Like any complicated machine, not all kidneys work perfectly. When someone’s kidneys have problems for a long time, doctors call it a chronic kidney disease. Children’s kidney problems are either congenital or acquired. The difference is that a congenital problem exists from the day someone is born. An acquired kidney problem develops over time, often due to an injury, kidney infection, or other illness.

Many congenital kidney problems are hereditary, which means they’re passed down through a person’s genes. Acquired kidney problems are not hereditary. In order for this filtering process to occur properly, the blood pressure and blood flow to the kidneys must be adequate. If the arteries leading to the kidney are diseased, the filtering process will be affected.

Many diseases can irreversibly damage or injure the kidneys. Acute kidney failure can become chronic if kidney function does not recover after treatment. Therefore, anything that can cause acute kidney failure can cause chronic kidney failure. However, the most common cause of chronic kidney failure is diabetes mellitus, followed by high blood pressure (hypertension).

If your urine is a deep orange color, you are most likely dehydrated. Any blood in the urine is cause for alarm. In combination, dark-colored urine associated with sharp pains in the kidney region should be a red flag for you to seek help immediately. For less severe symptoms, you should dramatically increase your intake of water and/or cranberry juice. Make an appointment to see a doctor if this does not alleviate minor symptoms and you still notice unusual urine secretions.

Kidney symptoms: Symptoms affecting one or both kidneys. See detailed information below for a list of causes and Kidney symptoms, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

a€¢    Puffiness around the eyes, particularly in the morning.
a€¢    Swelling of the legs and sometimes of the whole body.
a€¢    Burning sensation while urinating.
a€¢    Lack of Concentration
a€¢    Red or coffee colored urine.  
a€¢    Increasing weakness.
a€¢    Vomiting
a€¢    Pain in the back just below the ribs.
a€¢    High blood pressure.

The causes of the above kidney diseases include infections that migrate upward from the urinary tract and exposure to certain drugs or toxins. Kidney problems are often a complication of other disorders, such as diabetes, lupus, high blood pressure, and liver disease. If kidney function is seriously impaired, toxic wastes cannot be properly eliminated and may accumulate in the blood stream, resulting in uremic poisoning, and a sign of potential kidney failure.

Prevention for Kidney Diseases: –

a€¢    If you have diabetes, your doctor will tell you what to do to keep your blood sugar level normal. You will probably need to change your diet, get more exercise and/or take medicine.
a€¢    If you smoke, you must quit. Smoking damages the kidneys. It also raises blood pressure and interferes with medicines used to treat high blood pressure.
a€¢    If you have high blood pressure, it is important to lower your blood pressure. These medicines lower blood pressure and may help keep your kidney disease from getting worse. Exercise and a healthy diet can also help to lower your blood pressure.


51 thoughts on “Lupus Disease Symptoms Kidneys

  1. shayeshayeshaye

    Is there anyone taking CellCept? If so, how long did you take it and what symptoms did you have?
    SERIOUS REPLIES ONLY. THANKS!

    Hi, I was diagnosed with lupus almost 2 years ago after over 11 years of dealing with various symptoms and flares and kidney disease. Right now I am only taking 1/2 a 250 mg chloroquine tablet once a day but I still have pain and fatigue and my sed rate is going up slowly, which it does during seasonal changes. My doctor wants me to start chemo or steroids, which scares the crap out of me. I saw online that there is something called CellCept that may work to reduce lupus symptoms that may have more tolerable symptoms than chemo, but I don’t want to jump into anything. Can someone who has lupus who has or is using CellCept tell me if it works, how long it works, if you experienced any really bad side effects and if so did you recover? And did the lupus come back? Thank you for your help.

    1. mgnysgtcappo

      My wife has been taking cellcept for her Lupus for the last two and a half years with little side effects. She was a little sick to her stomach at first but now it really doesn’t affect her. It has done wonders for her Lupus flare ups though. She hasn’t had kidney involvement since being on the drug and she is only taking 5 mg of prednisone right now. She also has antiocardiolipid syndrome and takes coumadin to thin her blood. If you have any more questions or would like some more detailed info please feel free to email me

  2. Abby

    Kidney Disease.?
    I have been diagnosed with lupus for 3+ years, and I’ve recently started to have back pains where my kidneys are supposed to be. I got kicked off my parents health insurance plan when i turned 22 this summer, so at the moment I don’t have health insurance. Is there any information you can give me about kidney disease symptoms or any other info, so i can make an education guess if i have it or not.

  3. chan

    Have any moms had an Abo Incompatibility with their baby? If so has it affected your health?
    ive been tested for everything under the sun (lupus, kidney disease, cancer, etc etc) and I am still suffering with no diagnosis. I have many symptoms (low wbc 3.0, fingernail color changes, fatigue, burning throughout body) If anyone has gone through this, please share your stories.

  4. ElevationKB R

    Tourette like symptoms from a reaction to medication. How to get it under control?
    Hi, I have been diagnosed with stage 1 chronic kidney disease and I also have some lupus symptoms. I take a ton of medication and I believe I’m having a very bad reaction due to them. Here are my symptoms…

    – Jerking, involuntary movement
    – Very detailed oriented when I speak (I explain everything even for the simplest sentences.)
    – Easily upset
    – involuntary movement of my mouth

    Does anyone know what type of reaction this is called?

