Aldara [Generic] is beneficial for treating diverse skin conditions.  This formulation is presently the best-known treatment for Genital Warts, besides Acitinic Keratosis [resulting in a flat, dry, scaly growth on the body due to prolonged exposure to the sun], and superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma [a common skin cancer caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet rays or sunlight].    Imiquimod enhances the body’s immunity to fight off the Human Papillomavirus – that is responsible for causing genital warts in men and women.

Generic Imiquimod, the medicinal compound in Aldara Cream, acts as an immune response modifier by strengthening the body’s immune system in combating infection, and is particularly useful in treating infections caused by the Human Papillomavirus [HPV].  It is known to enable hitherto hidden lesions to be seen, which can be treated on detection, as in Acitinic Keratosis [AK] and superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma [sBCC].  Imiquimod is believed to activate immune cells that, in turn, secrete cytokines such as interferon that regulate the immune response in a manner which inhibits viral replication and suppresses further cell proliferation.  For this reason, it is beneficial in treating people who may suffer from sBCC and Genital Warts.

AK – a condition of the skin comprising reddish-brown, yellowish-black, or skin-colored patches, that are flat and dry – occurs often in people who have had over-exposure to the sunlight, and are fair complexioned. The growth can be a teeny-weeny pinhead size or spread out to an inch.  It is itchy, and gives a pricking sensation, especially when the person is out in the sun.  There is some danger of the formation of a skin cancer that is known as Squamous Cell Cancer, if AK is not treated.  Aldara Cream is used to treat specific kinds of AK, on the face and scalp of the person thus affected, who has a normal immune function.

In superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma [sBCC], a common skin cancer that occurs because of undue exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light, the disease manifests itself in the form of lesions on the skin, appearing in different shapes and colors.  These lesions can be in the form of a new growth, or a change in the older growth, or an open sore that may bleed.  For any suspicious growth, a visit to the dermatologist is vital, as sBCC can be readily treated if detected in time.

Genital and Perianal Warts take the shape of growths or bumps around the entrance of the vagina or anus, or on the penis, scrotum, groin or thigh.  The Genital Warts [also known as Condylomata acuminata] can occur singly or in clusters, varying in size, but are mostly painless, and blend with the skin.  If one partner is infected by HPV, these can be sexually transmitted.  Warts may take weeks to years to appear.  Usage of condoms is recommended to prevent transmission of HPV, but sexual contact should be avoided while using Aldara Cream for Genital Warts, for as long as the cream is on the skin, it may weaken condoms and diaphragms.

While the HPV strains that cause Genital Warts do not normally cause cancer, but a person who may be infected with other “high-risk” types of HPV may be in danger of having anal, vaginal, penile, or oropharyngeal [throat-tonsils-tongue] cancer.  As HPV infection can exist for several years, it increases the risk of cervical cancer in women, though the infection does not usually show any symptoms. Having more than one partner, many children, and smoking are all contributory factors to HPV infection.

Before your treatment begins, it is important for you to inform the physician about all the ailments you’ve suffered from; all the medicines [including OTC and prescription], nutritional supplements, herbal supplements you take; informing the dermatologist especially if you have psoriasis [a skin condition that can worsen because of Imiquimod]; if you are taking another treatment for AK, sBCC, or Genital/Anal Warts, as you cannot apply this cream until your skin has healed from other treatments; or, if you are pregnant/lactating/planning to have a child.  Inform the physician if you are allergic to anything, including Imiquimod; whether you have undergone any recent surgery that is unhealed on the skin area to be treated; whether you have any autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus; whether you have HIV; whether you suffer from high blood pressure; or, have a chronic graft-versus-host disease.

The side effects are mild and commonly include: reddening, or flaking of the skin; crusting; swelling; itching; burning; or, lightening of the skin color.  Side effects that are uncommon can include:  headache, muscular pain, backache, swollen lymph nodes, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, or fungal infections.  The area being treated may become worse before improving, while in some patients the treated area may become permanently light or dark.  In case of severe reaction, some patients may be required to take a break in the treatment.

Aldara is meant for the skin only, so while applying it, you have to steer clear of the eyes, lips, nostrils, or any open wounds.  It is used once a day, 2-5 days in a week, for a period of 6-16 weeks – depending on the nature of your infection.  The cream is best applied at night, left on the skin for 8 hours, after which the treated area has to be washed with a mild soap and water.  It is recommended that the treated site should not be covered with a bandage/closed dressing, though cotton gauze/underwear is permitted.  For those using Aldara Cream for AK or sBCC, protective clothing [including use of a hat], and avoiding exposure to sunlight/sunlamps is a must as Imiquimod is liable to make you more sensitive to the sun.  

The medicine has to be stored at a room temperature below 25oC; you can refrigerate, but don’t freeze it.  Any frozen medicine should be discarded, as well as any partly used packet.  Stick to the dose prescribed for you, informing the dermatologist if your condition worsens, or persists.  Aldara Cream is not recommended for children below 12 for the treatment of Genital/Perianal Warts, and not meant for those below 18 in the treatment of AK and sBCC.  Keep the medicine away from children and pets.


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58 Comments on Lupus Caused By Medication

  1. theemandee says:

    52 and diagnosed with Lupus but are all her symptoms caused by the lupus?
    My mom has been in and out of the hospital over the last few months and recently has been put on 24-7 watch at the hospital near me because of Lupus.

    A few days ago she felt fine.. they have her on steroids for lupus and she was doing great. Then they did surgery to remove fluid from around her heart that the steroids didn’t get.. and she’s not herself anymore. She doesn’t remember who we are and sometimes doesn’t remember where she is. It’s like talking to an 80 year old with dementia or alzheimers. It’s really, really scary to see her like this.

    Has anyone seen confusion and memory loss in Lupus? She gets over agitated very easily and thinks every noise is something significant. Her heart rate has been jumping up to 205-209 so they have her on medication to try and keep it down. Is this just because of the late diagnosis of Lupus? She only had 3 out of 4 of the criteria before and they wouldn’t treat her but now she has the criteria and is finally being treated.

    Will she come out of this? Will she be herself again?

    • matador 89 says:

      theemandee,
      In Lupus, the immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake. This can damage the joints, skin, blood vessels and organs. There are many kinds of lupus. The most common type, systemic lupus erythematosus, affects many parts of the body. Discoid lupus causes a rash that doesn’t go away. Subacute cutaneous lupus causes sores after being out in the sun. Another type can be caused by medication. Neonatal lupus, which is rare, affects newborns. Anyone can get lupus, but women are most at risk. Lupus is also more common in African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American women. The cause of lupus is not known. Unfortunately, you have described one of the possible symptoms of Lupus. Symptoms of lupus can range from mild to severe and may come and go over time. Other symptoms of lupus include chest pain, hair loss, anaemia (a decrease in red blood cells), mouth ulcers, and pale or purple fingers and toes from cold and stress. Some people also experience headaches, dizziness, depression, confusion, or seizures. New symptoms may continue to appear years after the initial diagnosis, and different symptoms can occur at different times. The idea that lupus is generally a fatal disease is a big misconception. In fact, the prognosis of lupus is much better today than ever before. It is true that medical science has not yet developed a method for curing lupus. And some people do die from the disease. However, people with non-organ threatening aspects of lupus can look forward to a normal lifespan. The course of the disease is characterised by periods of remission when the person is free from symptoms and by periods of flare-up when the symptoms return or are not under control.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. – MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  2. Belle says:

    I received several small white pills mixed in with my regular prescription. Can I sue?
    I ordered acetaminophen/hydrocodone (generic for Vicodin) from my pharmacy. I received my refill. When I opened it at home, I noticed several small white pills mixed in with the pain pills. I looked these pills up online with the information on the pill and found out that they were Lorazepam. (I verified this by checking the image as well and they were an exact match.) My prescribed number pills are accounted for and there are 30 Lorazepam tablets total. I separated them and put them in an old, empty medicine bottle that I had yet to discard.
    I take several medications due health problems caused by Systemic Lupus Erythmatosis. I take two separate anti-rejection medications for a kidney transplant (Tacrolimus Prograf and Mycophenolate Mofetil-generic for Cellcept,) one blood thinner (Warfarin Sodium-generic for Coumadin) due to an mechanical heart valve, and an anti=depressant (sertraline-generic for Zoloft)
    There are several medications that are contra indicative to these prescribed meds. I’m unaware if Lorazepam is one of them.
    Am I entitled to compensation for their negligence?
    No, I do not wish to use them for “recreational” purposes, and I will not simply toss them out. That is dangerous for many reasons. I called the pharmacy and am waiting to hear from them. It was NOT my first thought to sue! My first thought was that someone does not have their needed medication, mt second thought was that these pills mixed with mine, possibly contaminating them and I can not risk such contamination as it will mess up my blood thinner!
    I have waited for my pain medicine because I NEED IT! If you do not have Lupus you may not understand the need for pain relief.
    I only thought of a suit after two of my friends (1 in law school and one just graduated) told me that this was negligent on their part.

