Clinical studies indicate that emu oil and Vitamin E are very effective in the treatment of skin rashes.  Moreover, neither of them cause any of the potentially harmful side effects that could be triggered off by other chemicals.

What Is Skin Rash?

Skin rash refers to any skin condition that causes disturbances in the skin.  Often a skin rash will have varied symptoms including pain, burning, itching or swelling.  Sometimes there can be raised bumps or blotches and redness too.  The rash may be all over the body or it may be localized and restricted to one small area.

What Causes Rashes?

There are many triggers that can cause skin rashes including systemic illnesses such as lupus and lyme disease or an infestation caused by small parasites such as lice and mites. Very often, skin rashes are caused because of a reaction to harsh chemicals or by some form of infections be it viral, bacterial or fungal.  Allergic reactions can also often manifest as skin rashes.  The good news is that you can get some level of relief using emu oil and Vitamin E for skin rashes no matter what their cause.

How Does Emu Oil and Vitamin E Help?

Protecting your skin against rashes includes prevention from getting them in the first place as well as relieving symptoms and assistance with healing should you get them.  Using emu oil and Vitamin E for skin rashes helps on all these fronts.  Products containing these ingredients help maintain good skin health to avoid getting many rashes in the first place.  They also have properties that assist in accelerating healing and relief from pain and discomfort once the rash has surfaced.

Using emu oil for skin rashes has been a common practice with the Aborigines in Australia for thousands upon thousands of years.  Even without the benefits of modern science, these people recognized its potential healing powers.  Today we have seen scientific proof that using emu oil for skin rashes helps reduce inflammation, retard the growth of bacteria and other harmful microbes and relieve pain.  Paired with the impressive antioxidant properties of Vitamin E, products containing emu oil for skin rashes can be amazingly beneficial.

34 thoughts on “Lupus Skin Rash On Arms

  1. tammy_lynn2003

    i have lupus and fibromyalgia and im diabetic,what im concerned about is this skin rash that?
    on my legs above my ankles and below my calfs and on my arms above my wrists and below my elbows.i do not use any body soaps with smells and i do not use any clothing soaps or softners with any smells or dies and i dont understand what the prob is,i stay out of the sun and i dont eat bad foods im at my witts on what this is, and as far as my house being unclean thats not a case i do not use harsh cleaing chemicals but i have noticed when i am asleep those places ive mentioned on my body sweat and then itch,so this is off,any way i need some feedback and my house does any have any fleas or bugs im very up on that

  2. Elise

    How accurate is the diagnosis of Lupus from the results of a skin biopsy?
    I developed a rash three weeks ago. It began as one scabbed-over little hole in my thigh. Then it spread all over my stomach, eventually to my arms, and neck. They start as little red hard bumps, then kind of look like a pimple, but you cant pop it, then they become little indents of scabs in my skin for weeks. I have been extermely emotional lately, crying very easily and generally feeling depressed. I have also skipped my a few periods (and Im sure Im not pregnant) The doctor performed a skin biopsy on one of the bumps. He mentioned he was looking for excema, but i don’t know if that has anything to do with the type of skin biopsy or test he ordered. The results came back as lupus, however i don’t have the butterfly rash or joint pain that are symptoms of lupus. My skin rash symptoms are not sun related, since the rash began in areas of my body that never see the sun. I also dont have a family history of lupus. How accurate are the results of a skin biopsy? Could this be lyme disease?