    1. Melody

      This sounds like tardive dyskinesia…a disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions that can result in involuntary movements and postures in various parts of the body, particularly chewing or lip-smacking movements of the mouth, jaw and face.

      It can be caused by dopamine agonists– which include psychiatric drugs, and some anti-nausea drugs.

      You need to talk to your doctor about this. the involuntary movements can become permanent.

      How do I know? I have tardive dyskinesia myself, though mine effects my entire body, which makes it impossible for me to walk.

      You need to talk to your doctor about this, ASAP. You don’t want to ignore this. It needs to be adressed before it gets worse…or possibly permanent.

  5. MJ H

    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.

  6. Mandy Cakes

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

    Kisses
    Mandi

    (Title page not included)

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

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

    1. mgunnycappo

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

  7. Mandy Cakes

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

    Kisses
    Mandi

    (Title page & reference page not included)

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

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

    1. slawekp2001

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

  8. e_long21

    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

    1. YesImAnR.N.

      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.

  9. Aimee C

    Friends diet and health effects from disease or eating disorder?
    My friend is a type A personality and an overachiever. She is going to an ivy school in the med program, but she has always been able to deal with stress. Lately she has been coming down with some serious symptoms.
    -While away at school she would get extreme muscle fatigue and loss of motor. Docs said she had some autoimmune due to bloodwork but were unable to pinpoint
    -At this time she began eating less and working out more. Suffered a stress fracture in her leg from overexertion, lost 20+ lbs. Family worried for her psychological health
    -Docs at home diagnose her with subcutaneous lupus. She is still not eating much but does not work out anymore.
    -She is now passing kidney stones

    I am very worried for her, and cannot tell if her eating, fatigue and now her stones are due to her lupus or if she possibly could have an eating disorder. Where could this all be stemming from? She is turning 20. She is not underweight, she is maybe 115-120 lbs now.

    1. HAHA

      wow…well that also can be lupus. Lupus is a very complicated and severe illness. If the doctors found that in her blood work then it could be that. Just be there for her.

  10. Ptkds

    Where do I go next? Mystery illness needs a diagnosis.?
    I need some help. I have some helth problems and no one can tell me what is wrong. I am overweight, 33 years old, female, 4 kids, celiac disease, low thyroid and thyroid nodules (benign), history of recurrent kidney stones, sleep apnea (treated with cpap that maintians O2 levels at 97%).
    Here are my symptoms:
    Shortness of breath on exertion,
    racing heart,
    occasional heart palpitations,
    pitting edema,
    edema in my upper abdominal area that causes pain,
    extreme fatigue,
    forgetfulness,
    can’t sleep flat – even with cpap on (have to sleep propped up),
    muscles become extremely weak and tired after minimal use, including jaw muscles when I chew, cheek muscles when I smile, and muscles around eyes when I squint.

    I have an increased sed rate with no explanation. Lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, lung disease, heart disease have all been ruled out. I recently had an abnormal stress test that showed: “mild worsening in the mid anterior wall on stress imaging when compared with rest imaging. . . . appears to be significant fixed defect with at least mild ischemia of the mid anterior wall present.” An angiogram was performed with completely normal results. They said my arteries looked “perfect.”

    My question is, where do I go from here? I just don’t know what kind of dr to go see. I am so frustrated. My PCP doesn’t even know what to do anymore. I am being treated with so many medicines that it’s pathetic. I am tired of “living” like this (it sure doesn’t feel like living, more like just surviving). I want answers and I want it fixed. Any ideas of what I can do and where I can go?

  11. chloe.

    symptoms for months with no diagnosis. any ideas at all?
    for the past nine months i have had:
    – severe bouts of join pain, and possible deterioration of my joints.
    – fatigue
    – red rashes on my face an neck area
    – kidney infections and proteinuria.

    i have been tested for and do not have:
    – RA
    – lupus
    – fibromyalgia
    – lymes disease

    i’m constantly going to doctors and they can’t figure out what is going on.
    any suggestions at all on testing ideas or possible diagnosis would be greatly appreciated!!

  12. Nat

    Lupus.. what is it?
    I just got back from the clinic and am a slight bit worried now.
    I went in for back pains, during this he asked if I had other problems so I mentionned my reynolds. He then asked me if there’s history in my family with clots (my grandma does), if I’ve had kidney disease, I’ve had kidney infections (disease I wouldn’t know?), if I’ve had unexplained rashes.. well right there I had a rash on my neck, I had no idea, he’s the one who saw it. He asked if I had a history of psychiatric problems.. I have had severe depression along with some great insomnia in the past. He asked other things that I can’t remember anymore.. the only thing that didn’t fit, which was mainly why I came in, was if my lungs were inflamed.. What was wrong was my muscle behind the shoulder blade was inflamed hurting when I would breathe.
    Ok so, now that he’s gone through all that and only 1 out of all symptoms he’s asked don’t fit… what??
    I don’t really know what lupus is safe for what I’ve just googled..
    Rusty:
    I know he can’t diagnose based on history alone. He asked me a series of questions that made him think it’s possible. Although, it didn’t go much farther then his questions. Now what I wanted to know was the symptoms/how to get diagnosed. Basically, where would I go for help on this. I don’t have my own doc so I’m kind of on my own.
    It had me concerned as many of the symptoms of lupus are similar to things that are happening with me. It’s not to say I have it and don’t wish to, I’m wanting to get informed.