    I’m not a money grubber. I asked this question to get answers, not for criticism. Please understand that I have been through so many health problems for well over half of my life! I simply do not wish to add more to what I’ve already suffered.

    • Sunflower says:

      Chances are because you did not take the medication and nothing happened to you, you can’t sue them. I was given the wrong medication in the emergency room once and I had put it in my mouth and realized it had a funny taste and smell. I spit it out and asked if I could look at the little packet it came from. The nurse handed me the wrapper and when I read the contents I screamed and said what are you people trying to do to me kill me. I told yous I am allergic to this stuff.

      So the doctor came in and gave me the right stuff. Of course I would never go back there again but when I got home I called my lawyer. I’m not sue happy or anything but was curious. I told my lawyer what happened and asked him if anything could be done. He said did you take the medication? I said no if I did then I wouldn’t be here talking to you.

      He very nicely said somebody would eventually have found me but as long as I did not take the medication and nothing happened to me then there is nothing he could do. He told me to write a letter to the director of the hospital and tell them what happened so they don’t make that mistake again. So that’s it there is nothing that you can do except talk to the pharmacist and always check your pills or don’t go there anymore.

  3. CeeCee says:

    I don’t know how to handle my health and my family’s reaction to it.?
    I am seriously ill with Lupus and it is causing liver and kidney failure along with joint damage and if anyone understands Lupus then they would know that it is not a fun disease to have. I am in the hospital several times a year and take a lot of medication but I am not depressed over being sick and basically I live as if I don’t have the disease. My problem is that with Lupus one doesn’t appear to be “sick” like maybe a person with cancer does so my family seem to forget that I have many days that I really don’t feel well and treat me as if I am just a kid trying to get out of going to school by faking being sick. Some days I can’t move very easily and some days I am so tired but no one seems to remember that I am ill and I hate to keep reminding them because I am not wanting their pity–just their understanding. My husband says that it is hard to believe that I am so sick because I basically look healthy and I almost feel guilty that I don’t look worse then I do but the fact is that this disease is killing me and I need my family to understand that I am not able to function and do all the things expected out of me by them because I really am sick. It is as if no one will talk about it and I feel like I am fighting this battle alone. If anyone understands what I am trying to say, please tell me what to do because it is really making me feel that I am letting them down by being sick. We are raising grandchildren that are young and my husband’s business envolves a lot of shovel work and when I am not up to helping very much with either, I get treated as if I did something wrong rather then recognizing that it may be a bad day for me. It really hurts my feelings..
    I don’t need someone trying to sell me on products, I need someone to honestly want to help me deal with my family and my illness.

  4. Sam_I_Am says:

    Way too much written here – more than two scrolls and you loose people. Anything like this that I get in email – I don’t even bother reading the whole thing. Like now. Who is ‘someone’? – name your sources and put a link that leads to something, and not an unknown URL.

  5. Matadors_Mommy says:

    Hi! I’m sorry you’re having so much pain :( I should note that I’m not yet a nurse. I’m an STNA in nursing school, on the waitlist for clinical rotation.

    I’m not doctor, but it looks to me like your symptoms may not all be related. The leg and hip pain scream “sciatia” to me. If this has been going on for a long time, it could be a nervous system problem. It is also strange that your thyroid levels are normal, because it definitely sounds like you have hyperthyroidism. I’m sorry I can’t be of much help, but feel free to message me if you want to talk.

  6. . says:

    Does Dehydration Cause Neurological and Autoimmune Disorders.?
    I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on the following article?

    “Dehydration Also Causes Neurological and Autoimmune Disorders.
    Persistent dehydration inside some vital cells, in its extreme stages, will result in a number of disruptive conditions that have been labeled as different diseases – depending on the specialty of the “medical specialist” who first labels the problem. The initial stages of these health problems will begin by the loss of some of the most essential amino acids that get used up as detoxifying agents – antioxidants, when the person is not producing enough urine to get rid of the toxic waste of metabolism.

    Since brain activity desperately depends on the presence of some of these amino acids, their depletive overuse will result in an inadequate presence of certain neurotransmitters – such as serotonin, tryptamine, melatonin and indolamine that are made from the amino acid tryptophan; or adrenaline, noradrenalin and dopamine that are made from the amino acid tyrosine.

    As a result of an imbalance in the neurotransmitter composition of the brain, and based on proportionate depletion of a number of primary elements, a wide range of health problems have been recognized by the medical profession. Instead of recognizing these conditions as “deficiency disorders, they have been labeled as “diseases of unknown cause.” In short, when dehydration produces health problems, instead of correcting the dehydration and its metabolic complications, people are given toxic medications.

    These conditions have received various labels. Most frequently used labels are: depression, impotence, anxiety neurosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit disorder in children. At more serious pathological stages, they are labeled as autoimmune diseases – such as insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer disease, and even AIDS.

    • ƦєdAиgєℓ says:

      Anything is possible. However, parkinson’s and alzheimers disease was rare or non existent before the industrial revolution. The link to industrial toxins on the body and auto immune diseases/neurologicial problems is very strong.

  7. Mindy says:

    Should I pursue legal action against this surgeon?
    In April of 2010, I had my right ovary and fallopian tube removed as well as endometrial growths on my left ovary and in the back of my uterus. In my post op visit, I was told that I had a severe case of endometriosis, that I still had growths (in other words, they were not all removed), and that my lupus would complicate my treatment. I was then recommended to take medications that are contraindicated to my condition and the medications I am currently on. Of course, I did not take those medications. I was then recommended to drink herbal teas. I was not even given pain medications.

    Months later, I was still having problems. I bled so badly at one time that I was in need of a transfusion. The surgeon refused to see me because I still had a balance from my previous surgery (a mere $150 that I was paying on and even had a written payment agreement). It was an emergency situation, so I sought a second opinion from another surgeon. It turns out I needed a hysterectomy. In the post op report after the hysterectomy, the new surgeon told me that I had extensive nerve damage and needed reconstruction and that I was by far one of the worst cases he has ever seen. He also said that this did not happen overnight and that the first surgeon should have taken care of of it. He called her negligent and a few other colorful names and actually forwarded her the pictures from the surgery. I’m also having complications recovering from my surgery because of my lupus, a condition the previous surgeon knew I had.

    Should I pursue legal action, or would I be wasting my time? I’m not lawsuit happy at all. I work in the medical profession, and I am well aware of what the consequences of malpractice suits are. However, I used up all of my vacation time during the first surgery, had to have a second surgery when it could have been taken care of the first time around and now have NO income for an entire month, and it also caused me a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering (visits to the ER, blood transfusions, lupus flare ups, missed wages, pain, etc).
    Also, I did sign a consent the first time around that I wanted a hysterectomy if there were overwhelming endometrial growths present, which there were. When I awoke from the anesthesia, I found she had not honored my wishes. I asked her why, and she told me she felt I was “too young for a hysterectomy”.
    I sought my second opinion with a surgeon out of the area. I traveled two hours away because he was highly recommended.

    • MasterOfUniverse says:

      You could if you can get the second doctor to agree to testify. Without that, even with medical reports, there would be little chance of success in that the hospital has lawyers on staff specifically to win lawsuits and protect the hospital and doctors. Most doctors will not be willing to testify against another doctor, especially locally, due to the doctor relationship with other medical professionals in the area. I would file a complaint with the Medical Review Board though.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Is it normal to get a bad rash while using retin a ?
    I was prescribed retin a by my dermatologist to lighten freckles and help get rid of acne on my face. The first day i brought it home i applied a fairly light amount to only affected areas on my face and automatically felt a stinging sensation were i had applied it , which i guess was normal since that was one of the side affects. The third day of use still the same affect but now only that my skin was irritated red , itchy ,dry and it felt like i had a pony tail on so tight that it made me feel like my skin was stretched out to the point i even felt Chinese . I automatically stopped use of it and noticed only now that my skin started peeling on the fourth to fifth day and was also accompanied now with a red irritated itching hurt to touch rash . The truth is that it even looks like a swollen sunburn or even like a bad case of lupus rash only around my eyes, cheecks, and chin that hurts . I am to embarresed to come out of my house cause of the way i look and am running out of ideas. So i would appreciate some good experienced advice on how to treat it and if it is normal or not to be experiencing these side affects with this medication.