  3. Melissa F

    Please Help Me! I’ve Had An Itchy Rash That Has Lasted Four Months. Lupus Rash?
    I’ve had a rash that started on my upper back that appeared after tanning one night. I’ve tanned before and never had this happen so I didn’t think it could be the tanning bed. Well I continued to tan and the rash begin to spread to my chest and then down my arms and on top of my hands. Then it spread over my cheekbones and over the bridge of my nose. It only appears in sun exposed areas. It’s stings, and itches and feels like it has a fever. It’s dry, scaly and shiny looking. I’ve spoken to several doctors and they all blame the tanning bed even though it’s been several weeks since I’ve been in one. When I get into the sun or around heat it seems to flare up more. From the pictures I’ve seen on the internet it resembles the lupus rash, especially the one on my face. I’ve had almost every symptom of lupus with other problems I’ve had but it seems like lupus rashes are not itchy nor do they have fever like mine. I’m a white female and I’m 28 years old. I’m also starting to see white spots all over my skin where the rash is present, like sun spots. I’ve tried-benadryl, hydrocortisone, bactriban, neosporin, nystatin, and various other anti-histammines etc. nothing relieves the itch or burn. This is driving me mad and becoming very bothersome. If anyone could please help me I would appreciate dearly. Thanks

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  4. alisiacara

    Lupus, can a skin sample diagnose it?How long is test to results?
    my daughter has a rash on her arm- sampled, her face and lips and in her mouth. they seem to start from exposure to the sun.
    took test yesterday-tuesday

    1. New York Chick

      Lupus is usually diagnosed with a blood test and the results came back to me in about one week. Unfortunately, the rash is a classic symptom after sun exposure, but it could also be nothing but a sun rash. It is very hard to diagnose Lupus, because the symptoms are so wide and varied. In order to be truly diagnosed you must have the blood test as well as several other symptoms. It is very possible to get false results on the blood test as well….which makes it that much more frustrating. I would take your doctor to a good Internist for testing. Many Rhuemetologists also have experience in diagnosing Lupus, because of the joint pain associated with it, so if you know of one, that is an idea also. My advice is to try not to worry too much, because one symptom does not mean she has Lupus. Take care and I hope things work out for you and her. Lupus is not fun.

  5. 4 due in Sept 2011

    doctor testing for lupus? because of rash?
    rash started small on arm thought was an allergic reaction to something,

    then it spread on more of arm and leg thought was staph infection
    treated no luck

    its not staph its also not scabes or bed bugs,

    they are saying it looks like blood pockets where blood is comming to the skin surface and then some spots where those are inflamed

    it has spread and is all over my body but the main spots is my arms and fingers and palms of hands

    also had severe back pain since around the time this rash started and very tired and no appitite hardly

    what would you think i can take pictures if you want to see if you think you may know what it is

  6. PrincessAsh23

    I am sick with Lupus and need help! Can anyone answer my questions? I would like to find someone to talk to!?
    I have been sick afflicted with a mystery illness since I was 13. By the time I was 18, I had a heart problem, liver disease, a ruptured Gallbladder and Peritonitis (infected abdominal cavity) from which I almost died. I am now 23. For the past three years I have had skin rash, mouth sores, nausea, bad joint pain in my knees and shoulders, fevers, tremors and left-side arm/hand weakeness. In the past year I was in the ER for four bouts of Pleurisy, fluid on the heart and Pnemonia.My doctor told me I had Fibromyalgia and Lupus. Now they are suspecting MS (Multiple Sclerosis) as well. I am depressed and I can’t cry anymore. I can’t work and I am tired all the time. I take Vicodon, Percocet, Promethazine and Naprosyn. I still don’t feel well and I am suicidal. I have a good support system but I am tired of being sick. I want to feel good and be young. I want the opportunity to have children and get married. I have a wonderful fiance and he loves me. Can someone give me advice? Hope?

