Congestive heart disease occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to satisfy the bodies need for oxygen. The causes of congestive heart disease fall under four major categories: a weakening of the heart muscle, diseases such as atherosclerosis that reduce blood flow to the heart, diseases that cause the heart muscle to become less flexible, or disease that increase oxygen demand by the body tissue beyond the capability of the heart to deliver. We will not go into each one of these at length rather opting to attack this complicated subject from a slightly broader point of view due to time constraints.

As with many condition involving the heart and arteries congestive heart disease tends to start slow and only produce subtle symptoms that may go unnoticed, or be so subtle that they are ignored. One important point to consider with congestive heart disease is that the heart naturally weakens with age losing half of its pumping capacity by the time a person reaches the age of 80. So the combination of a naturally weakening heart combined with the with the potential for other age related health problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure can create a dangerous mixture of conditions which ultimately could lead to congestive heart disease.

This condition can impact the left side of the heart which is responsible for pumping blood into the body; the right side of the heart which pumps blood into the lungs; or in some instances both sides. Usually the disease begin in the left side of the heart first, and then over times advances to the right side. Left sided congestive heart disease symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, labored breathing, and sometimes lung congestion. If the disease is concentrated in the right side fluid buildup in the veins and swelling in the feet and legs is often seen.

As the heart tries to compensate a number of changes may start to occur in the body. According to American Medical Association here is what you can expect if this condition goes untreated or progresses despite treatment.

First, the walls of the heart muscle may thicken and then enlarge as the heart dilates in an attempt to increase its pumping capacity. The heartbeat may become abnormally fast, again in an attempt to increasing the pumping volume of the heart. The ventricles (lower chambers) may lose their ability to pump from being continually overwork. In response to reduced output of the heart, the kidneys may retain water and salt, worsening fluid buildup, and potentially leading to kidney failure.

Once the causes of congestive heart disease have been identified what lifestyle modification may be suggested by my doctor?

There is a long list of possible suggestions your doctor may put forward as a part of a bigger treatment plan. Let’s look at a nine of these.

They are quitting smoking and/or avoiding second hand smoke, reducing alcohol consumption or limited it to one glass of red wine with dinner, reducing salt intake to 2 grams or less per day, keeping body weight in a healthy range, eating a diet low in saturated fat, limiting total fat consumption to under 25 percent of total calories, avoiding excess fluid intake, resting regularly during the day, and a carefully thought out exercise program put together with your doctor’s help.

What else? Along with these nine steps a prescription diuretic may be prescribed. Doctors specializing in naturopathic medicine may suggest a herbal diuretic and/or a natural cholesterol reduction supplement, along with the nine lifestyle modification techniques listed above.


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86 Comments on Lupus Disease Symptoms Causes

  1. jim4824 says:

    lupus; its cause, symptoms and treatment options?
    the disease of lupus; its cause, symptoms and treatment options?

    • Anama says:

      It is an autoimmune disease, and to explain it here would be silly when there are literally thousands of sites dedicated to lupus. There is a search engine on yahoo! ,please try using that.
      Suggestions:
      Lupus cdc
      Lupus foundations

  2. J says:

    Is cracking skin tissue on the feet a possible symptom of lupus? what could cause this?
    I don’t really wanna freak out, and I don’t think my mom has lupus (of course I have no way of knowing now), but she was stating that the skin tissue on the bottom of her feet was cracking and breaking, creating almost what are cuts all over her feet. She said she is concerned that if this is apparent in other tissue she may have lupus. What could cause something like this sort of reaction to skin tissue? Is cracking skin tissue a symptom of lupus? She has degenerative disc disease if that information is good for evaluation.

    • architeuthis666 says:

      Where on earth did she get the idea cracked feet could be caused by lupus? Cracked heels and feet are a very common problem–she just needs to see a good podiatrist. Symptoms of lupus are things like swelling, arthritis-like symptoms, fever and rashes, and fatigue.

  3. redbeauty says:

    Could I have the lupus disease?
    Can lupus cause a rash on your vagina lip,ex. red circle painless nor itchy rash on one vagina lip? I have rashes on my legs that are sorta similar to the rashes of lupus on the skin. That doesn’t itch either, n i read up on it and the site showed pics and that the rashes usually doesn’t itch and the are circle n so are mine. I have a daughter and I’m hoping and praying that she doesn’t develop any symptoms like this. I cry about this all the time cause idk what’s causing this or anything and i’m scared. So can lupus cause a lesion in the vagina area too? I have had a false positive for syphilis the vdrl and the rpr was reactive, but the tp-pa was non reactive n the dr at the clinical told me i don’t have it n so did my dr. Anyway they showed me numerous things that could’ve caused the false positive and lupus was on there and whateva is wrong with me is chronic, because that was also on the paper to and so was rhu. arthritis. All serious answers please n thanks n advance. (= I’m calling someone at the lupus clinic later on today and see what they can do for me since i doesn’t have insurance. Hope they can help!
    n i don’t have herpes either… don’t have all those big nasty looking sores in my private area and that was only one time with the thing in the viginal area. N herpes ITCH… DUMB ASS… Know someone who have it.

  4. MJ H says:

    Do you know someone with Systemic Lupus?
    Lupus is an auto-immune disease that causes inflammation throughout the body. Your own immune system attacks your internal organs such as kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, and central nervous system. It also attacks your joints causing arthritis like pain. Other symptoms include butterfly shaped rash covering the cheeks and nose, hair loss, extreme fatigue, anemia or blood clotting issues, pleurisy, and ulceration in the nose and mouth.

  5. Pittlover says:

    Anyone have or had Lyme disease?
    Ive been in and out of the doctors for the last two years with extreme fatigue, tiredness and trouble sleeping. She tested me for all sorts of things to no avail! I went in again last tuesday for more tests because she thought I might have lupus, another symptom ive been having is multiple miscarriages which lupus can cause all of the above symptoms. And she also tested for lyme disease. Well no lupus thank god but I do have lyme disease. My questions are can lyme disease cause miscarriages? And also, once im done these antibiotics will all this tiredness and fatuige go away for good? Will these antibiotics finally make me feel better once the lyme is gone? Any info on lyme disease is greatly appriciated…your stories and symptoms and treaments and if it worked!!!! I hope now that ive found out whats causing it, ill feel like normal again!!!!!!!!

  6. Mandy Cakes says:

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

    Kisses
    Mandi

    (Title page not included)

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

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

    • mgunnycappo says:

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

  7. CassandraM says:

    Anyone with lupus or shogun’s disease with advice?
    I just learned my best friend has been diagnosed with these diseases. She is having the butterfly rash, joint pain, weakness, and shortness of breath on exertion. This all seems to have come about so suddenly. She’s still young (39), although I understand that’s a typical age for such diseases to appear.

    Initially she was only having the rash sometimes when she got in the sun….suddenly everything started changing.

    Since doctors are more geared to suppressing symptoms once they occur, rather than identifying the cause or preventing outbreaks, I wondered if anyone has some good advice about diet, sunscreen, or anything which might help her manage this a little better?

    I’ve read that artificial sweeteners can mimic or magnify diseases like this, but that’s about all I know so far. Any help or advice appreciated!