    1. screamingfreedom

      I really do not understand from your question where lupus came into the discussion. Lupus is not diagnosed buy a doctor going over your medical history alone. Some of the things you mention can be seen in lupus patients.

      The American Rheumatism Association developed a list of symptoms used to diagnose Lupus. Research supports the idea that people who have at least four of the eleven criteria (not necessarily simultaneously) are extremely likely to have Lupus. The criteria are:

      * Butterfly rash
      * Discoid rash
      * Photosensitivity
      * Mouth ulcers
      * Arthritis
      * Inflammation of the lining of the lungs or the lining around the heart
      * Kidney damage, as noted by the presence of protein or other abnormal substances called casts in the urine
      * Seizures or psychosis
      * The presence of certain types of anemia and low counts of particular white blood cells
      * The presence of certain immune cells, anti-DNA antibodies, or a falsely positive test for syphilis
      * The presence of antinuclear antibodies.

      As to your question what is lupus.

      Lupus is an autoimmune disease. This means that a persons immune system is attacking their own body.

      Lupus is one of the more serious autoimmune disease. It can be mild with few symptoms or it can attack almost every system in the body.

      Lupus manifests as a chronic inflammatory connective tissue disease marked by skin rashes, joint pain and swelling, inflammation of the kidneys, inflammation of the fibrous tissue surrounding the heart (i.e., the pericardium), as well as other problems. Not all affected individuals display all of these problems.

      Rusty

  13. Anonymous

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

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

    Any ideas or experiences?

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

  14. sunshine_punk

    is this story of mine at all good?! :D?
    Intro.
    I never really had it all you could say. Most kids worried about wearing their brand named clothes, having amazing cars, and having the perfect boyfriend/girlfriend. Personally all i worried about something much bigger. All I want to do is live.
    My life was going great until i hit 14. My parents were constantly fighting, for reason i still don’t know. They were at each other throats. So much, I thought eventually the neighbors would call the police. I had to be like a mom to my sister Lilly, 12 (who was also my best friend), even though she was only 2 years younger then me, since my mom would blame us for all the arguing.
    One morning after 2 agonizing years of hell my dad walked out on us. My mother became depressed. She saw a shrink 2 times a week and hardly got out of bed. and that put an enormous amount of pressure on me.. More then was already set on me. The pain of my dad leaving was pretty awful. After he left, a new burden began to show its ugly face.
    Oh i guess i never really introduced myself properly. My name is Kailey. I’m now 16 years old, and im dying.

    Chapter 1

    “Breathe in and out deeply,” the nurse Sally said as she held a cold stethoscope to my chest. I did as I was told and answered a text message from Mona at the same time.

    “Come over tonight? My mom’s out, and we can cook something strange! bring Lilly along!” -Mona.

    “Yeah sounds great! I have to ask my mom first of course. But you know her. So I will probably be there. What time?” I replied quickly, and put away my phone as the doctor walked in.

    “Hello, Kailey. How are you today?” Dr. Highman asked.
    “Same old. Same old. I havent been having as much axiety attacks lately.” I said checking my phone seeing if the was a new text yet.
    “So, the pills are working then huh?”
    “Yup,” i hiccuped. “Excuse me, but its not a thrill having to add another pill to my daily million of them.” i said sarcastically.
    “I understand, but having Lupus, is a differicult disease to control.” He said while writing something down on his clipboard.
    Lupus is the common name for systemic lupus erythematosus, also called SLE. Common symptoms include feeling very tired and having joint pain or swelling (arthritis), a fever, and a skin rash. Over time, some people with lupus have problems with the heart, lungs, kidneys, blood cells, or nervous system. I have it really bad in my nervous system, my joints, and my lungs and heart. Not to mention, my shortness in breath and how im tired often, and get feverish every once and a while. I guess having it since i was 4 has something to do with all the symtoms.
    I nodded my head in agreement.
    “So hows your mother doing? I noticed she isnt here,” he looked up at the empty chair next to the examination table, “again,” then at me.
    I looked away from his gaze and answered, “Well she doing fine i guess, still doesnt get out much. but im making sue she eats properly and takesher meds. Don;t worry about it doc.” I smiled and looked up at him again.
    “Well that good. dont forget, her appointment is…”
    I cut him off, “Next week on tuesday, I know. I know.” I rolled my eyes, upset that i was 16 already and now had to drive her everywhere.
    He nodded, “Ok. Well, miss. Kailey, you seem to be just fine, just keep up everything your doing. and here are your medication refills.” He scribbled on a peice of paper and handed it to me.
    I looked at it and just slowly nodded.
    “See you next time.” He walked out of the room.
    I sat in the room for a while. I felt my pocket vibrate and took out my phone.