  7. Shelly H

    can someone who has lupus give me some advice?
    for the past 5 months…i’ve had a spreading rash on my body…started on my chest (for about 3 months)…didn’t panic about that….but then it spread to my leg, shoulders and arms. I then booked an apt with a well know dermatologist practice in the area. I saw a young trainee and she told me i had ringworm…gave me 2 weeks worth of medication and asked me to get blood work done.
    this didn’t work so when i went back the 2 weeks later…another doctor met with me and said i’m sorry but you don’t have ringworm…we believe its lupus. she said we need to take a skin sample to do a biopsy and will get back to you within 10 days.
    friday willl be the 10th day…but since i’ve met with them 5 days ago….its gotten even worse…should i call up today ????
    also what is the treatment ???
    what helps to cover up the rash ??? spray tan ????
    i just need to know as much info as possible about lupus…i’ve googled of course but i want to hear from someone who has it.
    i have had hair loss….some fatigue (but maybe thats in my head )…and my wrists do ache in winter time……i’m 28 years old !! female
    i know everyone talks about the butterfly rash…i do not have this. – no rash on my face of yet.
    just the other areas i mentioned…starting to see tiny spots coming on my hands and feet.

  8. Lulin the Nephilim

    Peculiar symptoms..? What’s wrong with me?
    If you are not in the medical field or studying medicine or have not experienced these symptoms as well, then please don’t give your input. If you know someone that has had these symptoms, that is acceptable, I am willing to hear anyones opinion except from those that have no idea what they are talking about or have something nasty to say.
    I have a long list of symptoms; I am not a hypochondriac; I don’t have insurance so I can’t see a doctor about it right now.
    I have nearly all the symptoms of Lupus and Cushings Disease, but my previous doctor last year dismissed my concerns and diagnosed me with Poly cystic Ovarian Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Hepatitis B. My PCOS diagnoses was just him saying he’s sure I have that because of some symptoms. I had blood work and my ovaries came back just fine, yet I was still diagnosed with PCOS anyway.
    Ok, symptoms: Daily fatigue, awful back and shoulder pain, upper body obesity, a rounded face, increased fat around the neck, and relatively slender arms and legs,bruises easily, and heals poorly., never developed breasts, no period for over a year (I’m 25), thinning hair on scalp, but hirotism (excessive body hair), stomach discomfort, urine smells very strong of ammonia without signs that it’s a UTI. Dark circles under my eyes, excessive thirst, bright red cheeks, diagnosed with osteoperosis I’m 25!!! skin problems including frequent acne around my chin (I never had acne as a teen), Depression & Anxiety, Keratosis Pilaris on my upper arms (the excess production of keratin, creates a goose-bump appearance), boils and bumps on butt, now a rash on my butt! I know I sound disgusting, but please don’t make me feel worse than I already do about myself. Please help me out if you are familiar with these problems… I’m sure I have other problems that I’m not contributing to the list, so if you want to ask if I have other symptoms, please ask and I will answer asap.
    Thank you both for your responses, however – I have already been tested numerous times for thyroid problems and they function very well. As for diabeties, my fasting glycemia level is 79-80, so I’m nowhere near diabeties, I’m closer to hypoglycemia, but not that either. As for meningitus, I was also tested for that a while ago and that was negative. I have Hep B. so that could explain a liver problem, since Hep B eats at your liver when in flare. I was told to keep an eye on a stomach rash or soreness around the liver, which I don’t have. So I’m not concerned about a liver problem right now. Anyone else have any ideas?
    My BMI is high, it’s 27. I am just below obesity, which really sucks. I used to be very thin and active – age 20/21 I was 80lbs lighter and much more active. Over 5 years I have gained 80lbs and pain has overwhelmed me to the point where I am not as active. I play with my son and I am a postal worker – so I get mild/moderate exercise, but at the end of the day, I’m wiped out and in pain. For osteo – I consume a lot of Vit D and normally take supplements. Lupus, I was unaware of the plastics! I am constantly drinking from plastic bottles and cans without washing. I only run my fruits & veggies under a cold tap for maybe 30 seconds before consuming… so I guess that’s bad. Steroids, I can’t recall ever taking any – but it’s possible.