    • barbed wire zen says:

      support for your friend will be needed the most! helping her with little things so she doesn’t get fatigue. lupus is tricky. flares can come on suddenly and cause joint pain and fatigue.

      the diet question has many opinions as related to lupus.
      (i have had sucess with avoiding certain foods and creating a balanced diet for me that seems to help with flares but this is not true of others.)
      depending on the kind of lupus your friend has, diet, as in eating healthy and avoiding junk,is always good.
      if lupus is affecting her organs she will need to watch diet closely and tailor the diet for maximum health of the organ affected.(.if her kidneys are involved -low sodium..) medication can have side affects that diet may need to be changed as well.but a doctor will be able to tell her if she needs low sodium or low carbs etc..

      most sun sensitive lupus suffers use 40+ sunscreen and have to cover up as well.

      low impact or stretching exercises help..yoga or classes in water aerobics can reduce pain and help to keep muscles flexible.

      there are many on line groups which can help with advice and links concerning your friend’s diseases.

      knowledge is power.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Can someone thoroughly explain lupus symptoms?
    My doctor said I could have an autoimmune disease. I think most of the symptoms are in my head. They said this because they couldn’t find out what’s causing my chest pain and shortness of breath. maybe 3 days later, I started getting severe back pains, and minor pains in my arms and legs. I also don’t understand what they mean by fatigue. I’m tired some times but most of the time I’m up joking and laughing. My back pains are fine in the morning but starts to occur as it gets closer to night. I really need help because it’s driving me crazy doing research and just thinking about it. Plus I won’t know my lab results until 2 weeks from now

    • Linda R says:

      First, autoimmune diseases often come in overlap, meaning it you have one you probably have more than one.

      With lupus, symptoms vary widely from patient to patient. 90-95% of us have joint pain and inflammation at some point. Many have pain when they take a deep breath. Most of us have times of extreme fatigue which means you are so tired you can barely take care of yourself. There are others, but they are not the most common.

      Your symptoms could be caused by a variety of different diseases or conditions. Lupus is not easy to diagnose. There is no single labtest for it. Work with your doctor until you find out what is causing you to feel so bad. Don’t give up. It may take some time.

  9. samantha says:

    been very ill- could i have lupus?
    for the last year ive been really sick. ive had numerous test done and been put on a hole mess load of medications. but nothing seems to help and im just getting worse. im in constant pain and cant hardly eat. my entire stomach hurts and my food doesnt digest and i have no bowel movements. it hurts to empty my bladder and my lower back feels like its breaking. mostly i get pains under my ribs and on my sides. but i also get shooting pains every where at different times.

    well ive been doing a lot of research on my own because my doctors cant seem to find out whats wrong with me. and i came across lupus. all i know about it now is its an auto- immune disease and it can affect your organs and make you lose function of them. so i wondering if i could have it. i dont have a history of any gastric problems in my family except acid reflex but ive been tested for that.

    what are the symptoms of lupus? how do you test for lupus? how do you treat lupus?

    i just what to know as much as possible about lupus or any other illness that can cause my symptoms. if any one could give me some information i would really appreciate it!

    thank you

    -sam

  10. Asia ♥ says:

    Do you think I could have a poor circulation problem?
    I have developed “Raynaud’s phenomenon”
    But only my toes turn purple…not my fingers. And they don’t go from white to purple to red….just purple. My toes also “fall asleep” easily and tingle alot.

    My wounds dont heal well anymore. I get small cuts from my puppy and they take FOREVER to heal.. and if they do, it almost always scars regardless of size or depth.

    I also have an irregular heart beat, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, mild pain behind eyes, and dizziness…..but I’m not sure if they are all connected….and I’m not sure if poor circulation would cause these other symptoms…

    Anyways, I’ve been tested for almost everything….Lupus, Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Adrenal issues and the doctors can’t find out whats causing all of this.

    My doctors also never once mentioned poor circulation…they claim Raynaud’s is common and not usually caused by a disease..

    Why havent they mentioned circulation problems? Is that not considered a health issue, can they even fix it? And would poor circulation cause the other symptoms I mentioned?

    And is poor circulation caused by the heart? I’ve had a stress test and ultrasound done and both were normal

  11. Blue says:

    Should I get a second opinion, Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    I know this is long, but I really need some help. I really appreciate it!

    I’m 20 years old, and have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. My left shin, left wrist, and left TMJ joint in my jaw had been hurting for a couple of months. I thought that they were easily explainable: Jaw-I have a very bad overbite, Shin-isn’t even a joint, but I walk a lot over my college campus and could be shin splints, and wrist-I use the computer a lot, and started heavily playing video games after not playing in a very long time (only a week after that my wrist started hurting) I was gripping the controller pretty hard.

    Well, I went into my doctor, and my Mom convinced me to get a full blood panel done. I came back with a RF factor of 52. So I was referred to my Aunt’s Rheumatologist. He said that RA usually attacks all joints at once, and it is odd that it only is attacking three (only those specific ones, not moving around). He ran some more tests to make sure that my RF factor wasn’t caused by diseases like Lupus and such, and also the other tests to confirm if you have RA (I think ACPAs). My blood tests came back clean.

    Despite the clean blood tests, he knows my 50yr old Aunt has RA, so he says I probably have it. He said that RA takes time to show up, and wants to stop mine immediately from spreading. So, he put me on Methotrexate. A couple of days after going on the medicine, my jaw and shin started feeling better (which may mean it is working, but if this medicine takes time to build up in your system that may just be a coincidence too). This medicine has some very serious side effects. And, it’s starting to get intolerable for me, I feel nauseous all the time.

    Since starting it, I haven’t felt any pain (and I’m on what he called a low dose, 50 units on an insulin syringe- I can’t swallow pills, so I take it by injection). I thought RA attacked all joints, those joints were painful and stiff in the mornings, and such? I haven’t had any of that. My Mom was recently found to have a high RF factor too, but she doesn’t have any symptoms. This was both of our first time asking to be tested for a RF factor, so I don’t know if we have always had a high one, or if it is new.

    So my question is: Is it possible it was just a coincidence that I had those three joints hurt and a high RF factor? Or does it sound like I might really have Rheumatoid Arthritis? Should I get a second opinion?
    I should mention, I have been on Methotrexate for about two months now, and haven’t felt any joint pain or stiffness since those first two days of going on it.

    • 2/20/2009 says:

      I would get a second opinion on it because you are young for it. It typically begins between 25-55 years of age. Women are affected three times more often than men are though.

  12. Asia ♥ says:

    I think I have poor circulation problems……?
    I have developed “Raynaud’s phenomenon”
    But only my toes turn purple…not my fingers. And they don’t go from white to purple to red….just purple. My toes also “fall asleep” easily and tingle alot.

    My wounds dont heal well anymore. I get small cuts from my puppy and they take FOREVER to heal.. and if they do, it almost always scars regardless of size or depth.

    I also have an irregular heart beat, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, mild pain behind eyes, and dizziness…..but I’m not sure if they are all connected….and I’m not sure if poor circulation would cause these other symptoms…

    Anyways, I’ve been tested for almost everything….Lupus, Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Adrenal issues and the doctors can’t find out whats causing all of this.

    My doctors also never once mentioned poor circulation…they claim Raynaud’s is common and not usually caused by a disease..

    Why havent they mentioned circulation problems? Is that not considered a health issue, can they even fix it? And would poor circulation cause the other symptoms I mentioned?
    And is poor circulation caused by the heart? I’ve had a stress test and heart ultrasound done, both were normal.

    • Linda R says:

      Raynaud’s occurs when the nerves that control the dilation or expansion of small blood vessels “misfire” and tell those blood vessels to shut down. This can happen when the extremities are exposed to cool things or under stress.