    “hmm, around 5? you guys can spend the night too, if you want.” -Mona.

    “Yeah ok sounds good. just got out of the doctors right now. heading home.” Send.

    I got off the table and walked out of the room. I was heading out the doctores office, but then turned into the restroom. i set my phone on the sink and unzipped my pants and sat down. i didnt even have to go. My eyes felt droopy. I got back up and zipped my pants back up, put my phone in my pocket and turnined on the sink. I washed my hands then rinsed my face. I looked at myself in the mirror for a while. My auburn hair next to my ears were wet from wetting my face. My hazel eyes were bloodshot from my lack of sleep last night. I rinsed my face once more, dried it off and walked out of the restroom.
    I opened the door to my old beat up mustang, and sat down.

    “Oh? how’d it go?” -Mona.

    “Ya know.. The same.” Send.

    “Nothing wrong?” -Mona.

    “Nope everythings A-OK. Well for me anyway. haha” Send.

    “Thats good. =] Are you nervous about starting junior year?” -Mona.

    I started the car and pulled out. I drove just down the road then stopped at a gas station for some snacks.
    I walked in the door and swear everyone stopped and looked at me. But I’m probably just paranoid. i walked around and grabbed a bag of hot fries, a 2 liter coke, a bag of chocolates, and some macrowaveable ravioli’s. Yum, what a lunch.
    I paid

  15. Sue

    Severe joint and muscle pain in someone with ESRD?
    My mother has End Stage Renal Disease and has been on dialysis 3 days a week for approximately 7 years. For the past few weeks, she has experienced severe pain in her knees as well as the muscles in her legs (particularly the front of her thighs and her inner thighs). One of her shoulders has also been extremely sore. She does have arthritis in her hands, however the pain in her legs and shoulder just started recently.
    She told the PA while she was at dialysis today, and he requested a blood test (do not know what he is testing for).
    Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong? Maybe a nutritional deficiency?
    I know the symptoms are vague, but any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Also, the ESRD is not a result of diabetes or lupus, etc….just a kidney infection that got out of control.

  16. Yvonne

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

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

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

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

  17. Lady Prism

    People diagnosed with Lupus… need help and info!?
    I do not wish to write a paper about all the details and symptoms, so I’ll just summarize, then ask my question.

    Over the last 5 years, I have had symptoms of EXTREME fatigue, joint pain, canker sores, mild hair loss, etc. I am also anemic (which no amount of iron or B vitamins changes in the slightest). In this time, I have also had a false positive Syphilis test, and chronic kidney stones (3 in 7 years).

    In August of 08, I developed a cough that STILL has not gone away. I have been to TONS of doctors and been diagnosed with pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, allergies, etc, and put on more antibiotics than I care to think of… all the antibiotic treatments actually made me feel worse.

    I also developed a sudden, strange rash on my leg after being out in the sun for a couple days… which also has not gone away. And more recently, I have a light butterfly rash on my face.

    Last month, I finally found a doctor that said “Wow… 8 of the 11 symptoms of Lupus… let’s get you tested.” I was x-rayed to check for Pleurisy (in the lung tissue), and put through about 10 blood tests (also checking for lyme disease, just in case).

    Even after the false positive Syphilis, and the anemia, I tested negative on the ANA test. Kind of. I tested higher than normal, but apparently too low to make a full diagnosis of Lupus.

    What does this mean exactly? Is there such a thing as borderline Lupus? And I know there are a few other diseases that mimic Lupus… but what are they? I know that Fibromyalgia is one of the “mimic” diseases, but would that also account for the blood disorders that I DO have and the rashes?

    I do have another appointment with my doctor in a couple weeks, and I also know that making a Lupus diagnosis can sometimes take a while… but has anyone had the negative ANA issue and still been diagnosed with SLE? And what was your experience… anything I should ask my doctor to look for on the next visit?

    Thanks!
    Oh, they did also check my thyroid… everything normal there.

    And should I mention, also, that my symptoms began during pregnancy and have gotten progressively worse? This has been going for about 5 years… and just now I’ve screamed loud enough that I am being taken seriously.

    1. Constance

      Unfortunately it may take years to DX Lupus. I had all of the symptoms you do and saw a Rheumatologist for about 5 years before my ANA was positive. In the 5 years I also had a pos. Scleroderma and Sjogrens. All along my doctor said that probably I would develop Lupus buy it was a wait and see. Keep a diary of your symptoms and continue to see your doctor. Hope this helps.