  9. Tina S says:

    How do I stop two adults from creating a baby?
    I really don’t know where to go so, I thought I would give it whirl here..My sibling is 43 yrs old however; “Patty” is a transsexual; born a male trying to change to a female that is turning back to a male. (past history-reports of sexually abusing two children during his/her teenage life) She/He is bipolar, very dangerous bad temper and has the mind set of a 15 year old. “Patty” stopped taking all of her/his medication all at once on the same day…seriously dangerous for all parties involved. “Patty” is always starting fights at work and in personal life. She/he seeks vengeance’s in dark dangerous ways.

    “Patty” has a job however; that’s on shaky ground due to all the problems and fights she/he had created. She/He continues to create problems at work and personal life. Patty relies on our parents for money due to “Lucy” spending it all on alcohol etc. Bums rides to and from the appointed destination. She also dumps all her stress and worry she has caused onto our parents.

    “Patty” does NOT care that our father has had several strokes & T.I.A’s. He has been warned by a cardiologist that if he has one more stroke it could kill him this time. Our Mother is sick with cardiological problems. She has had open heart surgery and zapped with the heart paddles to start her heart two different occasions recently. She also suffers with mental illnesses.

    I’m also not well. I’ve had 19 operations in my abdominal region with many diseases including precancerous tumours, Lupus, Fibromyalgia…..blah blah blah I count my blessings everyday when I have a day where I can get out of bed. I’ve had to be put on life support after my last three operations. I’m not on life support now. My husband is healthy minus the hair loss due too all this stress…lol

    The sexual partner “Lucy” is 29 yrs old. She was born a female and remains to be female however; she has the maturity level of a 10 yr old. She works and spends every pay cheque on junk, alcohol and cigarettes. She does NOT pay her part of the rent, food or bills. She goes out partying every night and sleeps around with pretty much anybody. She stopped taking her Bipolar medication and other medication all at once on the same day. She’s 5 weeks pregnant with my sister/brother’s baby. Neither of them are under the care of a doctor and “Lucy” does NOT take vitamin supplements or folic acid. She is not taking prenatal classes or anything for that matter and does NOT eat anything healthy.

    She goes through phases like getting a cat and when she’s bored with it she ignores it, does NOT feed or take care of it. She also has had a kikachu once again, she got bored of it, ignored it and did not take care of it. She wanted to get a ferret however; thankfully that didn’t pan out in her favor. Now, it’s the baby phase. She’s made arrangements to have her mother to take care of the baby when she loses interest in the baby. The mother is mentally ill, has had her autistic son taken away because she beat the crap out of the child to him shut-up.

    I can tell you more however; I really don’t think it’s necessary because you all can see how badly it’s turning out for everyone especially the 5 week old fetus.

    Plus, their apartment is infested with fleas and smell to the heavens like cat urine.
    We are all born and raised Canadian and still live in Canada.

    Can anybody help me because if I can’t do anything then a child will be born into this world….I much rather not say :0( You get the point…right?
    I send big HUGS out to everybody that has offered suggestions…..Thank you very much!

    • Kathleen says:

      At the very least, call Children’s Aid to talk to them. If nothing else, they can point you in the right direction.

  10. CoffeeNow says:

    Medication For Increased Heart Rate…Good Or Bad Idea?
    I’ve been having on and off physical problems for about 4 months now. I’ve gone to a few doctors, and one thing that was noticed was that my heart rate was consistently too high. I’m only 18 years old, I’m not overweight at all, and I’m in pretty good physical shape, so there’s really no reason why it should be that high. I was then sent to a cardiologist, and had several tests done. All of the tests came back completely normal. The thing that I don’t like is that he wants me on some type of medication too keep my heart rate down, although when I asked if that was what was causing my physical problems, he said no. He thought the increased heart rate was in response to something else, and wasn’t making me sick. Would going on medication be a bad idea then if it isn’t what is causing the problem? I told him that I would love to avoid that since most medications make me sick, but I’m not sure he wants to do that. I don’t think my problems are being caused by my heart though…my symptoms are muscle aches, joint aches, muscle weakness, headache, stiffness, heart palpitations, dizziness, and many other things, so I’ve been thinking fibromyalgia….nobody seems to be mentioning that though. Everything else seems to be mentioned and tested except for that (lyme, depression, anxiety, mono, lupus, etc.) Would it really be a good idea for me to go on heart medication when I really don’t see that as being the problem? Any advice appreciated!

    • Shari says:

      Hey there! First of all, if the cardiologist suggested you take this medication, it won’t hurt you to try it. If you notice any side effects, simply call and let them know. He wouldn’t prescribe something that’s going to harm you.
      Like someone mentioned, you might want to make a list of your symptoms each day and when they occur, what you’ve eaten, what your activity was when it occurred…. You might see a pattern that you haven’t noticed. You’ve obviously been through a lot of testing. Was this through your regular general practitioner? I’m not saying that he/she is less than adequate. Many GPs are wonderful. If you haven’t seen a rheumatologist, you might want to consider doing just that. The fact that you are having muscle aches and weakness, joint aches, and stiffness for several months throws up a red flag. Sometimes syndromes/diseases can be difficult to diagnose and only those specializing in these areas can pinpoint them as efficiently. No one out here can diagnose you over the internet, only a physician can do that.
      Continue to be persistent until you get an answer! You’re having these symptoms for a reason; healthy eighteen year olds do not not have these issues. Take your list with you to the doctor. He/she may see something that helps diagnose you. The quicker you’re diagnosed, the faster you can get treatment and start feeling better!

  11. !SONY! says:

    Can Lupus be caused by medication?
    My daughter (9 years old) was diagnosed with Absence seizures a few months ago. She was having several hundred a day, so she was placed on Zarontin for them. A few months later she developed a rash that would go away then come back in another place. We stopped the medication to see if it was from the med. It didn’t fade, so we were told she was allergic to something else, and we continued with the med. A couple of weeks ago, she was at her fathers house (joint custody-he gets the summer), and her fingers and toes turned blue, then purple. After testing, the doctor there (Texas) told me she has Lupus, but it could be a result of the Zarontin, so he took her off of that and prescribed Depakote.He said he’ll test her again to see if it’s gone in two weeks. Anyone experience this before? Can anyone tell me something to advise me what to do in the mean time? Any input at all would be greatly appreciated!

    • Linda R says:

      There are four types of lupus: cutaneous or discoid, systemic, neonatal, and drug induced. Yes, some medications can cause lupus. In those cases, the lupus goes away some time after the offending drug is withdrawn.

      The fingers and toes issue is probably Raynaud’s syndrome which often accompanies lupus. I have both.

      If this was my child, I would take her to a pediatric rheumatologist. Lupus is a complicated condition. It can affect the central and peripheral nervous systems.

      Get copies of all tests and notes that the doctors make and start a file. It will be up to you to make sure all of your daughter’s doctors are on the same page.

      Each time I see one of my doctors, I fax all results to the others. Bring a list of questions with you to her appointments. Put them in priority order. Take notes. Make sure you understand what the doctors are saying by repeating it back in your own words.

      You have my prayers.

  12. HBeerock says:

    A little help please?
    Now, I just want to start off by saying that I have never really posted a question on here in reference to my health and body image. Usually, I ask questions about my cats. This is new to me, since this means a lot to me.

    Here is the story, before I got pregnant, over three years ago I weighed a little less than 115lbs. I gained over 110lbs with my son, it is embarrassing to type as it is to the responses I may get. I got terribly ill the last few months of my third trimester and ended up having to be induced for medical issues. Now, after he was born I lost absolutely no weight, none what so ever, and my son was a good healthy weight of 10lbs! After he was born, I began to get ill periodically as the months past, and I developed arthritis and doctors eventually diagnosed me with Lupus. Again, very little weight disappeared. I was told not to do any athletic activities, but I told myself to lose the weight, and I was able to lose 20lbs. This was 2 1/2 years ago. A few doctors told me that the only way I could cure my chronic pain was to lose weight. I couldn’t exercises, it was getting me no where. I went to a weight loss clinic and was given phentermine. I was able to get down to 140lbs, but eventually noticing the damage it had caused to my kidneys landed me back at a doctor and I was put on steroids for pain and gained the weight back. I have been exercising and dieting for the past year now, I run daily and eat very healthy, I do p90x and insanity, it was my last resort. Sad to say, but I have lost absolutely no weight. I have asked doctors why, and they keep giving me the same answer- you will in time. I have been tested numerous times for a reason for the “no weight loss”, and nothing ever comes up. I have to stay pretty active since I work with prisoners. However, this is getting a bit too much for me. My husband tries to reassure me by saying it is just skin, but it’s just frustrating. You know how when everyone sees you for the first time since high school and they comment on how big you have gotten, yeah, that’s the feeling.

    My question is, is there any program I can try that is good for this sort of problem, or any medication I can take. I am up for anything, I just want my healthy body back!