      Poor circulation can have a number of causes: Raynaud’s, blocked blood vessels as in peripheral artery disease, low blood pressure and heart problems.

      You need to continue to insist that the doctor get to the bottom of your problems. If your current doctor won’t then get a new doctor. Keep copies of all your lab work. You have a right to them under the law. This is helpful when you are seeking a second opinion.

  13. Asia ♥ says:

    I think I may have circulation problems…….?
    I have developed “Raynaud’s phenomenon”
    But only my toes turn purple…not my fingers. And they don’t go from white to purple to red….just purple. My toes also “fall asleep” easily and tingle alot.

    My wounds dont heal well anymore. I get small cuts from my puppy and they take FOREVER to heal.. and if they do, it almost always scars regardless of size or depth.

    I also have an irregular heart beat, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, mild pain behind eyes, and dizziness…..but I’m not sure if they are all connected….and I’m not sure if poor circulation would cause these other symptoms…

    Anyways, I’ve been tested for almost everything….Lupus, Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Adrenal issues and the doctors can’t find out whats causing all of this.

    My doctors also never once mentioned poor circulation…they claim Raynaud’s is common and not usually caused by a disease..

    Why havent they mentioned circulation problems? Is that not considered a health issue, can they even fix it? And would poor circulation cause the other symptoms I mentioned?

    And is poor circulation caused by the heart? I’ve had a stress test and ultrasound done and both were normal

    • Pupp says:

      That is not raynauds.
      With raynauds, they just go white. I get it in my hands. and one foot. I got prescribed some blood thinners as I have low blood pressure anyway.

      Have you tried eating healthy food like fruit and vegetables which contain natural vitamins that your body needs to stay healthy, and drinking plenty of water.

      Sounds like you are a hypochondriac. Stop worrying about what is wrong and just eat well, drink lots and learn to enjoy yourself. Maybe exercise. It sorts out all these niggly aches and pains.
      Nobody tells you that when you hit 20 these aches and pains start to happen.

      Just live with it, rest enough.

  14. Frau says:

    Can someone explain the test for cardiolipin antibodies and what the numbers for IgG and IgM mean?
    Patient has a rosacea-like rash on her face – not butterfly-like rash as seen in lupus — but doctor insisted on testing for lupus. The IgG test came back at 14; everything else was normal, including IgM, ANA screen and Lupus ACL. . Doctor informed patient she should see a rheumatologist because there was a good chance she has a disease that causes miscarriage, deep vein thrombosis and sudden stroke. Patient is age 23 and has no symptoms, is in excellent health.

    • Here_for_you says:

      So her doc is thinking she may have Antiphospholipid syndrome, right? So this disease is diagnosed by checking for anti-cardiolipin antibodies. Antibodies have 2 main types: IgG and IgM. Since her IgG is increased it may suggest a rheumatic disease, like Anti-phospholipid syndrome, or it could be a ton of other diseases, that’s why she should see a rheumathologist, s/he is more capable of making the diagnosis of a rheumatic or collagen disease. These include: Rheumatic arthitis, Sjorgen’s Syndrome, Lupus (many types, not all of them ANAS +), and so son.

  15. ϟ Inquisitor and general ugh! behind the far gates says:

    could i have any muscle wasting disease or disuse atrophy?
    some on this site so far suggested it could be : muscle atrophy , disuse atrophy, or lupus erythematosus.

    i found this out about disuse atrophy :

    disuse atrophy

    atrophy of local musculature due to failure to use a part of the body, due usually to pain. Is separate from neurogenic atrophy when nerve damage causes atrophy from both disuse and denervation.

    this has got me freaked out because i have had thorough bloodtests in the recent past which all cam back ok.

    for many many years ive always had a set of symptoms that i have always worried what it could be, ive had blood tests and urine tests done at my gps that came back clear…and i have an anxiety disorder, so im constantly wondering what it is.

    my doctors and other gps of the past have said its probably due to lack of excercise, being overweight and long periods of inactivity, and my anxiety condition.

    im 31 now and have been inactive for a long time because of severe anxiety and agoraphobia, ive become reclusive to. – i have various psychological problems including with aggression , personality disorders , and symptoms of anxiety disorders – which im pursuing a seperate assesment for, im presentley ‘ undiagnosed ‘ with any anxiety disorder.

    the symptoms ive been worried about for years are : aching, tired joints and muscles whenever i do mild excersion….aching arms, hands if i type a keyboard to vigorously….aching shoulders…lower back.
    weak , tired aching joints and muscles, – without any inflamation.

    like i say ive had blood tests done, urine test which came back all clear and negative.

    the doctor said these symptoms mean lack of excercise, long periods of inactivity and didn’t seem particularly concerned.

    i can remember having these set of symptoms at 16, im now 31.

    just to note, i have a slight lower curvature of the spine which the doctor said is nothing to worry for. i was probably born with it.

    so am i worrying about nothing with these aching, weak joints and muscles in my arms, shoulders, hands etc ? is the doctor right ?

    would i know if i had a muscle wasting disease ?

    thankyou

    • purple says:

      You do not have muscle wasting disease. Being sedentary does not give you the type of muscle wasting associated with serious diseases or nerve injuries. Our muscles get a little “soft” when we don’t use them. You should not worry, but you should see a psychiatrist so you can get help with your anxiety.

  16. e_long21 says:

    Has anyone been diagnosed with Lupus or misdiagnosed?
    Ok, so here’s my problem. Last April I had kidney failure and the doctors could not find the problem that was causing it. They finally came to the conclusion that I had Lupus. First, he was going to do a kidney biopsy to test for it, but said it was not necessary because he was 99.9% sure. Now, I’ve been researching this disease and from what I’ve read, Lupus is hard to diagnose. I’ve finally decided to get a second opinion, because frankly I’m tired of taking all of these pills everyday, and if I don’t need them, why take them. I do not have any of the symptoms of Lupus, and the ones that I did have (swelling, fatigue, protein and blood in urine) can also be associated with kidney failure. Anyone have any experience in this??? I am going on the 22nd for more test from another doctor, but was just curious as to what I can expect, because I ask questions at my doctor and they brush them off because he is so called 99.9% sure (well I’m not buying it anymore). Any input will help. Thanks

    • YesImAnR.N. says:

      You’re right – it IS hard to diagnose.

      Definitely go for the second opinion. See a rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in auto-immune disorders.

      And if it’s negative for lupus – go see a nephrologist (kidney specialist) to find out what’s going on with your kidneys.

  17. Holly says:

    What could be causing my hives?
    For the past four years my entire body has been covered with hives along with “knots” in my hands, feet, and face that come with a burning, deep itchy sensation. At times my feet will swell to three times their normal size; this is different from the knots that appear in that when my entire foot swells it is extremely tender rather than itchy, to the point of being unable to walk. The severity of this situation varies in severity but has never completely ceased in four years. I am a 21 year old female in great health aside from the hives and swelling. I have seen 27 different doctors in the past four years in hopes of finding a solution; or at the very least, a cause. I have undergone all standard allergy testing, the allergy patch test, a skin biopsy; as well as eliminating foods and soaps, etc. from my lifestyle one thing at a time hoping that it was simply an undiscovered allergy. I have gone through multiple sets of blood work, ultrasounds, fluid samples and exen xrays testing for most major diseases and cancers with similar symptoms; lupus, thyroid, heart disease, etc., I have also been told that it is not gout or anything of that nature.
    I am in constant discomfort and am desperately searching for an answer.

    • Toxic says:

      I am not sure what could be causing it but, If your situation has lasted that long its probably something your always around or always eating.