  18. Act4Love

    Should I get tested for Lupus?
    Hi, I’m 16 years old. I’ve been suffering from bumps and redness on my face (cheeks, mostly), and it’s been something which I cannot get rid of. I thought it was just acne. My mom, however, is currently studying to be a nurse, and in her textbook she stumbled upon a picture of the butterfly rash often associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (known as Lupus/SLE). I didn’t think much of it, until my mom and I researched the symptoms.
    These are the symptoms I’m currently experiencing:
    *Rash?
    *Extreme fatigue
    *Depression
    *Joint pain (mostly in my knees and ankles)
    *Migraine-like headaches almost every day for the past month
    *Difficulty concentrating
    *Psychosis
    *Inflamation of organs-last year I was diagnosed with gastreoenteritis.
    *Also, about a week and a half ago my back (around the kidney area) started hurting
    *I thought it was my period, but I have dried up blood that comes out everytime I wipe after urinating.
    *I have virtually no appetite.
    *My vision has been blurred the past few days.
    *The “flares” started about 2 weeks after the fatigue.

    What do you think about it?
    Thank you in advance.

    P.S- The symptoms listed started before I found out about the disease…less chance of psychosomatic diagnosis 🙂

    1. FirstStar

      Yes, you should probably get tested!

      Lupus is an Autoimmune disease, which is caused by both genetic and environmental factors, so, if you have a family history of auto immune diseases (Such as Crohns Disease, Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis ect…) You are at an increased risk, also if you are female and between 15 to 45.

      It takes awhile to diagnose Lupus, but your doctor will (most likely) refer you to an Internal Medicine Doctor, or may order the test themselves (Blood test! Urine test!) And depending on what the doctor thinks, the blood test will include an ANA (Antinuclear Antibody) test (Very important test!!! if this comes out positive, it could mean Lupus, or another auto-immune disorder!!!)

      Some other blood tests may also include tests for Hep. C, and Hep D, along with a Creatinine test, Bilrubin and Albumin test (Too much to type- Google it!) and ALT test (To see how epic your liver is doing!)

      So YES. Get tested; because like I said, it takes awhile to diagnose because the symptoms mimic so many other diseases; it could take months.

      Good Luck! 🙂

      I’m 17 and had Lupus symptoms too; test results come back in January (Next month!) Hope 4 the best!

  19. sxyblueyes0980

    Achy joints (Serious answers preferably from medical professional please)…?
    Okay, so I’m a medical professional too, but this is not my area of specialty and I’m curious for more information from someone who has personal experience, or from someone who is also a medical professional who knows more about this. Please give sources if you have them.
    Here’s the deal:
    I went to the doctor the other day because here lately (for about the last 2-3 mos) I have been EXTREMELY fatigued and just very weak. I also started getting lesions on my scalp and began losing patches of my hair around the hair line. My acne was getting a little worse, irritable off and on, and just overall a feeling that something is wrong. Then, my right thumb started getting really sore around the bottom joint (the joint closest to my palm). I thought maybe I did something to it, so I treated it, but it’s not getting better. In fact, it’s getting worse. It feels like I need to pop it, but if I pull it or move it a certain way, it hurts really bad. Then, my left middle finger started doing the same thing. It’s in the middle joint though. I also sleep on the heating pad every night because my back seriously hurts. Well, what sent me to the doctor out of real concern, is about two weeks ago, I woke up from a nap and came to sit on the couch. I was just sitting there and all of a sudden I started feeling REALLY bad. I got real sick to my stomach, started shaking all over, my limbs felt really heavy, and the thought of moving anything was unbearable. When I finally started feeling a little stronger, I got up to go the bathroom to get a wet rag. When I stood up and began walking, I passed out. I was out for about 2 minutes and woke up very weak. I think maybe my blood sugar dropped, but I am not sure, as I’ve never been diagnosed hypoglycemic, but the symptoms matched that exactly. I ate some sugary foods, then stabalized myself with some peanut butter and crackers. About an hour later I felt better, but just worn out.
    So, I saw the doctor this last week and she said she felt it was my blood sugar that made me pass out as well, but was not real sure about everything else. She said she’s going to test me for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. She’s also going to check my cortisol levels, which I’m assuming is because she thinks my adrenal glands may not be functioning very well.
    I am under a massive amount of stress (no joke), sometimes only get about 3-5 hours of sleep a night, and am required to be active all day. My past medical problems/surgeries are:
    tachycardia
    hypotension
    8 kidney stone removals with stint placement
    gallbladder removed
    appendix removed
    c-section
    anxiety
    ovarian cysts
    endometriosis

    I have no other medical issues that I know of. The medications I’m on are:
    Lexapro
    BCP
    Phentermine (I’m 5’9″ tall and weigh 168 lbs currently)

    Is there anyone who knows more about rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and adrenal disease? Or do you know of anything else that could be going on? I just have a feeling something is wrong inside, but I don’t know for sure. I’m having blood work done this week. Just a bit concerned, so any advice, or answers, you may have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

    1. Anonymous

      I’m sure the reason your doctor is checking your cortisol level is to rule out/diagnose Cushing Syndrome; which fits a lot of your symptoms. Since you already have ovarian cysts, you probably have Polycystic Ovary Disease; your symptoms match there too. Are you around menopausal age? Menopause has a lot of those symptoms too. It is good that you are getting checked for arthritis and lupus too. Another question, how long have you been on the Lexapro? It has a lot of yucky side effects that could be causing some of your symptoms. I’ve kind of thrown a lot out there but just trying to give you some ideas. I’ve listed the links to sites about the info I stated above. I hope all this helps. Best of luck!