    • Gail says:

      Wow, you’re a trooper :]
      The only thing I can think of is weight watchers.
      I’m not sure about the “no weight loss thing”. The doctors HAVE to be missing something. Have they tested your thyroid?
      I’m really not sure hun..

  13. lowpaddock says:

    What causes my sore tongue with white spots?
    Had this now on and off for one yr, doc tried thrush medication but that doesnt work, SOmetimes it goes by itself then comes back and its nothing different im eating. Get ulcers in the mouth too but i cant cope with them its just the sore tongue, even hurts when i eat or talk. TEsted me for lupus too, as i also have a inflamed lung due to pneumonia last yr but that test came back clear and now the doctor doesn’t know what to suggest.

    • T-Rex Mermaid says:

      Last year, following a nasty course of shingles which was treated with prednisone, I I had a white tongue, which hurt. My doctor gave me medicine for thrush. First, try Glyoxide. (available without a prescription, sold in the oral care isle) It bubbles on the tongue, or a canker sore inside the mouth, but it works quickly. You can get thrush if you have eaten too much sugar, yeast, or similar food items. Go to the Library and check out the book, The Yeast Connection. You might have a sensitivity, which will cause the outbreak. Also, when you get an outbreak, take 10 tablets a day of Lysine. Space out the tablets, it helps with the stress that causes canker sores.

      I have also switched to Biotene toothpaste, and mouthwash. It is for sensitive mouths. Lastly, Trident gum with xylotol is better for you than other gums.

      By any chance are you under a lot of stress, that you haven’t considered as stress? Your body will always let you know when it is over-burdened. Good luck with your problem.

  14. James R says:

    Need Help with Medical Diagnosis – Urgently?
    Patient is a 74 year old female with long history of severe osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. She has never smoked and her SATs were normally in the upper nineties before current illness. She under went partial shoulder replacement surgery on 2 April. The shoulder became dislocated during rehab and a second surgery was performed to correct the dislocation on 21 April. She remained in sling with little to no PT until 20 June. Very mild PT was begun at her retirement home by a home health care company. The home health care nurse noted her SATs were often in the lows nineties. Following a routine doctors visit she complained of having chest pain when breathing and shortness of breath about a half hour after returning home.

    She was transported to the ER and diagnosed with pericarditis and admitted to the hospital Wed 8 July. She was placed on 2 liters of O2 via cannula. She had a couple of episodes of atrial fibrillation Wed night and Thursday night during which her heart rate went to approximately 120 bpm. She was placed on medication to reduce her heart rate and converted to normal sinus rhythm both times. The heart rate medication IV was discontinued by Friday morning and she seemed to be improving on Friday. She was able to get out of bed and use the bedside latrine with little or no help. She was alert and able to feed her self.

    Saturday afternoon she went into atrial fibrillation again and this time her heart rate went to 180 bpm. The IV used to control heart rate was restarted and she converted back to sinus rhythm. Her breathing seems to ave steadily gotten worse following this incident. First she went from the cannula at 2 liters of O2 to a mask at full O2 and then to BiPAP and is now on a ventilator in ICU.

    Cardiac echo tests have indicated heart is strong and no sign of valve problems. The fluid in the pericardium is now minimal. Her BP has been generally low in the 90/45 range with fluctuations (probably due to medications and sleep cycle changes).

    Family History:
    Mother deceased at age 38 cause leukemia. Father deceased age 68 lung cancer detected when he experience atrial-fib episode. Grandmother certain history of tuberculosis or Lupus. One maternal uncle died with Lupus. One first cousin with Lupus currently living. Brother with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

    The doctors have told me her RH factor and ANA are both negative although I have not seen those test results. Her white count is normal and thus a infection is not thought to be the cause; however she has been treated with first Bacrum DS and is now on a Levaquin IV.

    Her lungs seem to be filling with fluid and getting worse as time goes on.

    wbcnormal8.4

    The following are the test results which are outside of normal range:

    rbclow2.63
    hgblow8.0
    hctlow23.6
    rdwhigh15.8
    Granulocyteshigh88
    Lymphslow5
    Absol Lymphslow0.4
    D DimerQuanthigh0.76
    NAlow126
    Chloridelow93
    Bunhigh54
    Creatininehigh1.6
    Bun/Creathigh34
    GFR est AAlow47
    GFR est AAAlow39
    Calciumlow8
    GPTlow22
    Anion Gaplow4
    C React Prothigh8.8

    Any thoughts on possible underlying causes or suggestions of tests which should be run would be greatly appreciated!
    Yes she has had three chest xrays so far. They have indicated more fluid in the lungs each time. Actually I have not heard the results of yesterdays xray yet.

    Thanks for your suggestions I will ask her doctors about that today!
    She had no history of chest pain prior to the onset last week. Unfortunately she was unable to lie on the table for VQ scan due to her spinal curvature as a result of spinal fractures from osteoporosis.
    I asked the doctor about pulmonary embolism. They did perform a CT pulmonary angiogram which revealed no abnormality. That doctor now says his best opinion is ARDS but was still not able to define the underlying cause. They are treating with anti-biotics as I said earlier. The doctor says that the signs of inflammation and anemia would tend to indicate a possible chronic infection. I asked again about autoimmune causes especially since Lupus and RA are prevalent in other family members. The doctor says both rheumatoid factor and ANA are negative; but one doctor made mention of something funny with test results where RF was positive one day and then negative the next. I still have not gotten a good answer about that today I will demand to see the tests results myself.
    One other thought comes to mind since her hemoglobin was low she was given a transfusion on either Thursday or Friday last week. It was on the Saturday following that when she appeared to take a nose dive from what was an improving condition. Perhaps some transfusion reaction is the cause of the turn for the worse????

    • mrs d says:

      i would definatley be looking towards pulmonary embolism.

      raised d dimer, prev h/o chest pain, recent surgery,she needs a vq scan. has she had a plain chest xray?

  15. kenbfos says:

    How do I deal with lupus with out taking drugs?
    I have had lupus for three years, but I just started get treatment from a lupus specialist at Magee womens hospital. I take a small dose blood pressure medication. But my doctor wants me to take plaqunil and prednesone. But those drugs have so many side affects and I hear so many bad things about how they help one thing but then something else breaks down, Then you are on this cycle of adding on medicine after medicine. I want to live, but I don’t want to lose my eyesight, have liver problems, or other complication caused by these medicines. I know their has to be a way of life change, or natural medicine that will help and have less or no side affects. I lived three years without medicine or help. But I do notice that I had more flares lately. I need to make a decision, I recieved my plaqunil in the mail a week ago, i need to decide if I am going to take or find something else that help to present to my doctor at my next appointment. I want to live but not taking alot of medicine

  16. intheknow says:

    Anyone out there with incredible pain in joints & depression after prednisone use?
    I have muscle weakness, pain in most all of my joints& depression ever since I was misdianosed with lupus. I started out with 17 mg of prednisone & went all the way up to 500mg over a period of 6 months.
    The doctors were trying to convince my husband to institutionalize me cause they said the lupus had probably entered my brain & there was no coming back for me . My husband told the doctor’s he wouldn’t consider that cause he felt the reason I was hallucinating was caused by the bad reactions I was having to the 15 medications they were prescribing me. He insisted on further tests.
    I had to go through a MRI, brain scans, spinal tap & numerous other tests, all of which came back negative. The final dianosis has been Fibromalgia. That was a year ago & I have been off of all medication since. I just hope there is some way to reverse the damage that I feel was caused by all the poisons prescribed to me.

    • Carol J says:

      Prednisone has caused me (and hundreds of others) so many problems that I have to avoid all synthetic steroids. I was given Prednisone often between the ages of about seven and fifteen and it caused severe depression and suicidal thoughts every time, and it also kick-started my OCD and narcolepsy. Others have also experienced major joint problems caused by Prednisone. Please accept my deepest sympathies for everything negative you experienced. You may find help from different doctors with more experience and knowledge about the damaging effects of the medicines you were prescribed. I wish you the best of luck!

  17. Vanessa P says:

    Prednisone has so many bad side effects , some being permanent.Anyone know of a law suit against it’s makers??
    I have muscle weakness, pain in most joints & depression ever since I was misdianosed with Lupus. I started out with 17mg of prednisone & went all the way up to 500 mg over a 6 month period. The doctors were trying to convince my husband to institionalize me cause they said the lupus had probably entered my brain & there would be no coming back for me.
    My husband told the doctor’s he wouldn’t consider doing so because he felt the reason I was hallucinating was caused by the bad reactions I was having to the 15 medications they were prescribing me,and he insisted on further tests.
    I had to go through a MRI, Brain Scans, two spinal taps& numerous other tests, all which came back negative.
    I now been dianosed with fibromalgia. My whole life changed ever since that 1 st week of medications, I just hope there is some way to reverse the damage. It’s almost been a full year since I stopped the poisons that were prescribed to me.