  18. Holly says:

    What can cause severe hives and swelling?
    For the past four years my entire body has been covered with hives along with “knots” in my hands, feet, and face that come with a burning, deep itchy sensation. At times my feet will swell to three times their normal size; this is different from the knots that appear in that when my entire foot swells it is extremely tender rather than itchy, to the point of being unable to walk. The severity of this situation varies in severity but has never completely ceased in four years. I am a 21 year old female in great health aside from the hives and swelling. I have seen 27 different doctors in the past four years in hopes of finding a solution; or at the very least, a cause. I have undergone all standard allergy testing, the allergy patch test, a skin biopsy; as well as eliminating foods and soaps, etc. from my lifestyle one thing at a time hoping that it was simply an undiscovered allergy. I have gone through multiple sets of blood work, ultrasounds, fluid samples and exen xrays testing for most major diseases and cancers with similar symptoms; lupus, thyroid, heart disease, etc., I have also been told that it is not gout or anything of that nature.
    I am in constant discomfort and am desperately searching for an answer.

    • tom m says:

      what hospitals have you been to?
      try calling Loma Linda, California hospital it is a University hospital! thy are great at finding out problems out. like this one!!

  19. Holly says:

    What could be the cause of severe hives and swelling?
    For the past four years my entire body has been covered with hives along with “knots” in my hands, feet, and face that come with a burning, deep itchy sensation. At times my feet will swell to three times their normal size; this is different from the knots that appear in that when my entire foot swells it is extremely tender rather than itchy, to the point of being unable to walk. The severity of this situation varies in severity but has never completely ceased in four years. I am a 21 year old female in great health aside from the hives and swelling. I have seen 27 different doctors in the past four years in hopes of finding a solution; or at the very least, a cause. I have undergone all standard allergy testing, the allergy patch test, a skin biopsy; as well as eliminating foods and soaps, etc. from my lifestyle one thing at a time hoping that it was simply an undiscovered allergy. I have gone through multiple sets of blood work, ultrasounds, fluid samples and exen xrays testing for most major diseases and cancers with similar symptoms; lupus, thyroid, heart disease, etc., I have also been told that it is not gout or anything of that nature.
    I am in constant discomfort and am desperately searching for an answer.

  20. Asia ♥ says:

    What diseases cause Raynaud’s phenomenon (Purple toes)?
    I’ve been sick for many years with no diagnoses.
    I’ve been tested for Lupus, Thyroid issues, Celiac, Diabetes, Anemia etc.

    All my doctor has found is:
    Gallbladder polyp, ovarian cyst, IBS, Raynaud’s (purple toes), high testosterone, and low-normal iron levels, irregular heart beat.

    My symptoms are:
    Shortness of breath, severe fatigue, dizziness, purple toes, poor healing, chronic runny nose, chronic itchy skin, nausea.

    I was thinking maybe that main thing that may help narrow down options is Raynaud’s….because that is my strangest symptom…everything else is quite common.

    Does anyone know what disease cause Raynaud’s?

    Thank you!

    • Angelbunny17 says:

      Hello. A disease doesn’t cause Raynaud’s, it’s just something that you get. I’ve had it for years. I had nothing else wrong with me at the time i got it, i just got it. I have since developed Thyroid disease, but my doctor told me that the two things are not connected. It’s interesting that i have the same symptoms that you listed. I don’t think Raynaud’s causes these symptoms. If you research it, it’s only suppose to cause the areas affected to turn purple, plus you can have pain, and poor circulation ( i have all of that ). I think your other symptoms might be from something else. I would get a second opinion if i were you. I went to a lot of doctors before i finally found one that diagnosed me with Raynaud’s. The other doctors didn’t seem to have a clue what was wrong with me. Sometimes you need to go to more then one doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Good luck, and Take care :-)

  21. aheartforart says:

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

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

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

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

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

  22. J R says:

    Does it bother you that the “newest HIV vaccine” officially only gives you a 33.3% protection rate?
    According to our local news I thought I had heard it wrong until I heard it on three different networks, more or less saying “But you still have to use protection because it only protects from about a third of strains, 2 out of 3 participants in the Thailand experiment still contracted HIV”

    My Polio vaccine doesn’t have a 67% failure rate I don’t think. Neither did my Measles Mumps Rubella vaccine. In fact I don’t think the smallpox vaccine had that rate of failure.

    So swine flu can be done in a couple months… but HIV vaccine takes 30 years and counting with a 67% failure rate?

    As someone who worked in microbiology with someone in vaccine research, this boggles my mind.

    Vaccines need specific RNA, right? First I hear the mutation theory “It mutates so fast the strains keep changing” But if that were the case, why do the symptoms stay the same for 30 years? Isn’t mutation what makes one virus cause a runny nose, and another cause vomiting, and another make your skin turn a certain color, or another mutation make it only affect birds etc? So with all the mutations, 30 years later it still affects the same primary groups, drug users, homosexual males, and Africans AND happens to have the exact same symptoms. How can an STD remain in the same subgroups so consistently for 30 years? Why are female prostitutes not one of these subgroups? (They are for every other STD)?

    In evolutionary science, doesn’t this whole thing defy logic? Will there ever be a useful vaccine, or in 30 or 60 more years will we still be at the same point we are today? Did anyone bother to ask, is this even a virus? Who ruled AIDS out of being an autoimmune disease like lupus, or related to toxicities preventing the formation of certain integral cells, or a result of exposure to higher amounts of certain environmental chemicals or substances? In either case, you’d never be able to make a real vaccine, Just wondering……..Because even my grandmother (who is NOT a skeptic!, and not a scientist) heard the news and said basically “What do they think we are, stupid?”

    Also what about the people with “Idiopathic CD4+ lymphocytopenia” also known as “HIV negative AIDS” The Center for Disease Control counts them to. If they are HIV negative, and everyone agrees that they have no virus in their system, how do we prevent “HIV negative AIDS” (since no virus = no vaccine) And since no virus is involved, is THAT type of AIDS contagious too? What causes AIDS then?

    * If we could eliminate all the HIV positive AIDS cases with a perfect vaccine someday, we would still have all the HIV negative AIDS cases, with those people still existing, how could we ever fully eradicate “AIDS”? (since “Idiopathic CD4+ lymphocytopenia” is NOT viral?)

    Does this disturb anyone? Or is it just progress, and I am simply pessimistic?
    Pessimistic I’ll take :), but ignorant?, sigh “essentiallysolo” Polio Vaccine took only 14 years not 60, It was completed in 1950, and started with mid to late 1930′s technology. We now have Electron Microscopes and have the ability to individualy analyse the human genome, as well as complete and specific RNA particles

    You mention mutations, but still forget to explain how this rapidly mutating virus stays the same, while a bird flu just needs one simple mutation to affect swine, and a another quick one to affect humans. I don’t think its so ignorant to ask why a small combination of RNA particles can mutate so often for decades and retain ANY viral resemblance, or similar effect. Feel free to elaborate your mutation theory, so I can better understand. You may lean another way on this, but nonetheless, I believe my question is still scientifically valid, tho controversial.

  23. The Mommy Delivered says:

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

    ——————————————————————————–

    If anyone has any ideas PLEASE help??

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

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

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

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

    Chief Complaints and symptoms at this time:

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

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

    thank you in advance

  24. The Mommy Delivered says:

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

    ————————————–…

    If anyone has any ideas PLEASE help??