      Praying you are able to get a diagnosis soon and relief from your symptoms.

  20. Sassy Stasia

    *********SEVERE KIDNEY PROBLEM PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    Severe ongoing kidney pain please help!?
    I had leukemia when I was a kid. In remission. Extensive chemotherapy for 3 years on and off. Tested for Lupus one year ago due to questionable symptoms. I know not everyone on here is a doctor but I need advice for the time being. My symptoms are severe kidney pain (right side) for AT LEAST one year now. Weird rash on hands-have to itch it with a brush and the skin peels of my fingertips and palms. I cant stand for a long time because my right kidney hurts so bad its debilitating. I know its not a joint/bone problem because I had some arthritis and RA testing done-alls well there. I cant drink soda’s, juices, milk or coffee obviously this causes severe chronic pain. Kidney hurts whenever I have to urinate-which I do as soon as I feel the urge to go. I get nauseated often but dont vomit, and when I wake up in the morning Im in severe pain its hard to even get dressed. Ive read up on the symptoms of kidney disease but I dont want to sound like a hypochondriac to my doctor when I go. Please advise-anyone know anything about these symptoms. And yes, I constantly have kidney stones that pass and regenerate, and my urine is always foul smelling and extremely clouded. Please help-thanks so much.
    53 minutes ago – 1 week left to answer.
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    Also, I always feel like Im thirsty and I always have something to drink with me. I try as often as possible to drink water. I know the pain is kidney pain because I went to the ER and they said I had kidney inflammation. The pain takes m my breath away at points and their are times when I get extremely dizzy and faint.
    50 minutes ago

    1. J. Edward Egavas

      Hi Sassy!
      I think that you already know the obvious but perhaps need a little confirmation. Girl, there are a few organs within your body that strongly affect the total health and well being of your body as a whole. You probably know already that your kidneys are one of the primary organs that does influence your health. Two things that you have mentioned caught my attention. one is the “itchy rash” on your hands. That is a sure sign of nerves and in conjunction with your kidneys; actually create agitated conditions that intensify your kidney problems. The other is the ‘foul smelling; cloudy urine. Of course this is brought on by the kidney infection ‘but’ it is a good sign that the kidneys are functioning and trying to cleanse themselves. I know this is not a time to be trying ‘old remedies’ but a few of them actually help. Most likely, you are drinking liquids that are cool or cold in temperature. The kidneys actually have to work harder at cleansing under these conditions. Try warming your liquids to slightly above body temperature (between 100* and 110*Max.). This will help. Also, in your case, please try to drink distilled water only, because; most bottled water is actually “pure tap water.” To a healthy person, this does not create consequences of any magnitude. In your case, the slightest deviations of germs or enzymes, foreign in nature, can present problems. Please also try to drink considerable amounts of nothing but water. It may be painful to begin with but it does in fact help flush out those conditions that are helping to agitate your ailment. Now, for the “Old remedies.” This one, I place quite a bit of faith in because I too have bouts with my kidneys. Honey is the only absolute pure energizing food that has zero harmful substances. It never has to be protected as it will ‘never; spoil, period! You take two tablespoons of honey in the morning and the same before you retire at night. I will personally assure you that it will make a difference in your condition in a short time.(perhaps a week or less and you will notice a change for the better) Your pains will diminish and your nausea will subside. Other than this, I am going to strongly urge you to visit a good urologist. Perhaps you feel that it is an expense that you cannot incurr at present. I am going to tell you it is an action that you must take regardless of expense. (there are assisted programs to help you if this is actually one of your problems). Sassy; You owe it to yourself to take care of this “Now” and not put it off. “If” your kidneys actually start to fail, expense will no longer be an equation to consider. It will be a mandantory action that you will be forced to take at that point. Please get on girl with what you know you must do. I will pray for you and hope for your best.

