felt-sorry for herself. She had been working her entire life and was 6 classes from obtaining her Masters Degree. She was also raising her children on her own (widowed) and had only began not working in 2004 and thats only because she had become so ill that her dad and I encouraged her to apply for the Michigan State Disability Program.

    I know that any answers I receive will not bring my child back, but I also have a right to my opinions and one of them is that I think that this MAPS Sytem is flawed. Does the patient not have a right to explain their side of the story, whatever it is, addiction or otherwise? If there is a suspected problem what responsibility does the Health Practitioner have moral or otherwise? Do you just turn the person in to the Gestapo (not trying to offend anyone-please forgive if I did) (MAPS System)? If a patient is turned in then what, what happens after that, what is the patients rights?

    Obviously, my daughter had began obtaining too many (narcotic) prescriptions in a month and I do agree that it was too many. But, how many narcotics is one allowed in a month? In Texas, my neighbor receives 120 Vicodin from one physician and 90 Tylenol #3 from another. I realize that this is not Texas but, I am just saying. Furthermore, since all pharmacy computers are not linked and because she did received them, I am pretty sure if was very easy for her to do so if it had not been for this MAPS System. Yahoo Memebers, please note that I am not condoning the act or otherwise. I have been blessed to live my 61 years in a fairly healthy state. I have not had to walk in her shoes. One thing I do know for sure is that, she was not a drug abuser, drug addict or drug seller. And yes, maybe I am being a little defensive, but I have lost my child, FOREVER!

    The MAPS System as we were told, is only for the use of health care providers. A “patient” is not allowed to receive or request their own information from this system. I would like to know once your name comes up in this system, is the patient red or blacked-flagged of sorts? Michigan, like a lot of states has problems with drug abuse, drug addicts, dope dealers, etc. You will always have someone who abuses and finds a way around the system. In my opinion, the system is a double edged sword. Good for seeking out drug abusers and flawed because it will turn in everyone who may or may not be an abuser. The physicians are somewhat turning into police. Are their Michigan Laws against “Doctor-Shopping”?.

    I would like to thank anyone who can assist me

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    1. Jim Bob

      The doctors will do everything & anything to cover their backs.

      In MI at a medical malpractice lawsuit trial only MI doctors can testify against other MI doctors. You won’t find many, if any, MI doctors that will testify against their own kind.

  3. Matthew O

    Health concerns need your opinion please…?
    Hello, I am a 30 year old male, I have been struggling with stomach symptoms and more for a while now, when I eat I get a pain and pressure in the upper left of my stomach near the ribcage and wraps around to my back. I also get extremely fatigued and I mean extremely. Other symptoms are joint pain, diarhea and stomach seems swollen or bloated.

    I been for many tests, ultrasounds, cat scans, blood tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, my results of the ultrasound showed a contracted gallbladder, i had 2 ultra sounds and the first was fine second showed contracted gallbladder. My edonscopy was perfect. My colonoscopy showed internal hemroids, anal fissure, and nodules in my colon that were non cancerous. I also have nodules which turned out to be benign lypomas in my skin accoss my stomach and a little in my back, my dermotologist removed one and found it to be a benign lypoma. Cat scans years ago showed thickening of colon walls they said colitis at hospital but after the colonoscopy the GI specialists thinks it is not. My most recent tests were blood and ct scan with and without contrast, I have not yet recieved the results yet except to find when i called that my lipase was a little bit low and she said not too much to worry about but i was talking to the nurse.

    Any ideas or advice you could give me, or maybe some questions I could ask my GI specialist when I go in.

    also some things i wonder about are: Pancreatitis, Lupus and not really sure what it is but just looking for some advice… here thanks!

    1. Doctor J

      Hi Mathew. Have you been tested for the most common cause of symptoms like yours – Celiac Disease? Have you tried a gluten-free diet?

      Do you have other food allergies?

      Are you Lactose Intolerant?

      Also, have you been tested for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)? Does your doc even know what this is?

      Best wishes and good luck.

  4. Dr. Maggie (Psychologist)

    Will non-cancerous thyroid nodules ever dissipate on their own?
    I have nodules that have grown on a very small thyroid that has been irradicated years ago. I have been on the same thyroid dosage for over twenty-five years and then my blood levels kept showing low tsh, for no change in taking meds or health. Then the blood levels would go back to normal after awhile. Then after a few years nodules began growing on ny thyroid gland. They are not cancerous; however, what could be causing these changes to occur? What kinds of tests or ideas do you have for these changes? Could it be from a problem in another Gland, or is my immune system running amuk again. One quick note: I have a Auto-immune disorder, called Lupus. Could Lupus be causing the problems within the thyroid? Can the immune system affect endocrine system? What kinds of tests or treatments do you recommend?