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

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

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

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

    Chief Complaints and symptoms at this time:

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

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

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

    • Alex says:

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

  25. Lauren says:

    Would a normal cbc rule out type 2 diabetes? Symptoms similar to Fibro/rheumatoid issues?
    I am a 33 year old female, and I have had progressive symptoms ever since a miscarriage a few months ago. The symptoms started as muscle pain and headaches, progressed to mirgraines, hunger w/ weight loss, swelling of right wrist/hand, blurred vision, left eyelid twitch, tingling/buzzing feeling in legs & feet (has gotten better), dizziness/”out of it” feeling, pain on side of throat (ultrasound showed a “mildly enlarged” thyroid, but Endocronologist said its not “large enough” to be causing issues, feeling of someone choking me/lump in throat, and now a slight tremor (gets worse when using hands/arms, and better at rest). Got a CBC and other tests (Lyme’s, Lupus), all normal- was sent to a rheumatolgist. I am waiting for a batch of test results, including rheumatoid factor, mercury poisoning, celiac disease, vitamin d deficiency, etc… She is telling me a lot of this sound neurological, so that is my next move- and I am terrified! The tremor scares me to death, thinking of Parkinsons/MS- but I am reading that tremors w/ those diseases usually are worse at rest, and get better w/ movement- mine are the opposite. Anyway, I just remembered that my grandfather has type 2 diabetes, and I’m wondering if that is hereditary, and if that would be ruled out by the standard CBC and other tests that were already done.
    If anyone knows, I would greatly appreciate the help. I would also welcome any input regarding what might be going on w/ me. They are suspecting Fibromyalgia- but would that cause blurred vision & tremor? Thanks in advance for any help, as I am waiting for my results & my next doctor’s appointment.

  26. kaeylarae says:

    Coeliac Disease? Systematic Erythromatus Lupus?
    Ok. I have Coeliac or Celiac Disease. I was wondering if anyone out there can help me. I know in some cases SLE can be associated with this. I tick a good few of the boxes with SLE symptoms IE, Rashes that wont go away.On my arms but especially purplish spots on my legs that dont go away when pressed.Also Joint pain in bones and and swelling,depression,severe weight loss,muscle loss..Severe unknown cause of Anaemia requiring regular blood transfusions.I haven’t had a period since i was 32 as I had an Hysterectomy.I have had checks done to see if I am bleeding internally but these were negetive.Seizures and blackouts.poor memory..Just to name a few. My doctor does suspect I have SLE but I haven’t had more intensive tests done as yet. Can anyone tell me a bit more about the possible link between the 2 diseases and also as I am seeing my doctor this Friday.Should I bring the matter up again?. I hate being ill. I just want to know what is happening to me. I have been ill since I was 29 and I am now 38.I lost 7 stone (yes I was hugely overweight) but this was done without dieting.The weight has just fallen off me.I am tired all the time.I don’t sleep well due to the pain I am in and also have Scoliosis of my upper spine.Any info would be of great help.Many Thanks in advance

    • Ginny Jin says:

      You definitely have an autoimmune problem. The rashes and blackouts are more suggestive of Lupus. But you can have 2 illnesses at the same time. My opinion is that you have an extremely comprised immune system caused by one of the following – environment (poor living conditions), stress, travel, bad sleep pattern, or excess use of alcohol/caffeine/soda.You no doubt have a wheat/diary intolerance. Cut those. Take magnesium for nerve function. Try pilates.

  27. barbara g says:

    symptoms of what?
    ok. i have large blood cells,blood in my urine( kidneystones to be taken out next week), joint pain and abdominal pain. Ihave had liver issues in the pastbut now i am ok,i have fatigue and leg and foot cramps……….any ideas? no sensitivity to light or rash so i dont think it i lupus but i am unsure I just need to know if anyone knows of a disease that would cause all of these symptoms

  28. ladyhella2000 says:

    Please help me, my body is burning in the inside?
    I am suffering from symptoms, that are causing me great pain. my symptoms are: burning in my hands and feet, my legs, and arms. Numbness in fingers, stiffness in hands, difficulty walking, ripping feeling in hands. This has been going on for a month. I know what it is NOT: reflex sympathetic dystrophy, diabetes, lupus, lyme disease, anxiety,depression, the doctors do not think it is autoimmune, inflamatory,or something wrong with the nervous system. the rheumatologist believes told me it is due to stress and basically without actually saying the words, told me i was going crazy. i know my body and i do not believe it is RSD. please if these symptoms sound familiar and aren’t i mention please tell me. I just turn 17, and i have miss a month of school. this is very diabilating. I just want my normal life back. I am open to any ideas. thank you very much.

    • RSDmom says:

      My 13 year old got RSD last year and her symptoms are extreme pain, burning, and loss of use in the hands. The loss of use came from her protecting the affected areas that hurt. One year later and we are still fighting to regain a normal life for her. She is on daily medication the helps her tolerate the constant pain. She was missing so much school, that we were forced to homeschool. Now she hurts, AND has no social life. The RSD pain triggers migraines, it’s a vicious cycle. You are not crazy. Find another doctor. We found the best at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

  29. x x says:

    Lossing patches of hair, Secondary Syphilis, Lupus, RR?
    My boyfriend has been losing patches of his hair in different spots. Some very large and some small. He finally went to the doctors today, and the doctor says that he may either have secondary syphilis, which is a sexually transmitted disease that can hide for years before showing any symptoms, or Lupus, or even RR. All three of these rarely have this symptom he has, and he has no other symptoms of any of them. I think his doctor is fooling him, and hes going to test him for all of them. I forget what they call this hair loss, but from what I’ve read, it can be a cause of something else, or it could have no other cause but may be hereditary. I would like to know if anyone knows any information on this, and what you might think of what the doctor is saying about this?
    I know what the actual hair loss is called, just couldnt remember the name. As for trusting the doctor…That maybe be expected in other areas, but the doctors here have a reputation for giving the wrong diagnosis. They cant tell a broken arm with a bone sticking out of your skin, and a scratch if that helps.

  30. Lover says:

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

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

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

    Anyone have a suggestion? Anyone?

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

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

    • MishMash says:

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

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

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

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

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

      Dr Meggs recommendations are :

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

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

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

      *Oily fish for protein and Omega 3 Oils

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

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

      *No junk food, no bought preprocessed foods.

      Good luck

  31. Anonymous says:

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

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

    Any ideas or experiences?

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

  32. Jo Jo says:

    Help with allergy type disease?
    For a year I have been battling symptoms that my doc thought might be lupus however I have been tested 3 times. I have been tested for moulds pollens animals coeliac disease all negative. I get a blotchy rash all over which goes angry red when rubbed or scratched slightly swollen eyes nasal passage and throat. Upset stomach and chest pain caused by the upset stomach. I am unable to take any meds except anti hisamines as they make everything worse. Please help me!
    When this first started I was taking lipex and another drug for GERD for 2 months before an ED dr realised it was a reaction and had been unwell the entire time taking those drugs

    • cmac says:

      i have similar problems and didn’t show any reaction on allergy tests. my doc thought this might be because i have taken antihistamines for such a long time or that i had an intolerance as opposed to an allergy. i have discovered i am allergic to feathers, as everytime i went away there was an improvement so i got rid of the feather duvet inner and it has improved a little. the other thing i have done is to follow a gluten free diet. i had lots of raw areas in my mouth and noticed they got worse when i ate certain things. it helped with loose bowels as well. hope that helps.