  9. Alanarama

    can anyone with lupus help please?
    i have recently been diagnose with raynauds syndrome which i understand can be a symtom of lupus.
    i have been to the doctors and bloods have been taken and sent off to find the cause of my raynauds i am just waiting for the results, but i am extremely worried. i have other symptoms of lupus too i just didnt realise they were symptoms of it.
    here goes
    ranaud’s symdrome
    white patches of skin near my eyes, genitalia, hips, and underarms
    butterfly rash
    aching knees (comes and goes)
    random nose bleeds (althouh i havent had one in a while)
    really red blistered toes
    chest pain when i breathe in sometimes(can be in my shoulder too)
    feelings of nausea or being sick for aparently no reason
    fever-i always feel freezing and have to wrap up but my boyfriend tells me iam really hot but i insist i am freezing cold
    abdominal pain and wierd feelings in my stomach
    red spots on my skin that come and go
    tingling and numbness in my arms mainly but sometimes in my legs
    i have been ill several times and they found exess protein in my unrine
    i get like blisters on my fingers and toes
    mostiof the time i want to do something but just feel “whats the point” or “im too tired”

    i think really what im wanting is your opinions if it could be lupus? or could it be something else? i guess i am just looking for reassurance. any help will be greatly appreciated, and any advice too, thanks xx

  10. carol

    Is there a doctor in Chicago or Southwest Suburbs who can help me?
    Terribly ill for 33 months with burning rashes, blotches and burning skin without them. The blotches never go away, the rashes do somewhat with hydrocortisone cream, but always come back on my arms, legs, abdomen, back of thighs, and butt. Sometimes my eyes feel like someone is sticking needles in them, and they have been red for 33 months and burning and itching. Muscle spasms, muscle twitching, burning in mouth, and bad taste. Blurred vision occasionaly, nausea, severe with occasional vomiting, dizzy. Can hardly eat or even drink much so constanly dehydrated.
    Also a feeling as if someone put ice cubes on my ears and scalp. My mouth, hands, feet and ears turn so red, I almost look purple. abdominal cramps so bad I want to die, no diarrhea. Terrible fatigue, I imagine from not eating and sleeping. Only the gastroenterologist (diagnosed with hiatal hernia, ulcer, colitis, diverticulosis, liver cysts, ovarian cyst – found during a cat scan, endoscopic, and colonoscopy) and the allergist (who said no allergy, histamine level low, no lupus or thyroid or adrenal disease,- the other doctors, and many emergency visits ended up with the same thing-
    antihistamines, steroids, tranquilizers, and antidepressants that didn’t work, and a few almost killed me. I am in agony, the pain is on a scale off 1-10 anywhere from a 3-8, most of the time 7-8.
    I am constantly in the shower for the burning, probably psychological that it works, I don’t know what to do. I do have darvocet for pain, not worth taking for mild, take it for moderate pain, knock myself out with sleeping pills for the severe. I can many days barely make it to the bathroom, so I am alone with no human contact, and rarely even get to Church, which I love dearly, or spend time with my grandchildren who are my life. The other day I could not even sit in the park for more than 15 minutes watching them. If someone can help me. The doctors, took my insurance, copays, and did nothing more than repeat blood tests that were already taken 15 times, then they send a bill for copays. I am in a living hell. Of course I am agitated, right now my scalp felt like someone stabbed me with a knife. have to get off. Please, someone help me, carol m
    Also, sometimes my whole body shakes, and my thinking is ubelievably foggy. I am in front of a fan 24 hours a day.
    While I appreciate everyone trying to answer my question, I think the point has been missed; no sarcasm intended. The answer was comparable to yes there are medcines in the pharmacy. That will do me no good. I need to know if anyone knows a specific doctor who actually listens to their patients, takes tests, and really tries to find out what is wrong, The doctors I saw, gave me pills, and told me to see a shrink. In the meantime I am getting worse. Not long ago, I was in so much pain, I was standing in the middle of my bedroom, couldn’t sit, or touch anything, the pain was so bad. , crying. had just been to the emergency room two days before. They did nothing and I had to pay cabfare home. If anyone goes to or knows such a doctor I would appreciate knowing their name. thank you. I knock myself out all day or night cause I cannot take the pain, etc. anymore. Of course I get immune to the pills, as I am now, I have not slept since I don’t know when. I can’t see straight.