    Dr. Maggie

    1. superficialblonde

      I have SLE also. I had a Pituitary tumor. Have you had your checked? A pituitary tumor can cause you thyroid to mess up. My tumor on my thyroid grew and when they did the ultrasound and biopsy, it came back questionable -if it was cancerous or not. They took mine out. I have had my brain tumor and my thyroid and thyroid tumor removed but my TSH levels are still HIGH…. I see an Endocrinologist for that and my Rhumitologist for the Lupus. If you dont have an Endocrinologist, I would go to one or have your doctor order a MRI of your brain to be sure you dont have something going on up there thats making the throid so what its doing…
      I guess you know how rotten it fells to feel bad all of the time!!! I get so tired of having something wrong with me. Along with the SLE, they said I have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. The Lupus can cause any thing that is made up of connective tissue to have problems. I keep pluerisy of the lugs and my kidneys are also full of kidney stones. And Bot is it hard to keep the weight off!!!!
      I hope my info helps you….

  5. LindaR

    What do you know about dysplasia?
    Around 1992 I had a hysterectomy due to PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) and the doc also found severe endometriosis. In 2000 I had ‘beyond’ severe dysplasia, I believe it was very early stage of cancerous. For 10 weeks I had to use Efudex 7 to treat this. This was a vaginal cream insertion on a daily basis. After a few days I noticed a discharge that was beyond anything I had ever had. I would become every morning shortly after each treatment so I called the pharmacist to inquire. I was told this was a chemo treatment. I had no idea! Anyway time moves on and I have to have paps every 3-6 months depending on what result the OBGYN-Oncologist finds. Dysplasia is always there, varying from mild to moderate. All of these problems have been going on for 18 years. This concerns me. I have a rheumatoid disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome/Lupus, which keeps my immunity down. My WBC is always low. I am 47 and factoring that in is in my mind as well. Also, a few years back my blood counts were so haywire the State got hold of them, b/c of my T-cell results the guy was insistent of gaining info on my HIV status. ???? I don’t have HIV. My information was placed with the state.

    Bottom line, how concerned should I be? I keep hearing that routine Paps aren’t as accurate as they should be. I have colposcopy’s about every other time I visit the Oncologist.

    1. xxxx

      You are throwing in a lot of extra information. Pap smears are very good. There is no sharp line between dysplasia and neoplasia which is cancer. If the dysplasia invades the basement membrane it is called cancer. If it hasn’t done that yet, it is called Carcinoma in situ. It is believed that if Ca in situ is left untreated it will progress to cancer eventually. You were treated with Efudex which is chemotherapy and burns the abnormal tissue causing a discharge of dead tissue. You also have colposcopies which means the doctor is doing his job of looking for evidence of spread of the abnormal tissue. Regular pap smears and colposcopies is the way of monitoring the dysplasia so if it is seen to invade the basement membrane you can get further treatment. To me it sounds like you are in the hands of a good OB-GYN. He is keeping a close eye on your condition. You haven’t said what the T-cell test showed beyond the fact that you are HIV negative. Your connective tissue diseases would seem to be separate and unrelated. I would say that you can rest easy knowing you are in the hands of a good MD. This is not to say that bad things cannot happen unpredictably, but that is the same boat we are all in.

  6. Nina Lee

    Possible cause of hip pain w/ normal Ex-Ray & MRI?
    I’m a 30year old healthy female. I’ve had ongoing hip pain in my left hip area for 6 months (no injury). It began shortly after a lumbar puncture (traumatic tap) so my first thought was that a nerve was hit and is causing the pain. My doctor, neurologist, and rheumatologist all say that is highly unlikely. It started very mild but has progressed over time. Some days the pain continues to be mild but other days it hurts so bad that I just want to cry. On the worst days, I limp around like I’m crippled and the limping has even caused bursitis on the outer part of my right (other) thigh. The pain is in the iliac crest area and hurts when I put my left foot down (walking), bump it against something, or roll over on it. I also “occasionally” have mild pain in my upper buttocks/ lower back. I’ve seen my doctor, a chiropractor, massage therapist, and a rheumatologist. My ex-ray was said to be normal so my rheumatologist ordered a MRI which, also, was said to be normal. He said the next step would be to see a neurologist again to see if it is some type of nerve damage. Like I said, that was my first thought, however, it doesn’t really feel like a nerve pain. I guess I don’t really know what nerve pain is supposed to feel like, the only thing I can compare that to is tooth/ nerve pain. If it doesn’t improve, I do plan on seeing a neuro after the holidays but I’m just curious to know if there is something else (other than nerve damage) that may be causing it??? Something that doesn’t show up on a blood test, ex-ray, or MRI.