  33. in0the0middle says:

    Inflamed lymph node from thyroid problems or something else?
    To make an incredibly long story short, I began having a strange array of symptoms about 6 months ago. They included migraines, hair loss, joint pain and weakness, to name the important ones. My first doctor told me I was anemic, the second one discovered that I actually have hyperthyroidism possibly due to something else like lupus or Graves disease. About a month and a half ago I discovered a hard lump on the side of my throat, about an inch below my chin. I mentioned it to the physicians assistant when I went to get my lab results, and she felt it. I had been having some nasal drip so she attributed it to that but told me to have it re-checked before September when I return to school. I’m going to get it re-checked next week and go over more lab results, but I’m getting more concerned because I have had numerous blood tests and they have not pin-pointed the cause of my symptoms. I’ve read that thyroid problems can cause inflamed lymph nodes, but has anyone else ever experienced anything like this? Should I be worried about something potentially serious like lymphoma? Thanks for your opinions!
    ** My hyperthyroidism is subclinical, meaning that it’s not yet at the point where it needs medication.

    • Lisa A says:

      Thyroid problems do not cause enlarged or inflamed lymph nodes.

      If you are mistaking your thyroid for your lymph nodes, you might have a goiter, which comes along with thyroid disease.

      Or you might have a thyroid nodule, which you must have biopsied.

      You should get a new doctor. One who can test and diagnose you properly. It should only take one round of blood tests to get a definitive answer on if you have hyperthyroidism, and if it is autoimmune or not. You would need further testing, such as biopsies, ultrasound, and uptake if you have nodules.

  34. sweet_thang0792 says:

    Rheumatoid Arthritis/Lupus? Whats wrong?
    Hello. I am a 28 year old female and have a few questions and appreciate any response. I have been having numbness in my legs particulary from the back of my knee/leg down thru my toes where it is tingly, numb, and throbbing pain that will last all day off and on. Somtimes, I can be walking and my legs go numb to where i cant move and have to stand still till i can walk again or drag myself to something to lean on. They did a EMG and it came back normal, so then they did bloodwork and said that my Sed Rate was 47 and Rhunmatoid Factor was 10 and i have a appt schedlued for Rhuemotologist. They did a MRi of my back and it shows there is loss of signal in the L4 and L5, T11-T12 and T12-L1, also buldging discs, disc protrusion and multi-level degenerative disc disease. I get sick a lot and was in hospital in april with symptoms of meningitus, but wasnt (I had meningutius 2007 so i know the symptoms) they never knew the cause, i get sick a lot, always feel tired. I have nausea and frequent migraines. Doc asked if anyone in the family has had Lupus. Does these symptoms/diagnoses mean there is something wrong, and if so what? Does it sound like it could be Lopus? Your help is greatly appeciated.

    • Jo says:

      Some of your symptoms do sound like they could be lupus or another rheumatological problem. Hopefully, the specialisit can tell you something. Lupus is a disorder that has many different types. Some are nuisances. Others are a big problems. The way I understand it, while there might be some hereditary tendancy towards lupus, it isn’t one of those things that you will necessarily have a family history for.

      There is a possibility that you could have a neurological problem that they haven’t discovered yet. Normal EMGs can come back on some people who have neurological problems. In addition, neurological problems are some of the most difficult problems to diagnose.

      Unfortunately, you are in the age group where lupus is more likely to occur. On the other hand, your varied symptoms might suggest that you have more than one condition causing your problems. This could make it difficult diagnose.

      Your rheumatologist will have more answers for you than anyone here. See what he has to say. Ask him questions. Listen to his answers.

  35. Laurel says:

    Symptoms for 7 months, no diagnosis. Excessive hair loss, muscle pain, swollen nodes.?
    Hello!

    I`m a 19 year old female who`s been experiencing a series of symptoms for the past 7 months that doctors have been unable to diagnose.

    Firstly, my hair has been falling out and as you can imagine, this has been very emotionally stressful. Since about 7 months ago, I`ve lost more then 75% of hair from all over my head. The hair loss is not patchy, but has been thinning all over. I used to have long, extremely thick and beautiful hair, and now its almost gone. The hair loss is not localized to my head as I’ve even noticed that the hair on my legs and in my pubic area have barely been growing back after shaving. I did see a dermatologist and he said that I must have an underlying autoiumme disease that’s causing the hair loss. He suspects lupus or a related disease, but as of yet, blood tests have shown no irregularities.

    Since around the same time my hair has been falling out, Ive noticed that the lymph nodes in my neck have been swollen. Sometimes they are red and sensitive (especially after drinking alcohol or smoking) but usually they’re painless. I’ve also been experiencing a lot of joint/muscle pain and stiffness. Some days it gets really bad and I can barely move, even typing/writing is difficult because the muscles in my hands are so stiff. I feel like every muscle and joint in my body is inflamed. I’m only 19 and I’m having as hard of a time moving around as my 55 year old mother with MS.

    Lastly, (and I’m not sure if this is related at all) my skin has been really dry and especially itchy. I’m not sure if I’ve noticed any rashes, but I have noticed some redness (light red spots) randomly on my skin.

    My family doctor did a thorough blood analysis and everything came back normal. There is no sign of vitamin deficiency, my thyriod was normal, no diabetes, my blood cell count was normal, kidney/liver function was normal, and I’m clean for STD’s/STI’s. I really don’t know where to go from here and im terrified that if I don’t find out whats wrong, I’m going to go bald.

    Does anyone know what these symptoms indicate? Any advice as to what I should get tested for/where I should go from here would be great.

    Thank you in advance for the help!

    • Moped Mama says:

      my endocrinolgist , said i had sluggish thyroid normal levels, my VIT D was dangerously low my vit b 12 was low i have hypo thyroid symptoms normal thyroid I HAVE goitors never knew it until i choked and had ENT do a nasal scope, so follow my advice my endocrinologist put me on synthyroid , 37.5 mcg works for me VIT D and VIt B 12 also AVOID wheat products you could be celiac syndrome try eatting oatmeal rice potatoes NO wheat pasta buy rice and corn pasta drink V* 8 splash change your diet

  36. crunikki says:

    I think I have Lupus, but i’ve never had good luck with doctors, how do I get them to listen to me?
    I work in the medical field, so I know more than the ‘average person’ about all things medical. I’m no doctor, but I do have a good bit of knowledge on the subject. Last weekend, I started getting really dizzy, the kind where to room is spinning and I feel like I’m going to fall down. This was the first time it happened, but it lasted all weekend. After doing some research online about what could cause my dizzy spells, I came across a Lupus website. After thinking more about it, I have many of the symptoms of Lupus. I had dizzy spells, tendonitis, palpitations, an odd skin disease that they never really figured out what it is, and my hair comes out like crazy in the shower. Now, i’m not waking up with chunks of hair on my pillow or anything that drastic, but EVERY time I shower I clog up the drain, I can run my fingers through my hair and get quite a bit out. Also, I am always cold and always tired. I can get 8 hours of sleep and still be tired all day long. It is 78 degrees in my house right now and I am curled up under a blanket with numb fingers and toes because they are so cold. I feel like if I take all this information to the doctors they are just going to say that I am overthinking all my symptoms and blow me off. I just think it is really odd that I have a skin disease and heart palpitations that can’t be explained…………….am I just overthinking all of this?????
    I have been tested for a thyriod disorder a few years back and they said I didn’t have that…..

    • SethSpeaks says:

      You have every single classic symptom of thyroid disorder. The test for that is cheaper and fits all of your listed symptoms. Start there instead of coming into the Dr. with a more exotic claim of lupus.