    • binga_4980 says:

      You don’t have a legitmate case against a drug manufacturer since Prednisone is a generic. If you were to file suit against anyone it would be your physician. A drug manufacturer can not be held liable for misdiagnosis.

  18. LuLuBelle says:

    How to begin excercise routine?HELP!!?
    I really need some advice on how to begin SLOWLY with a new excercise routine that I can stick to. I need something that I can build up to, and do at home, since I am a working mom, and the only time I get to myself is after 9pm (if Im lucky).

    I have quit smoking and begun a new medication in the last year that has helped me pack on SO much weight I feel like it will be impossible to lose it but I can’t stand to look at myself some days.

    I only drink coffee, tea and water, and one glass of milk/day;
    I crave salty snacks but hardly ever eat sugary things.

    I have Lupus, which causes chronic fatigue and painful joints,
    bad back, and depression(meds for this added the weight on)

    I have never had weight issues before, and when I had my child I was able to lose all the weight myself plus some, just by doing the same stuff i do now:(

    If anyone can help me with specific plan I would REALLY appreciate it!!!

    • jackass3585 says:

      try this, its based on the US Armys training excercises, do 10 pushups, 10 situps, and 10 flutter kicks (raising legs about 6 inches off ground and do small kicks with your legs straight, about 5 per raise) a day, and at least once a week, try to walk a mile, gradually increase it as it gets easier, eat a balanced diet, drink alot more milk though, try to cut out the coffee, tea may be ok, green tea is great though, the stuff in its good for you.

  19. Dawn C says:

    did u know? i got this in the email?
    Reading this information & sharing it, might mean saving a life or improving the quality of someone’s life, maybe yours.

    In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick, she had stomach spasms, she was having a hard time getting around, and to walk was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

    By March 2002, she had undergone biopsies, and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not figure out what was wrong with her. She was in so
    much pain, and so sick, she knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life
    insurance, etc., in her oldest daughters name, and made sure her younger children were to be with her oldest daughter. She wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd. On March 19th I called her to ask her how one of her tests went, and she said they didn’t find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS. I thought, oh, my…. then I recalled an article a friend of mine emailed to me…and I asked her…. Do you drink Diet pop?

    She told me yes, as a matter of fact she was getting ready to crack one open that
    moment. I told her not to open it, and stop drinking the diet pop…. and I emailed her the following article.

    She called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she stopped drinking the diet pop, and she can walk. She went up the stairs, and the muscle spasms went away. She said she didn’t feel 100% well, but sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me back when she got home.

    She called me, and her doctor was amazed, he is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweetener!

    In a nutshell she was being poisoned by the aspartame in the diet soda, dying a slow death!

    When she got to FL March 22nd, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for poisoning… she is well on her way to recovery… and she is walking!!! No wheelchair!!!
    This article saved her life!!!

    The life saving article:

    If it says “SUGAR FREE,” on the label, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    Have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on “ASPARTAME” marketed as ‘NutraSweet,’ ‘Equal,’ and ‘Spoonful.’ In the keynote
    address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, that it was hard to understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant. I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.

    I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous:
    When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to Formaldehyde, and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.)

    The methane toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis. People were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a
    death sentence, where methanol toxicity is!

    Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis; especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use, irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become life threatening. We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptomatic once taken off diet sodas. In the case of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We’ve seen many cases where vision returned and hearing improved markedly.

    This also applies to cases of tinnitus
    .
    During the lecture I said, “If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) And you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss…. you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!”

    People were jumping up during the lecture saying, I’ve got some of these symptoms: Is it reversible? Yes!

    Not drinking diet sodas and keeping an eye out for aspartame on food labels. Yes!

    We have a very serious problem. A stranger came up to Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) and me and said: “Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS? During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

    Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, etc. are NOT A DIET PRODUCT!
    The Congressional Record states that it makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly if no significant increase in exercise, etc.

    Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that physicians would believe that they have a patient with retinopathy, when in fact the symptoms are caused by aspartame! The aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control! Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxin without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it passes the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain, causing in diabetics (as well as in patients not suffering from diabetes) various kinds of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic seizures, manic depression, panic attacks, rage, and violence. (The Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi, consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.)

    Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects: i.e. mental retardation if taken at the time of conception and early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NOT be given NutraSweet. I can relate different case histories of children having mal seizures and other disturbances, being on NutraSweet. Unfortunately it is not always easy to convince a mother that aspartame is to blame for her child’s illness. Only by trial and success will she be able to warn other mothers to take their children’s health into their own hands.

    Stevia, a sweet herb, NOT A MANUFACTURED ADDITIVE, which helps in the metabolism of sugar (which would be ideal for diabetics) has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. For years the FDA has outlawed this sweet food because of their loyalty to MONSANTO.

    Books on this subject are available: EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE THAT KILLS written by Dr. Russell Blayblock (Health Press 1-800-643-2665) and
    DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – written by DR H. J. Roberts, also a diabetic specialist.

    These two doctors will be posting a position paper with some case histories on the deadly effects of Aspartame on the Internet.

    According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians “we are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison.”

    Here is the problem: There were Congressional Hearings when aspartame was included in 100 different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5,000 products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!!!!!

    I assure you, MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame knows how deadly it is. They fund among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association, the
    Conference of the American College of Physicians.

    This has been exposed in the New York Times – to no avail. These Associations cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and have to endorse their products.

    Senator Howard Hetzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all infants, pregnant mothers and children of the dangers of aspartame. The bill would have also instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes neurological and behavioral symptoms). It was killed by the powerful drug and chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting public!
    i got this in an email. so read it, even if u thing wtf, lol casue it could be useful some time for someone

  20. lil1skis says:

    What is calcification of veins? Any remedies? Does this mean that all of the veins calcify?
    My mom was told the swolen areas on either side of her neck/shoulders are caused by calcification of her veins. Is that like hardening of the arteries? She has Lupus and is diabetic. Is there anything she can do to reverse of help it? I guess the doctor also told her to take some medication for her cholesterol which is a bit high but not a lot. Does her cholesterol level have anything to do with the calcification in her veins? Confusing. Thanx.

  21. Marilyn B says:

    My 21-y/o daughter is plagued by daily headaches with all test results normal. Any suggestions as to cause?
    Presciption-strength Aleve and other over-the-counter headache medication has had no effect. She’s had an EEG, CAT scan, and MRI of the head, neck, and chest. All the blood work came back normal. Yet, her headaches continue on a daily basis and have become more and more frequent over the past three years. They start upon rising out of bed in the mornings. Sometimes they are in the front of her head, sometimes on both sides, sometimes on the back, sometimes pounding, and sometimes there is an intense pressure (squeezing) sensation. The family physician thought that the headaches were due to stress/depression and put her on Wellbrutin. The neurologist thought that the headaches were migrains and has put her on 50 mg of Topamax (4th week and no improvement). The rheumatologist thought that it was Lupus but has since ruled that out. She sees a chiropractor and physical therapist twice per week with no improvement. Anyone have any other suggestions? We are at our wits-end here!
    Her hair is shoulder-length and quite thin (always has been) but I appreciate all thoughts.
    Just today, I thought of calling an allergist for an appointment.
    No, she is not on any birth-control. I’ve heard of some young women who are put on birth-control medication in order to curb their heachaches that are related to their monthly cycle, however.

    • HH in AK says:

      I had unexplained headaches at about the same age. I went to five different doctors, got five different diagnoses. One even prescribed glasses.

      Then one day I was at the dentist and he asked, “Have you been having headaches lately?” I almost cried. It turned out I had TMJ, trans-mandibular joint disorder. I was grinding my teeth at night and it was wearing out the muscles. The headaches were strained muscles on the sides of my head. My jaw didn’t hurt at all, but my eyes and temples were in pain all the time.

      Have someone look at her for TMJ, it’s an easy fix.

  22. daanieelle says:

    i got an email?? is this true?? its about sugar free soda?
    I have not researched this subject, and make no claim of its validity.
    SWEET POISON A MUST READ

    In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

    By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick.she just knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter’s name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.

    She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.

    On March 19 I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn’t find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
    I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda? She told me that she did. As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment.

    I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda!
    I e-mailed her the article my friend, a lawyer, had sent.
    My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk! The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn’t feel 100% but she sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.

    Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed! He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind.
    In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda…and literally dying a slow and miserable death.

    When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete recovery.
    And she is walking! No wheelchair! This article saved her life.
    If it says ‘SUGAR FREE’ on the label; DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on ‘ASPARTAME,’ marketed as ‘NutraSweet,’ ‘Equal,’ and ‘Spoonful.’