    Additional Info/ question…Is there a condition that can cause optic neuritis and hip pain? I was diagnosed w/ ON in June; MS was ruled out by MRI and spinal tap. My rheumatologist ordered 30+ blood test and ruled out lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and similar conditions. The only thing that came back positive were some tests that show I’m at high risk for blood clots. I tested positive for h-pylori back in June and I don’t think the antibiotics ever got rid of that. I have had almost every blood test, the lab knows me well. None of my symptoms seem to fit together. I have lymph nodes in my neck that have been enlarged for a little over a year. I had a non-cancerous mass removed from my breast a few months ago. I’m probably leaving a lot out but that’s all I can think of right now. I’m hoping a doctor reads this who is able to advise. Thanks in advance.

    1. Debby B

      If the mri came back neg- that is should don’t be from a compressed disc- I had a epidural years ago- 1st attempt was in the wrong place and caused immediate excruciating pain- and 2nd attempt – worked fine–the only other thing I can think is nerve tests- nerve conduction- where they put the little needles in the skin- I don’t know how difficult the nerves are to visualize- but the nerve tests should pin point and know if they are conducting properly-D

  7. Lori Brooks

    Which of the immune response is always disadvantageous to a person?
    Which of the immune response is always disadvantageous to a person?
    A. cell-mediated
    B. inf;amatory
    C. Humoral-mediated
    D. auto immune
    E. all immune responses are advantageous

    Which of the following is not an example of an autoimmune disease?
    A. cancer of the bone marrow
    B. insulin-dependent diabetes
    C. rheumatoid arthritus
    D. systemic lupus erythematosus
    E. multiple sclerosis

    ______ actually kill other cells by secretinf perforin molecule
    A. Macrophanges
    B. Helper T cells
    C. Allergens
    D. B cells
    E. Cytotoxic T cells

    The secondary response in humoral immunity occurs when memory cells bind to
    A. particular hormones
    B. particular antibodies
    C. antigens
    D. Plasma cells
    D. Particular clones

    when are monoclonal antibodies are produced
    A.during clonal selection
    B. when a female is pregnant
    C. when a person is infected by a single type of pathogen
    D. by cells that are formed when a B cell is formed to a T cell
    E. by cancerous tumors

    what is the primary immune response?
    THIS IS NOT HOMEWORK ITS A STUDY GUIDE THAT I NEED TO USE TO STUDY FOR A TEST AND I ANSWERED MOST. PLEASE DO NOT BE IGNORANT IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO HELP JUST DONT REPLY, THANKS !

    1. Shyla "Visionary" Devonne

      1. D 2. A The other ones I’m not sure of, but you should probably read your book or whatever resource you have if this is for class, because someone else supplying answers wont help you pass a test or truly understand the field you’re getting into.

  8. Asia ♥

    I’ve been sick for 5 years, why havent my doctors checked for Cancer or even brought it up?
    I first got sick when I was 16 out of nowhere.
    It started off with Nausea, loss of appetite and dizziness.
    About a year and a half later the symptoms got less severe.
    Then I started having severe fatigue, shortness of breath, pain behind the eyes, wounds that dont heal well, purple toes, gas, occasional stomach pain, anxiety, and chronic runny nose.

    I’ve been to alot of doctors and they can’t seem to find anything.
    I’ve been diagnosed with IBS..which doesnt explain anything.
    They’ve tested for:
    Diabetes
    Thyroid issues
    Celiac disease
    Lupus
    Adrenal issues
    Vitamin levels
    Liver blood test (I’m not sure if that included Hepatitis.)

    I have cancer in my family and I worry sometimes that my problem could be something serious… it’s been going on long enough and no one can tell me whats wrong..

    I do have a cyst on my ovary and a polyp on my gallbladder…what makes my doctors so sure that they arent cancerous?

    I just wish I could get better

  9. Anonymous

    Could these symptoms/diagnosis be all related?
    40 year old female, smoker (shame)
    Kidney stones 2 yrs ago
    Pre-cancerous Breast Calcifications current and 1 year ago
    Raynauds Syndrome diagnosed last month (had for years though)
    Multiple Miscarriages
    Tested for Lupus last year=negative
    Sore bones, especially arms & legs.
    Currently taking Norvasc for Raynauds & Celexa for anxiety/depression. (Past 30 days)

    I will be back at the doctors in a week or so & will ask him, but I can’t help but wonder if all of these thing weren’t inter-related or if there wasn’t a common thread through all of them.

    Any ideas or experiences?