  37. AspiringAsh says:

    Odd stomach/bowel symptoms for about a year or two now?
    The symptoms include: rectal bleeding (I’m fairly confident it is caused by an anal fissure), mostly constipation with occasional diarrhea, pain in my lower to mid abdomen, nausea occasionally, weight loss of nearly 20 pounds (5′ 3″, went from 153 or so to 128 in about 8 months), and severe stomach sensitivity to stress/anxiety.

    I know I should probably see a doctor, but I’m afraid that I’m merely going to be told that all the tests are normal and that I’m overreacting to a couple of odd symptoms.

    I tend to also have horrible symptoms for awhile, with alternating periods of feeling wonderful.

    Any doctors that have a clue or guess to what could be bothering me?

    (Health conditions that run in my family: lupus, Crohn’s disease, diabetes)

    Thanks for taking the time to help!

    • Anonymous says:

      *(Health conditions that run in my family: lupus, Crohn’s disease, diabetes)*

      Ditto in my family, and I have the SAME symptoms you are having. My doctor says it’s just anxiety over family ills, and that it’s not anything harmful or life threatening.

      You could talk to your doctor anyway and get some blood tests done just to be sure everything is ok. Even the most simplest of symptoms can be early signs of something more serious.

  38. cablecontractor2006 says:

    What causes multiple organ failure?
    This started two years ago when I had encephalitis. I lost ability to count, spell, walk, talk, etc. After the inflammation went down I have since been left with fasiculations, brain fog, bowel issues, urinary issues. Soon gallbladder died and was removed due to doubling over in pain. HIDA scan showed 0% ejection faction. then blood pressure started to slowly drop until it is currently 80/40. Went to hospital…. low cortisol… they didn’t test my ATCH so I don’t know if I have Addison’s Disease or Cushings or what. I know that the hypothalamus talks to the pituitary that communicates with the adrenal glands which produce cortisol. I have Erectile Dysfunction, Brain fog, testicular pain, and have been also diagnosed with Chronic fatigue Syndrome by positive EBV profile tests. It seems like my organs are and have been progressively growing towards failure. I also have clear urine which is a sign of the simplest form of diabetes but yet to be tested for that. All valves of heart have either slight or mild regurgitation. WHAT IS POSSIBLY CAUSING MULTIPLE ORGAN FAILURE OVER A PERIOD OF THE LAST TWO YEARS? Can a blood disorder do it? I have been to urologists, neurologists, Infectious Disease Doctors, Rheumotologists to test for Auto-Immune and still nothing. Can a Hormonal imbalance start killing off all of your organs? I did some reading and it talks about how there are connections to all of these symptoms but no definite relation to all of the symptoms except that hormones control quite a bit. So far they have me on Florinef so my Blood Pressure stays up until endocronologist can run all his tests. But what if his test show problems due to a larger problem? What causes the body to start failing everywhere and on every test? High Esonophils, increased # of small lymphocytes in CSF fluid but no MS, no lupus, no STD’s. PLEASE HELP before I’m dead. Give me ideas, anything to throw a doctors way. Thankyou in advance.

    • Jen S says:

      You could be panhypopituitary in addition to some other things. I would try to see a neuro-endocrinologist. Find one at a university hospital – send records and see if they will see you. Pituitary issues can effect the immune system and a lot of other things.

  39. American Beauty says:

    I need help from someone who knows a lot about Multiple Sclerosis.?
    Hi there, so back at Christmas time I went through some serious problems.

    It all started with some pain in my back that eventually spread to my chest/ribs area and then all of my muscles began hurting. I could barely walk.
    Then I couldn’t pee. I had urinary retention and had to wear a catheter.
    Christmas day, I was out. I just slept and was in constant pain.
    I had dizziness and vertigo. The room looked like it was spinning.
    My neurologist admitted me to the hospital. While I was there, I had MRIs, CAT scans, spinal taps, and an annogram (sp?)

    They found a lesion in my cerebellum. While I was in the hospital, I couldn’t walk well at all. The lesion affected my motor abilites.

    I was taken out of the hospital and I recovered quickly. The only symptom I had was whenever I leaned my head downwards, my body would vibrate…it was odd. I think it had something to do with my spine.

    The doctors are still scratching their heads. They tested for MS and Lupus but the tests were negative. Can simple viruses cause symptoms similar to autoimmune diseases?

    I’m 20 if that helps.

    Thanks.

    • pcheesewhiz says:

      Yes, there are two viruses that can cause symptoms that mimic MS; they are human T-lymphotrophic virus type 1 and human immunodeficiency virus. I was told this at the Cleveland Clinic where I was finally diagnosed with MS.

      Did your neurologist do more than one MRI separated in time? It can take a long time for the lesions that are indicative of MS to show up even after the onset of the disease. At least that is what happened to me. And MS is so very difficult to diagnose since none of the tests give the docs a definitive diagnosis. Sometimes the lesions are so small that they just don’t show up on the MRI.

      Have you been tested for Lyme disease? If you have not been, it would be a good idea for you to do so.

      I sure hope that you get a resolution to this asap. The very best of luck to you!

  40. Lenchik says:

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

  41. Kismet27 says:

    Is weight loss with lupus possible?
    I am a thirty year old mother of one. I was diagnosed with lupus when I was 14. I have gained nearly 100 pounds since! I have tried so many times to lose weight but I always get stopped with a lupus flare. It seems that whenever I change my diet even when I change to healthy foods and enough calories I get sick. I especially have a hard time with exercise. I feel great while doing it but try hard not to do too much. Its really difficult to be overweight and not push myself during workouts. Every program I have ever gone on no matter how gentle causes a flare. A bad bad flare! I am now finally on meds that are suppose to help control the disease and stop the flares. Im worried though I hate going great for two weeks losing ten pounds and getting sick and gaining back 15. I know if I lose weight my symptoms will improve but how do I survive the process? I watch biggest loser and think one of those workouts would land me in the ER!!! I feel three times my age and never have any energy. Can someone offer some kind of advice?

  42. just a daydream away says:

    Could stretch marks be a symptom of something?
    This probably sounds stupid, but I just want a clarification.
    Three years ago, I got sick and started gaining a lot of weight (which is the probable cause of the stretch marks), but I have a lot of them, and they’re dark… I’m fifteen. I have a lupus-like autoimmune disease, idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP), and cutaneous lupus. I don’t know if any of those would cause increasing stretch marks.. Do any autoimmune diseases cause things like this, or any other disease for that matter?
    Thanks for obviously pointing out the fact that I’m fat.
    Next time read the details of my question and answer according to what it says. You missed some pretty important details. Okay thanks.

    • Linda R says:

      Cutaneous lupus may make you more likely to develop stretch marks but it does not cause them. If you were on steroids, that could also have increased the likelihood of developing stretch marks.

  43. cortlin.harrison says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  44. mrs.sexyone says:

    what is lupus?
    Defining Lupus

    A chronic, inflammatory, connective tissue disease that can affect the joints and many organs, including the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, and nervous system. It can cause many different symptoms; however, not everyone with lupus has all of the symptoms. Also called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE

    • christibro40 says:

      I think you answered your own question. I have Lupus and have had it for a long time. The only thing you didnt put is that it is an autoimmune disease where our own cells attack each other because they become hyperactive, and do not know they are attacking their own healthy cells. So Dr’s use immunosuppresents, chemotherapy, and prednisone, to suppress the immune system, in hopes of quieting a flare or pushing it down into remmison,

  45. kevin says:

    Do you think im having a lupus flare? i have many symptoms?
    Im a 17 yr old male and i was diagnosed with lupus about 3 years ago..since my diagnosis i haven’t really had any problems with the disease. For the past two weeks ive had severe loss of appetite, nausau, dizziness and some random joint pains. Ive only vomited two times in these last few weeks but the nausau and dizziness is really bothering me. I can’t tell if the appetite loss is what is causing the other symptoms, because i only eat occasionally because i dont feel good when i do eat. I am trying to make an appointment with my doctor now, but if anyone has any good imformation please let me know. Greatly appreciated.