    In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant.
    I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.
    I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn c auses metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics, among other condit ions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!

    Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition.
    We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.

    In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear. We’ve seen many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly.

    This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia.
    During a lecture, I said, ‘If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!’
    < FONT color=#339966 size=4>People were jumping up during the lecture saying, ‘I have some of these symptoms. Is it reversible?’

    Yes! Yes! Yes! STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels! Many products are fortified with it! This is a serious problem.
    Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice, a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

    Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!
    These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve ’tissue specimens.’ Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!

    Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the ‘diet products’ and with no significant increase in exercise; his patients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.

    Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics.
    We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame.
    The Aspartame drives the bloodsugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance.

    Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrierand it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage.

    Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well.
    Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet. So called ‘behavior modification prescription drugs’ (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place! Most of these children were being ‘poisoned’ on a daily basis with the very foods that were ‘better for them than sugar.’

    It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

    Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.
    Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners. There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.’

    Herein lies the problem:
    There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.

    Sadly, MONSANTO’S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!
    There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced. Everybody wants a ‘piece of the Aspartame pie.’ I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.

    And isn’t it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?

    This has been recently exposed in the New York Times.
    These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

    Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants. The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.
    The bill was killed.

    It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public. Well, you’re Informed now! YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!

    Please print this out and/or e-mail to your family and friends.

    They have a right to know too

    • Carlo d'Umbria says:

      This rant is an amalgam of non-scientific canards, outrageous claims, intentional misinterpretations, dramatic hyperbole, highly selective use of data, and a few scattered truths. It’s constructed this way intentionally, of course, so that the lay public can’t readily evaluate it. To paraphrase comedian George Schlatter, “this rant is to scientific truth what Mother Teresa is to mud wrestling.”

      Scientific study after scientific study has shown aspartame to be safe. Yet this fear-mongering about aspartame has been around for a long time, and won’t die. It’s brought to you by the same kind of alarmists who crusade against vaccinations and fluoride in drinking water. Pay them no mind.

  23. desper says:

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

    • bugsmom419 says:

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

  24. Emily B says:

    Pulse of numbness/tingling throughout my body?
    OK, I am a 20 yr old female. I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus this past April, but apparently I’ve had it for 6 years now. For the past year I have been experiencing intermittent pulsations of numbness/tingling throughout my body. It comes on every few weeks and lasts anywhere from 3-5 days, nonstop. It’s about an average of 2 pulses a second. It mostly occurs when I move or change direction. I know it is SOMEHOW linked to my antidepressant, Pristiq. Every time I miss a dose, or stop taking it for a medical test, the pulses come back, usually about 12 hours after the missed dose, but this last time it took 3 days to start happening. They start out faintly and get worse and stronger as time passes. When they happen I have trouble walking, talking, anything. I can’t feel where my limbs are because I lose feeling during the pulses. I was actually drinking a glass of water once and the pulse came and I couldn’t feel the cold water in my mouth anymore. The numbness only lasts when the shocks are occuring, as I stated about 2 a second. You can imagine how difficult this has made my life. I went to work today and ran into customers all day! I try to go through my everyday tasks but they’re so much more difficult when the pulses come.

    I went to the doctor and they did a VNG on me. I have a vertical nystagmus of the eyes, but I do not have vertigo. I even went to physical therapy because they thought it was vertigo but I never got dizzy with the shocks when I was there, they said I was wasting my time doing physical therapy. I now have an appointment with my cardiologist tomorrow (I also have mitral valve prolapse) to see if maybe my heart is the problem. I am getting an Auditory Brainstem Analysis later this week (MRI of my ear canals and the surrounding brain tissue) and I have been told by my doctor I also need to schedule an appointment with a neurologist.

    I just want to get this over with and fix whatever’s wrong. I already went through all the doctor stuff THIS YEAR! I had to fly to Pittsburgh to the Lupus Center to find out if I had Lupus. I am open to any thoughts anyone has as to what the heck this could be. They said I had a mild cause of lupus. I am taking 200mg of plaquenil a day, no steriods. I also take Yasmin, and 50 mg of Prisitq. I have stopped taking the Prisitq for the last 4 days to make sure this isn’t some weird addiction thing. So far the pulsations are still going strong. I looked up SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome, but that sounds like it’s just the effects of depression after you discontinue the SSRI, plus vomiting and chills. I don’t have that. Honestly I haven’t even felt depressed since I stopped the medication. I haven’t felt nauseous, but I always cold (I’m about 115 lbs.)

    Here’s my medical history:
    My aunt has Lupus, and another aunt has Multiple Sclerosis. My cousin has Epstein Barr. I had a hermangioma under my eyes when I was younger which rarely acts up now. I used to have high cholesterol that was induced by acutane (acne medication) but that was about 4 years ago. I had to take Lipitor for about a year. During that time I also had issues with high triglycerides, but that has since been resolved. About a year and a half ago I had issues with low blood sugar and that was fixed by just eating often. I developed a tic in my shoulder around 3 years ago because of Zoloft. I discontinued with medication and still have the tic a few times a week (it was about 60 times a day). When that was an issue I had a EEG done which showed a few abnormal results but nothing to be worried about because abnormal firings of the brain was normal in adolescents. I discovered I had mitral valve prolapse one day when I was about to fall asleep and my heart started racing and my left arms started hurting. I do have regurgitation but it’s very little. Along with Lupus I also have Raynaud’s Phenomenon which causes my feet to turn purple in normal temperature rooms. I have had an MRI with and without contrast, they said there were no brain lesions because of the lupus. I have been on numerous antidepressants for the past 6 years.

    I don’t know if the Pristiq is what has been causing these horrible sensations or it has been acting as the TREATMENT for something else I didn’t even know was wrong, so when I stopped taking the treatment, the problem came back. I know some of you must be thinking, ‘hello, they’re gone when you take your meds just keep taking them!’ but I can’t do that, I don’t know if the meds are causing this and hurting me or not. Maybe if I keep taking the Pristiq the symptoms will just keep getting worse when I have to stop taking it and maybe even hurt my body more.

    I need help! I was planning to move out of my mother’s house to go away to college next semester and I’ve had to put off my plans for another day because I’m not well enough to live on my own! I’m still stuck at my community college! These health issues are building up and slowly destroying what little life I h

  25. Matt says:

    What is the cause of this person’s rapid weight-loss?
    I’m a college student, and there’s this one guy who’s been in at least one of my classes every semester I’ve been there. I always wondered if he had cancer or some kind of illness, because he’s only about 20 and is almost completely bald. He has like the hair you’d find on a baby/toddler (very thin). Last time I saw him was late May, just before summer break. Classes began today, and the kid looks COMPLETELY emaciated, like you can see every bone in his body. And his eyes are sunken. He’s a walking skeleton and literally looks like he just went to hell and back. But yet, he’s there in class and acts fine and everything. Keep in mind that this guy was probably 170 or more lbs by my estimate in late May. In fact, he might have even been a little overweight. Now I swear he’s more like 110. What would cause a person to lose 60 lbs over a summer? Parasite? Lupus? Chemo-therapy? Medication of some sort?
    to how’s this – I wasn’t staring at this person. And I’d ask if I actually knew him personally, but I don’t, and I don’t want to ask someone a question that might be too personal or even offensive.

  26. haute_foxx says:

    How can I overcome my fear of doctors?
    I’ve always been scared and nervous when I talk to doctors. For some reason I always feel so inferior around them….even kind of stupid. I don’t know why. But this always causes me to be very passive when speaking to them and I’m not always able to get my point across or really express how I’m feeling. I’ve recently been diagnosed with SLE (lupus) and I’m working with a new Rheumatologist and he really scares me. He prescribed a horrible steroid by the name of Prednisone that I do NOT want to take (reason being the scary side effects) I spoke to him over the phone and was determined to get him to change the med but as soon as he said he didn’t want to, I let it go. I really wanted to be assertive but for some reason I just couldn’t. I have an appointment with him on Wednesday and my husband will be there with me which I think having moral support there will help. My plan is to be as assertive as possible about the medication and get him to change it but who knows…. Does anyone else have this problem and what can I do to feel more comfortable around doctors?

    • bookgirl says:

      Its good your husband is going with you for support. I have also experienced this but after my doctor made a big mistake with a medication I realized they are human too and they make mistakes. I am concerned that he just said he didn’t want to change your meds. It is really important that your doctors listen to you and that you feel comfortable talking to them. In all honesty you may want to find another doctor you are more comfortable with. I would also probably talk with your doctors (or if you are too scared start with an email or letter or you can write down a list of what you want to say so that you can refer to it when you freeze up) tell them that you feel intimidated talking to them and ask that they make a point to listen to your questions. In the end no one is going to look out for your health better than you, if you cannot get over this or you feel that it has become unmanageable than think about talking to a psychologist, there are a lot of really short term therapies that can help you deal with your fears. Hope that helps, good luck!