    Thank You!
    My apologies, last year, as well as about 10 years ago and twenty years ago…I was tested for thyroid disease because of another strange symptom (breast sporadically secreting clear and/or white fluid)…each test has come back normal.

  10. Anonymous

    Could all these symptoms have one root cause?
    Could these symptoms/diagnosis be all related?
    40 year old female, smoker (shame)
    Kidney stones 2 yrs ago
    Pre-cancerous Breast Calcifications current and 1 year ago
    Raynauds Syndrome diagnosed last month (had for years though)
    Multiple Miscarriages
    Tested for Lupus last year=negative
    Sore bones, especially arms & legs.
    Currently taking Norvasc for Raynauds & Celexa for anxiety/depression. (Past 30 days)

    I will be back at the doctors in a week or so & will ask him, but I can’t help but wonder if all of these thing weren’t inter-related or if there wasn’t a common thread through all of them.

    Any ideas or experiences?

    My apologies, last year, as well as about 10 years ago and twenty years ago…I was tested for thyroid disease because of another strange symptom (breast sporadically secreting clear and/or white fluid)…each test has come back normal.

  11. Asia ♥

    I’ve been sick for 5 years, why havent my doctors mentioned or checked for Cancer?
    I first got sick when I was 16 out of nowhere.
    It started off with Nausea, loss of appetite and dizziness.
    About a year and a half later the symptoms got less severe.
    Then I started having severe fatigue, shortness of breath, pain behind the eyes, wounds that dont heal well, purple toes, gas, occasional stomach pain, anxiety, and chronic runny nose.

    I’ve been to alot of doctors and they can’t seem to find anything.
    I’ve been diagnosed with IBS..which doesnt explain anything.
    They’ve tested for:
    Diabetes
    Thyroid issues
    Celiac disease
    Lupus
    Adrenal issues
    Vitamin levels
    Liver blood test (I’m not sure if that included Hepatitis.)

    I have cancer in my family and I worry sometimes that my problem could be something serious… it’s been going on long enough and no one can tell me whats wrong..

    I do have a cyst on my ovary and a polyp on my gallbladder…what makes my doctors so sure that they arent cancerous?

    I just wish I could get better

    1. M C

      Since you have a cyst on an ovary, I’d be suspicious of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). It commonly gets overlooked because the symptoms can be quite similar to diabetes, digestive disorders, autoimmune disorders, etc. The symptoms can vary greatly from person to person which makes even more difficult to diagnose. Also, PCOS can be connected to gallbladder issues which leave me to wonder if the polyp on your gallbladder is due to stones which could also cause many of your symptoms.

      Given the age of onset of your symptoms, a diagnosis would lean toward PCOS since onset is typically within a few years of starting your period.

      Good luck and take care – I hope you’re able to get a diagnosis soon so you can focus on treatment and feeling better.

  12. Richard K

    whole body burns after eating, also feel a little shaky and heartbeat increases?
    been doing this for 5 years. feeling last all day everyday. my hands and feet burn extemely bad and turn red. I’ve been tested for crohns, neuropathy, lupus, ms, stds, Lyme disease, diabetes, thyroid, had a small bowel follow through, colonoscopy, endoscopy, tested for celiac sprue, stress test, testostrone levels, allergy test. everything comes back normal except I have acid reflux, hiatel hernia (small), irritable bowel syndrome and they removed three polyps, one was pre-cancerous. please help, I’m in constant pain with no relief.

  13. panadelias

    medical mystery… can you figure it out? the doctors can’t?
    all these symtoms come and go rapidly (lasting only a couple minutes or a couple hours, but never longer than a full day)
    -double vision (never blindness or blury)
    -dull leg discomfort right and left (not cramping or restlessness feeling)
    -right and left (leg and arm) extreme shooting pain
    -itchyness all over
    -right temporal headaches
    I am a 44 year old female with no history of drug or alcohol abuse. I recently had a hysterectomy because of non cancerous tumors, which is about when all the symtoms started. I take hormones for metopause and medicine for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I have been past around from doc to doc thinking it might be lupus, fibromyalgia, neurological problem, but they cant decide!!!! has anyone seen anything similar to this? can it be fixed?

    1. Ken H

      Sounds like Diabetic Neuropathy to me. Has anyone done an A1c test for you Yet to rule out Diabetes?

      Since you are already taking Pravacol or something similar it’s a dead give-away.

      High Blood Preasure, High Cholestoral, Double Vision, the headaches, are exactly what I was experiencing including dullness, numbness, and shooting pains in arms and legs.

      They discovered my blood Glucose level was running an average 350 to 600. (Way too High)

      Check out Diabetes related sites to get informed. Here’s one and I hope this helps you as much as it did me.

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