  21. angelinaismywifey

    My LYMPH NODES are extremely palpable (for years) i have lost TOO MUCH WEIGHT, what is wrong?
    Hello….if anyone would like to try to DIAGNOSE ME, I’d be SO GRATEFUL AT THIS POINT!
    ….. i’m 30 year old female, with a 10 year old son and had a thoracic fore gut tumor(benign) removed from my chest @ 15, a good portion of which was attached to my lungs, aorta,esophagus, Trachea.
    To Date- no known complications or regrowth.
    109 lbs
    5’3″
    hypothyroid, on synthroid
    Had IUD recently placed in cervix
    amphetamine salts,celexa, lorazapam for depression/fatigue and ADD
    MY SYMPTOMS:
    CURRANTLY AND THIS PAST YEAR: Generalized Swollen lymph glands(some firm and hard in groin area. Also where my hairline is in the back of my neck behind my ear i guess, and a few large ones up the side of my neck aligned with my shoulder), Re currant low Grade Fever(no higher than 101 w/out infection),Itchy Skin, Memory Loss,Hair loss, Acne,Bowel Changes,On and Off fatigue, mucus in my stool(for one year at least.More mucus than actual stool on average! SORRY TO BE SO GRAPHIC! Lower Back Pain, DULL ACHING PAIN on the inside of my knees,stiff neck,ankle pain after being on my feet for more than an hour.Also extremely dry; mouth,skin,hair,eyes,&nostrils, dizziness upon standing, sweats,wounds heal slowly, weird painless swelling above my butt where my dimples are(no dr has been able to guess why/what this swelling might be),diarrhea and constipation, tenderness above my belly button, hyper pigmentation on abdomen, arms and feet, anxiety, blood pressure has steadily increased throughout all of my many dr’s visits this past yr.
    ADDED RECENT SYMPTOMS:Kidney pain, visible blood in urine: for 2 months now! it was bright red and then less visible for awhile and now dark brown like tea and extremely strong smelling, hardening and bloating of abdomen, extreme fatigue, productive cough, chest pain, neck pain,easily exhausted, unexplainable bruises, muscle spasms and bulging type pain JUST under my rib on both sides separately, weird stabbing pain on my left groin area near my larger lymph glands that makes my tendon look swollen, thrush, protein in urine, HI albumin in urine, repetitive rbc in urine, BUT NO INFECTION!! (multiple negative cultures), kidney stone shows on CT in an area that is expected to be asymptomatic and may not even pass. BUT I DO HAVE difficulty urinating and cramping JUST PRESCRIBED CIPRO FOR A SECOND TREATMENT. (not sure exactly why since culture is consistantly negative)

    Many tests HAVE BEEN DONE: …..All Basics(CB C’s, liver, etc panels) + Lyme Disease,Hep(B,C etc), ANA,Sed Rate,R.F.,AIDS, Celiac Disease,Fecal Bacterial+Viral cultures,Lupus,Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydiae,Anemia, scleroderma, h. pylori, bladder cancer,
    P.C.P. says: hematologist &will do allergy & routine testing upon insurance ok
    E.N.T(ear,Nose&throat) says: inflammation or irritation down deep in my throat(but i smoke so…)
    GASTROENTROLOGIST says: gastritis, hemorrhoids,IBS, lymphoid aggragates in non lymph areas
    UROLOGIST says: extreme gross & microscopic unexplained hematuria, referral to hematologist(concerned about enlarged lymph’s in groin and unexplained hematuria———says kidney stone most likely not causing this amount of rbc,did FISH URINE TEST…NO CALL SO I’M GUESSING ALL CLEAR ON RESULTS)
    HEMATOLOGIST says: i’m thin so nodes are more palpable s we should wait. does not believe biopsy is neccessary at this point
    RHUEHEMATOLOGIST says: no signs autoimmune, non arthritic/ lupus like disease
    GYNOGYNECOLOGIST says: no infection, no discharge see urologist…
    DERMOTOLOGIST says: see rhuemotologist! lol, biopsied pigmented marks(inconclusive-possibe allergic reaction)

    i am waiting on results of a chest CT from HEMATOLOGIST because he heard alot in my lungs and another aids test(that’ll be 4 tests in the last yr(all negative)

    I’M SURE THERE IS MORE INFO I”M NOT OFFERRING
    but i can’t remember everything! lol any EDUCATED ADVICE would be appreciated
    THANK YOU!!!! i feel so helpless when i am sooo tired or weak….. i just want a solution!
    PLEASE HELP!

    1. PoisonTrees

      See what the CT results are. If you get no answers there, I would go to a different hematologist and insist on a biopsy. If you can’t get answers switch to a hospital that specializes in diagnostics.

  22. Laurel

    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!

    1. Moped Mama

      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

  23. Qb

    What are the risks of nephritis?
    One of my friends has been having trouble with what seems to be her kidneys for almost a year now. She’s just gotten a biopsy, and is waiting on results.

    Her doctor believes she has nephritis, because she has every symptom associated with it.

    I’m clearly not an expert on the disease of nephritis, or Lupus nephritis, but can either be deadly?

    Because this has been going on so long, is there a high possibility of her needing to get either a transplant, or go on permanent dialysis, or could she even die from it at this stage?

  24. Rae

    Could I possibly have lupus?
    Ok. So, I had never even heard of this disease and I heard about it on the radio.
    So here are my symptoms:
    for three years now I have stomach problems.
    HORRIBLE pain in the upper right of my abdomen, I had kidney stones about 3 months ago. It hurt.
    gullbladder problems
    i have anemia
    am always depressed and have anxiety
    I am ALWAYS tired. I get plenty of sleep and am sooooo fatigued all the time.
    Just started having horrible back and joint (mainly knee and jaw) pain
    Whenever I get a cold, it immediately turns into broncitis or strep.
    Bad coughing anytime I lay down.

    Could this all be related to Lupus? Any information would be great!

  25. Zach M

    My wife has been sick for 7 months, had her gallbladder removed, what’s wrong?
    My wife has been sick for 7 months and has had no diagnosis, other than a bad gallbladder. She didn’t fit the classic symptoms, but she had it removed in October and things haven’t changed. The surgeon believes that her continued problems are not related to the gallbladder.