  27. Abuela Paloma says:

    Do you feel like the Physicians work for you or the other way around?
    My neice has Lupus Erythematosus and Fibromyalgia. She is always in severe and I do mean severe pain. She had been seen by a certified nurse practitioner and then began seeing a new physician and always had a Rheumatologist. Because she felt as if she wasn’t getting along with the CNP, she sought out a new physician. She visited the new physician 4 times, got her medications and had just sent a letter to the CNP to inform her that she no longer wanted to be a patient. The CNP however beat her to the punch. She received a termination letter from the CNP basically letting her go in 30 days because of communication breakdown and narcotics abuse. Now, from what my neice told me, she informed the new primary of her previously seeing a CNP and that she was not satisfied. However, you know how it is when you visit a physician. You all might mesh and you might not. At any rate, she had refills on prescriptions from all three physicians and she got them filled, not all at the same time. But, she was so hurt because she stated that morally, her CNP had an obligation to speak with her if she felt that something was wrong, and I agree. She had been seeing this CNP for over 6 years and truth be told, was only seeing her because of a friend of the family. She is known in the streets to give you whatever you want. However, my neice wasn’t seeing her for that. I felt that the CNP threw her away as if she was a piece of trash. A similar situation happened with a friend of the family and through the Michigan Automated Prescription System, the state of Michigan notified her primary to pull a report from this system. The system showed that she was seeing another physician and getting her prescription with him. Because of her being red-flagged of sorts, she too was also terminated from her primary thus causing her to be so despondent that she blew off her head with a .357 magnum. Because of the doctors termination letter, she tought that she would never ever be able to find another doctor. Okay, now my neice has the new primary, whom she just loves and has her Rheumatologist as well. But yesterday, she asked me. Abuela (Although I am her aunt), do you think that I will get in trouble? My answer to her was a resounding NO! You have a right to go and see any doctor that you want. I did of course reiterate that out of fairness to the new physician, you should let them know if you still have prescriptions and/or any medications that still need to be filled. I feel bad for her because her conscience is soooo heavy. If it where not for patients, physicians would not be in business. Why do they act as if they are doing us a favor and why do they often treat everyone as potential drug addicts? My neice’s fingers are so turned and twisted, you would think that she has Rheumatoid Arthritis and I know that Lupus and RA are in the same family. She is scared to go back to her Rheumatologist because of this new Mapping system. However, I told her that she has every right to talk with her doctor, whether it’s doctor 1, 2 or 3. And if her Rheumatologist no longer wants to treat her then dammit, find someone else. My father always said, one monkey don’t stop no show! What do you all think yahoo community? Did I give her the correct information. I love her and would never intentionally steer her or anyone wrong.

    • ZXCV says:

      (whew!)

      Oh.. what a poor girl.. How old is she?
      Some physician and nurses are always like that!! But hack that, no need to worry, you can always have another Physician and you can always go and see any Physician you want any time!
      Yes, Patients have the right to change their doctors if they don’t want any more.
      Um, Good to hear that that girl has a new primary now.
      Hope everything would be okay with that Rheumatologist and her new primary.

  28. CalaLilly says:

    Does Anyone with SLE Lupus & Discoid Lupus or have TENS or Steven Johnson Syndrom Have advice?
    I have been living with 2 types of Lupus SLE & Discoid for 13yrs. I recently have had an external rash for about 4 months now & was hospitalized for it in March from the severity of the pain & scabbing issues. 3 Dr.”s are saying its Stevens Johnson Syndrome others are saying could be TENS. My Rheumo Dr. doesn’t know & 1 Dermo Dr. said it’s my SLE Lupus. They discharged me just to keep an apt with a Dermatologist that took me 3 weeks to get into. I couldn’t take the pain or burning & suffering from this rash (as I have chronic pain & Fibromyalga on top of other Auto Immune Diseases) on every inch of my body, ears, mouth, nose, eye lids, scalp, loss of hair, bottom of feet throbbing & blistering, palms of hands, arms & finger tips & nail beds. I went to Dermo & because my insurance doesn’t pay much he wouldn’t even look at me, said it was the SLE Lupus, Told him Infectious Disease Dr. & other attending Dr.’s need him to do a skin scrape & skin Biopsy & he wouldn’t even listen to me or acknowledge me. Just said its your Lupus let your Rheumotologist deal with it. This was in March. The scabbing went away but now with my anxiety & any stress it’s causing the Rash to come back in full force leaving me in extreme pain, on 80mg Prednisone daily until I can see a new Dermatologist to get this Biopsy done. They thought it may have been caused by an allergic reaction to one of my Medications, but have not been diagnosed yet. I am back @ square 1 waiting for apt but I cant take the pain & skin feeling it’s on fire & the scabbing. Can Anyone help me with this? Blood work showed that my ANA was 1/1,280 any advice?
    I am waiting on Healthcare Authorization to see new Dermotologist but feel I am going to end up back in the ER before I get the Authorization to go. I have about 4 different DR”S waiting on this Biopsy and cant get the proper treatment until the get results back.

  29. Dani J says:

    What could be causing this pain in my abdomen?
    For the past few weeks I have been having pain in my stomach, it gets worse when I have a empty stomach and seems to go away right after I eat. I have also been having a sharp stabbing pain below my right ribs. It is made worse by movement. its not my appendix cuz that was removed, i am 23, not very active (lupus) I drink a lot of water. I am on steroids and pain medication.
    oh it can not be from a kidney because i do not have a right kidney, and the pain gets so bad under my ribs that it has stopped me in my tracks and i could not stand up straight.

    • Dr.Snowboard says:

      It sounds like it could be an ulcer :(
      Your stomach is located on the left side of your abdominal cavity but internal pain can radiate to odd locations.
      This can be caused by many things. Some steroids are known to cause Peptic ulcers and so can pain medications. Heavy drinking and irregular diet can also be the cause.
      Also, pain tends to subside after eating but can return if the ulcer is severe. Ulcers can also occur in your small intestine typically near the stomach.

      I recommend going to a doctor if pain persists or becomes worse.

  30. Akiun says:

    What’s wrong with me? Doctor doesn’t know. Anyone with medical knowledge help?
    I am a 19 year old female, 5′ 11″, 224lbs.

    Medications I’m on:
    0.250 mg/0.035(?) Sprintec a day(for birth control) (Been on them for over 4 months)
    300MG Lamotrigine a day(Mood stabilizer for Bipolar Disorder) (Been on them for over 6 months)
    300MG Seroquel(Anti-Psychotic for Bipolar Disorder) (Been on them for about 3 months)
    50MCG Levothyroxin(for Hypothyroidism) (Been on them for over 2 years)

    Main symptoms:
    Easy bruising/Thin blood (Doctor says I have low platelets, but she doesn’t think it’s causing it.)
    Hair loss (it’s the worst part, I have bald spots along my hairline)

    Minor symptoms/possibly related:
    Mouth sores (like little infections that won’t go away.)
    I sleep more than most people, on average 11 hours a night, lately 9 hours a night, but it makes me tired throughout the day.

    Tests already performed by my doctor:
    Lamotrigine levels, Normal
    Hepatic Function Panel, Normal
    CBC With Diff, Normal
    Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate, Normal
    Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Normal
    EBV Early Antigen IgG, Normal
    EBV Anti VCA IgM, Normal
    EBV Anti VCA IgG, NOT Normal
    EBV Nuclear IgG Screen, NOT Normal
    Testosterone, Female/Children, Normal
    (So, I have had Mononucleosis, but I guess the tests say I don’t have it currently.)

    I’m kind of curious about Lupus, but I don’t know if the tests already checked for that? I don’t know much about this medical stuff, I just mainly want to stop going bald. So does anyone know what could be causing this? Should I have my Doctor do more tests? If so, which tests?

    • John de Witt says:

      The appearance and feel of the bald spots, and the appearance and location of the mouth ulcers, are important clues that your doctor is in the best position to know about. Guessing, or doing a bunch of blood tests, isn’t at all likely to be of much use. How about trusting your doctor to do his job? I know it’s an odd concept these days, but it’s still by far the most likely route to success.

  31. Akiun says:

    What’s wrong with me? Doctor doesn’t know. Anyone with medical knowledge help?
    I am a 19 year old female, 5′ 11″, 224lbs.