  46. RidingAway says:

    What is wrong with me? Is it lupus?
    So I have been dealing with being seriously sick for over two years now. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease and celiac disease. I have been on a gluten free diet for about three months now and thyroid medication for about 1 year but nothing has changed, if anything it has gotten worse. I have a huge feeling that it is lupus but I was tested for it and it was negative. Could it be a false negative or do I have something else? These are my symptoms:
    Fever
    Extreme Fatigue (I cant even go to school anymore I’m so tired)
    Weakness
    Bad Muscle Aches
    Joint Pain
    Lack of appetite
    Depression
    Sun Sensitivity
    Heart pains when i breathe deep
    Hair loss
    Mild case of anemia
    Anxiety
    Chills
    Trouble Breathing
    Headache
    Dizziness
    Stomach pain
    Trouble focusing
    Memory problems

    What should I do? I need to figure this out soon cause i cant keep living like this.
    Its not thyroid disease because my levels are in the normal range. Also I’ve been tested for mono more than once and it has come back negative. Its also not
    MS because I was tested for that and it was negative, I also don’t have the same symptoms as MS

  47. Smartstuff says:

    I have Raynaud’s Syndrom and have been tested for Auto Immune Disease?
    I am a female, 40 years old, two kids 17 & 15, fairly healthy, smoke a little, drink wine a little… I get a lot of physical activity and eat very well… I am not considered overweight (could stand to lose maybe 8 pounds) and only my mom has health issues (diabetes, weight issues, athsma, etc.)

    Recently, my doctor orderd a rather large blood sample to test me for Auto Immune Disease because my hands and toes turn white when cold. His nurse called me and told me the results came back negative but in reading about Lupus and talking with a gal at work who’s husband died of complications caused by Lupus, I am worried that maybe I could still have it. My question, is there a way that the blood test didn’t catch it or is there something else that could be causing this syndrom? Other symptoms… dizziness, slight fatigue, on-going dull headache towards the front of the head, blured vision, hearing issues in the right ear.

  48. 1shrtskrt says:

    so MANY symptoms perfect bloodwork!…could antibiotics CAUSE blood tests TO BE NORMAL when there is a prob?
    i take doxicycline for acne, i have many symptoms that are pointing to lupus, lyme disease, cancer etc……… my blood work tests are normal i took myself off the antibiotics to get blood wrk re tested w/ hopes of changes the dr will recognize as a lead—but he didn’t tell me to stop them so he could see for himself… so does this not make any sense? should the blood work show signs of disease anyway? or only if its late stage? so confused!!!!
    symptoms vary greatly and im getting no def answers after switching dr’s time and again seeing specialists and researching ,myself(which is relentless)
    i have symptoms of:
    Renaud’s syndrome, alopecea, circulatory problems(painfull swollen vessels causing hives!broken blood vessels), skin problems(acne, wounds wont heal, blood vessels leaving marks, hives), hard lymph nodes in groin as well as swollen tender lymph nodes EVERYWHERE!, weird lump inside throat(went to ENT saw rawness w/ scope but no answers) itchyness(especially scalp), DRY SKIN, swollen painfull knees and ankles(tested neg forRA), blood and mucus in stools, heavy periods w/ blood clots, swollen vulva and cervix(cervix has purple growing hard dots(dr says cysts and they’re normal-but they multiplied and grew ALL OF A SUDDEN!)
    tested neg for RA, CELIAC, HIV, CLAMYDEA, GONORRHEA, STREP, O AND P(STOOLS), ALL BASIC CBC AND BLOOD WORK NORMAL! COULD BE BC OF ANTIBIOTICS? AND IF SO, SHOULD MY DR HAVE KNOWN THAT? CAUSE I WILL CHANGE DR’S AGAIN!

  49. britters * says:

    What is causing all these symptoms?
    I have been having health problems for the last few years and I’m determined to find out what is wrong! I am an 18 year old white female who lives in new york.. if any of that makes a difference.

    Some of my symptoms include: increased fatigue, I can sleep for hours and still feel tired. For the past 3 years I have gotten a rash on my neck and chest that is not inflamed but warm and comes and goes at all sorts of times and have heat sensitivity to that area and sometimes chest pain. A few months ago I had an infection in my arm pit and was told it was cellulitis and was given an antibiotic, since then I have had frequent pain in both of my arm pits and it seems to be swollen at times. For the past 2 years or so, I produce breast milk in my left breast but I have never been pregnant, sometimes it is a clear liquid that comes out and sometimes a milky liquid. About a month ago I had to go to the emergency room because both of my breasts were swollen and it was very very painful but they sent me home without telling me an explanation to what it was and it all went away a few days later. For as long as I can remember I have had joint and muscle pain all over my body, mainly the upper back and neck. In january of 2010 I went to the hospital because my back, both lower and upper, hurt so bad that I could barely move. I had high blood pressure and slight chest pain but once again they weren’t aware of the cause so I was sent home with some tylenol. I have noticed that when I get many of these symptoms I get very emotional, either very sensitive or angered easily. Recently I have been getting twitches in my hands, mainly in the thumb area. I have noticed that my concentration isn’t as good as it used to be, I am very anxious and impatient.

    Doctors have gave me some ideas of what it may be but nothing was ever diagnosed. They suggested: anxiety disorder, lupus, thyroid disease, tumor on the pituitary gland, breast cancer, skin cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, graves disease and I think thats about it.

    Someone please help before it gets worse!!!

    • Tuning In... says:

      Sounds like Cryoglobulinemia.

      Symptoms vary depending on the type of cryoglobulinemia and the organs that are affected. In general, symptoms may include:

      Difficulty breathing
      Fatigue
      Glomerulonephritis
      Joint pain
      Muscle pain
      Purpura
      Raynaud’s phenomenon
      Skin death
      Skin ulceration

      And many more others as it’s is a syndrome with many possible symptoms

      The doctor will perform a physical exam. There may be signs of liver and spleen swelling. Tests for cryoglobulinemia include:

      Complete blood count (CBC)
      Complement assay — numbers will be low
      Cryoglobulin test — may show presence of cryoglobulins
      Liver function tests — may be high
      Rheumatoid factor — positive in types II and III
      Skin biopsy
      Urinalysis — may show blood in the urine if the kidneys are affected

      Other tests may include:

      Angiogram
      Chest x-ray
      ESR
      Hepatitis C test
      Nerve conduction tests, if the person has weakness in the arms or legs
      Protein electrophoresis – blood

      As there are too many complications, anxiety builds up within yourself which is why doctors may think you have anxiety disorder or as suggested by the other answer of having neuro related illness.

      This blood disorder is very difficult to be diagnosed and treated. It won’t kill you but you’ll have to take constant medication so as to contain it. Many doctors are baffled by it and seriously many don’t even know about this blood disorder.

      Please suggest to your doctors to try those tests on your blood. I have a hunch I am right.

      Take care and good luck.

  50. 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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