    Her main symptom is chronic and constant nausea, but she also has irregular bowl movements, an orange coating on her tongue, and has occasionally woke up at night with chills, shakes and goosebumps.

    She’s had numerous blood tests ruling out HIV/AIDs, Chrones, celiac disease, Addison’s disease, colitis, H Pyl., Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus, Giardia, Cryptospor, C diff., Lupus, a stomach emptying test, no known allergies, and no previous health issues except for symptoms related to what we thought/think is hypoglycemia. Her liver and kidney function tests have come back normal. She even had the Mirena birth control IUD removed early on in hopes this was messing her up. The only things that have come back abnormal are an unintentional loss of almost 40 pounds, and was told she had chronic endometritis.

    Any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for the answer – no she’s not on any medications right now.

    1. Continue

      She may have to go back 4 more work on what she had done.She needs An ERPTO to detect residue stones or damage to the duct bile, caused by the stones b-4 they were removed.Sometime the Ampulla of vatar is too tight 4 the bile to flow through & causes symptoms until it’s opened up.I hope all will go well with her.Please tell her to get checked.

  26. Lenchik

    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??

  27. mrs.sexyone

    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

    1. christibro40

      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,

  28. the_asian

    Any one want to give a shot at a diagnosis?
    My symptoms started suddenly with just myoclonus and a hand tremor last year March and the list has slowly been growing since then. They now include:

    Spinal myoclonus in the abdominal area that gets when I’m lying down
    Tremor in the right hand that sometimes spreads up my arm and in to my shoulders and left arm and hand
    Bad headaches
    Memory disturbances
    Speech difficulties, written and oral
    Fasciculations in my legs
    Tiredness
    Vision disturbences – blurred vision that goes away if I keep my eyes closed for a few seconds or if I blink a couple of times and I also sometimes see these spots

    My first neurologist ran all sorts of tests which included blood tests (some of them were iron and magnesium levels; thyroid, kidney and liver function; ANA), MRI scans, EEG, EMG and a lumbar puncture and everything was normal. We tried to keep the myoclonus under control with sodium valproate at first which worked pretty well until I was taking a dose that my body couldn’t handle and I ended up with what was suspected valproate toxicity (I say suspected because the levels were actually still within the normal range) Clobazam and clonazepam had no effect whatsoever. Levetiracetam worked to a certain extent when taken with sodium valproate. My neurologist was completely baffled by me so she sent me to a more senior neurologist who now has me on sodium valproate and lamotrigine, which is also only working to a certain extent. The new neurologist mentioned things like lupus, lyme disease and lafora disease but he said we can’t make a definite diagnosis yet because he would like to have me under “observation” for a while.

    I was just wondering if anyone else had something else to add to the pot of possibilities or if anyone could tell me which one of the diseases is more likely. I’ve done quite a bit of research and nothing really jumps out at me

  29. <3 Bee <3

    End-stage kidney failure?
    My mother was diagnosed with this disease about eight years ago, when she had my sister. She is 40 now. My sister was born 2 months premature, because my mom’s blood was entoxicated,(poisoned). She was told , by her good-for-nothing-doctor(who is now being sewed for malpractice) that both of her kidneys were now completely shriveled , and dry like a raisin. Well that is true, but now after all this time, she’s having trouble with her heart. It works 30% , the normal percent for a healthy person is: 50%. And now she’s scared of getting lupus. She was rushed to the hospital today, because her blood pressure was going nuts. Since, she was switched from the hemo to the blood dyalisis, she has to be careful with her liquid intake. The medicine was a pain reliever given by her doc. to calm the pain of her surgery down. They operated her left arm, where they placed the permanent place for her new dyalisis type.
    Can she actually be at risk of getting lupus? And what are the symptoms. Help?!?

    1. kerrbear

      I have Lupus. Dx’d in 1985. My kidneys failed as a result of lupus. I don’t know, she may have had lupus for sometime. It is common for it to flare during pregnancy and women in their child bearing years are at increased risk. Common signs of lupus are:

      Red rash or color change on the face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the nose and cheeks

      Painful swollen joints

      Unexplained fever – low grade

      Chest pain with deep breathing – Pleurisy

      Swollen glands

      Extreme fatigue (feeling tired all the time)

      Unusual hair loss (mainly on the scalp)

      Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress

      Sensitivity to the sun

      Low blood count

      Depression, trouble thinking, and/or memory problems

      Other signs are mouth sores, unexplained seizures (convulsions), “seeing things” (hallucinations), repeated miscarriages, and unexplained kidney problems.
      Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning the bodies own immune system attacks itself. The immune system’s job is to fight foreign substances in the body, like germs and viruses. But in autoimmune diseases, the immune system is out of control. It attacks healthy tissues, not germs. Any organ of the body may be targetted, including the heart and kidneys.

      You can’t catch lupus from another person. It isn’t cancer, and it isn’t related to AIDS. Lupus a very complex disease and is sometimes very hard to dx and some pts. go for years undiagnosed as in my case. It took a couple of years and I had most of the classic symptoms.

  30. Dance-a-Holic

    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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