    Medications I’m on:
    0.250 mg/0.035(?) Sprintec a day(for birth control) (Been on them for over 4 months)
    300MG Lamotrigine a day(Mood stabilizer for Bipolar Disorder) (Been on them for over 6 months)
    300MG Seroquel(Anti-Psychotic for Bipolar Disorder) (Been on them for about 3 months)
    50MCG Levothyroxin(for Hypothyroidism) (Been on them for over 2 years)

    Main symptoms:
    Easy bruising/Thin blood (Doctor says I have low platelets, but she doesn’t think it’s causing it.)
    Hair loss (it’s the worst part, I have bald spots along my hairline)

    Minor symptoms/possibly related:
    Mouth sores (like little infections that won’t go away.)
    I sleep more than most people, on average 11 hours a night, lately 9 hours a night, but it makes me tired throughout the day.

    Tests already performed by my doctor:
    Lamotrigine levels, Normal
    Hepatic Function Panel, Normal
    CBC With Diff, Normal
    Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate, Normal
    Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Normal
    EBV Early Antigen IgG, Normal
    EBV Anti VCA IgM, Normal
    EBV Anti VCA IgG, NOT Normal
    EBV Nuclear IgG Screen, NOT Normal
    Testosterone, Female/Children, Normal
    (So, I have had Mononucleosis, but I guess the tests say I don’t have it currently.)

    I’m kind of curious about Lupus, but I don’t know if the tests already checked for that? I don’t know much about this medical stuff, I just mainly want to stop going bald. So does anyone know what could be causing this? Should I have my Doctor do more tests? If so, which tests?
    Hey, doesn’t hurt to ask. Maybe some one on hear is a doctor or something?

  32. Phil Collins says:

    Itchy rash around eyes, mouth, armpits, inner thighs, and nipples with unknown cause?
    I have had a very red, itchy rash in various parts of my body for a month and a half, supposedly caused by an allergic reaction. The rash is around my eyes (upper and lower eyelids, extending to the brow ridge), around my mouth, under my left armpit, on my inner thighs, and on my left nipple. The rash is very red and has clearly defined borders. Sometimes the rash on my eyes is so swollen, I am unable to see and cannot drive to work. The rash around my mouth makes it so that when I open my mouth wide enough (to eat a sandwich or burger), the corners split open and bleed. I have been to 4 different allergists, and 2 different dermatologists, and nothing has been figured out other than that it is contact dermatitis. I have been on three rounds of prednisone, which eliminate the rash completely (but have very nasty side effects), have tried cortisone cream (did not work), and various other prescription-strength anti-itch cream (did not work). I have been on hydroxyzine, a prescription-strength antihistamine (did not work). I have eliminated all possible allergens that come into the contact with my body. I have stopped using deoderent, I switched to baby shampoo, I stopped using shaving cream, I switched to cetaphil (unsecented, hypoallergenic) body wash, and I have stopped using sunscreen. I stopped using fabric softener, I use ivory flakes laundry detergent, and have switched my bedding. I have even stayed at a different house for a week to see if the allergen was where I was living and the rash still got worse. I was blood-tested for various auto-immune diseases like lupus and the results came out negative. It seems like my doctors have all given up and want to put me on prednisone for the rest of my life to mask the symptoms but not try to figure out the problem.

    Can someone offer some help? What should I do? I will pay you if you give me advice that turns out to be helpful / finds the cause. Also, please give me the names of very powerful antihistamines (perhaps experimental ones that need test subjects) or any kind of medication that is being used to treat rashes. I would prefer non-steroidal ones. I hate the side effects of prednisone and related medications.

    Thank you.
    I have tried benadryl – it does not work, but I am thinking it doesn’t work because of the permanence of the rash. The rash itself is very red and inflamed, and I would doubt that any single dose of anything would make it go away. I noticed that with the prednisone, the itchiness went away immediately, but the rash itself did not dry up and go away until after a few days. Also note that the rash oozes clear fluids and fills with pus occasionally, especially around the eyes.
    Apparently the blood test was comprehensive and tested for syphilis, which came out negative. I have seeked professional help (which is strange because usually one would seek professional help AFTER yahoo answers), but my doctors have disappointed me. No progress has been made in terms of finding out what is causing the rash, and I am sick of wasting my time and money seeing doctors who just prescribe prednisone and tell me to wait it out. It has been a month and a half and the rash is NOT clearing up at all.

  33. Phil Collins says:

    Itchy rash around eyes, mouth, armpits, inner thighs, and nipples with unknown cause?
    I have had a very red, itchy rash in various parts of my body for a month and a half, supposedly caused by an allergic reaction. The rash is around my eyes (upper and lower eyelids, extending to the brow ridge), around my mouth, under my left armpit, on my inner thighs, and on my left nipple. The rash is very red and has clearly defined borders. Sometimes the rash on my eyes is so swollen, I am unable to see and cannot drive to work. The rash around my mouth makes it so that when I open my mouth wide enough (to eat a sandwich or burger), the corners split open and bleed. I have been to 4 different allergists, and 2 different dermatologists, and nothing has been figured out other than that it is contact dermatitis. I have been on three rounds of prednisone, which eliminate the rash completely (but have very nasty side effects), have tried cortisone cream (did not work), and various other prescription-strength anti-itch cream (did not work). I have been on hydroxyzine, a prescription-strength antihistamine (did not work). I have eliminated all possible allergens that come into the contact with my body. I have stopped using deoderent, I switched to baby shampoo, I stopped using shaving cream, I switched to cetaphil (unsecented, hypoallergenic) body wash, and I have stopped using sunscreen. I stopped using fabric softener, I use ivory flakes laundry detergent, and have switched my bedding. I have even stayed at a different house for a week to see if the allergen was where I was living and the rash still got worse. I was blood-tested for various auto-immune diseases like lupus and the results came out negative. It seems like my doctors have all given up and want to put me on prednisone for the rest of my life to mask the symptoms but not try to figure out the problem.

    Can someone offer some help? What should I do? I will pay you if you give me advice that turns out to be helpful / finds the cause. Also, please give me the names of very powerful antihistamines (perhaps experimental ones that need test subjects) or any kind of medication that is being used to treat rashes. I would prefer non-steroidal ones. I hate the side effects of prednisone and related medications.

    Thank you.
    Thank you for your prayer. I don’t know if it will help, but if it does, I will let you know.

    • Dr.A Srivastava says:

      Hello,

      It looks like you have chronic hives and contact dermatitis. It is defined as urticaria that persists for longer than 6 weeks. In most of the cases of chronic urticaria, the underlying pathology is idiopathic i.e it is not linked to any cause. It is essential to rule out the presence of serious illnesses of which recurring hives can be a symptom. Examples are hepatitis, hyperthyroidism, lymphomas, collagen vascular diseases, and cancers of the rectum, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract.

      I feel that you should find out the cause of your chronic urticaria from an allergist by ruling out the various conditions causing it.

  34. Dance-a-Holic says:

    I need help editing my research paper. I’m really bad at papers…..please help!?
    Well, its on lupus. I have the intro and two body paragraphs, and I still need to do the conclusion. So, I was wondering what I should change on my paper, and what I need to add..? I also have to do a powerpoint based on the paper, that should last a minimum of 5 minutes up to 15.

    The reason why I chose this topic was because my dad has lupus, and I wanted to know more about the topic. He was diagnosed with lupus when he was about fourteen years old. He still receives treatment for it by going in for blood tests and taking medication He has the most common form of lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), in which causes the antibodies to react against his own normal tissue. He has arthritis and joint problems, but nothings wrong with his internal organs. To support my dad and other lupus survivors, my family and I all go to the lupus walk in honor of remembering the people who had lupus that died. The things the audience can expect to read in this paper are the different types of lupus, the symptoms, the treatment and cures.
    Lupus is the result of an unbalanced immune system that can be destructive to any organ in the body. It can be categorized into three groups: discoid lupus Erythematosus, systemic lupus Erythematosus, and drug-induced systemic lupus Erythematosus. DLE is always limited to the skin and is identified by a rash that may appear on the face, neck, and scalp. It can evolve into the systemic form, which can affect any organ or system of the body. Systemic lupus Erythematosus is more severe than discoid lupus and can affect almost any organ or organ system of the body. No two people with SLE will have identical symptoms. Drug-induced systemic Lupus Erythematosus occurs after the use of certain prescribed drugs. It is more common in men, because the drugs are given to them more often.
    Lupus is hard to diagnose because it has a wide range of symptoms involving various parts of the body; and symptoms differ from each person. Most people develop painful joints and a rash, but lupus may also cause fatigue, depressions, and kidney problems. The treatment of lupus varies from person to person because each person has different symptoms. Most people with SLE require a regular blood test to check for lupus flares. Medication is the primary medical treatment for lupus. Presently, there are no other methods available to treat lupus because there is nothing else that can have the necessary impact on the immune system. Currently, there is no cure for lupus, but with early diagnosis and proper medical treatment it can significantly help control the disease.

    thanks. it would be much appreciated!!!!

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