  11. Pseudo Nym

    Can the ER diagnose Lupus?
    A little back story- I have several symptoms of lupus. Excessive tiredness, joint pain, painful skin rashes that come and go, mouth ulcers, all that stuff. My physician doesn’t seem to take me seriously when I say I don’t feel well, or that antihistamines and itch creams do not help my rashes. My fingers do not turn blue when cold, but the nail beds do. So far the skin rashes have been mild. It’ll start with a few bumps somewhere and by a few days later I have several small patches of itchy, painful rash that take a week or two to resolve. The worst case I’ve dealt with, until now, was during a trip to the beach. I thought maybe I was sensitive to something new I encountered on my trip and again allergy meds and creams did nothing. It wasn’t until I started reading about Lupus that I found out about photosensitivity and rashes caused by sun exposure. That incident took 3 weeks to fully resolve.

    Starting two weeks ago I started getting tired, almost zombie like. I was very groggy, couldn’t think straight, and my hands HURT. The only comfortable position I could keep my hands in were balled in a loose fist, extending the fingers was painful. That eased up a bit, but body aches soon kicked in, and are worst first thing in the morning. On Saturday I noticed a weird spot on my upper thigh that looked like rug burn under the skin. Nothing raised, no sores, pain or itching involved. By last night I had a couple of bumps surface and that was it before bed. When I awoke this morning my thighs burned. I had an intense rash down the front and inner parts of both thighs. The rash bumps thinned out but still continued to my calfs. I also have patches of bumps on the nape of my neck, my shoulder, my ribs and I have non-raised red spots on the back of my hands and underside of my right arm.

    I am tired of my doctor’s lack of understanding of the issue. I went in last week for the pain and fatigue and he wanted to test my thyroid and other basic blood levels. All was normal except for my vitamin D, which I take a daily supplement for already so I found it odd that it was low. More research has revealed that lupus patients often struggle with low vitamin D. I’m afraid that if I go to my doctor that he’ll try to brush this off as a basic rash and send me home with another cream that will do nothing for me. If I go the ER will they be able to do anything? I want to be seen with the rash in full force, so waiting for an opening at a new physician’s office won’t do. I don’t want to waste a trip to the ER if they’re just going to tell me to see my primary doctor.

    Advice please!

    1. 2blest2Bstrest

      Better than waiting for a rash……. From the sound of it, you very much need to have the thyroid testing … TSH and Antibodies (make sure BOTH!) All of this can be from thyroid disease.


  12. Anonymous

    Could it possibly be Lupus?
    I’m very tired of being treated as though I’m just going nuts. A hypochondriac in a sense. I’m not…I’m sick. Without much to back up what is causing it. The symptoms mainly started when I was around 18…I’m 24 now. I’ve been to the doctor many times being told the same thing. I’m perfectly fine. One doctor finally took into consideration I had a list of symptoms too long for my age and sent me to a digestive specialist. I wasn’t able to continue seeing the specialist, but from the two visits I was able to attend, he determined I had GERD. But I just keep getting worse. It’s not just my upper digestive system, it’s my entire digestive system. Nothing seems to work properly. I’m vomiting in the mornings from acid and bile building up in my stomach throughout the night. I can hardly eat anything without feeling nauseated afterward. My stool varies in color and texture. Some days it’s near normal, others is sticky, others it’s like water. I stay pretty bloated the majority of the time. So bloated and gassy that I have to where a pant size larger than usual. I have to pee once or twice an hour. I get chest pains that are more than likely associated with pain in my esophagus. It’s pretty deep and aching.

    Aside from my digestive problems, just last year I started developing eye and skin problems. I’ve never had any problems with my eyes. Never needed glasses. I’ve started having static like vision (visual snow), I sometimes see bright spots (seeing stars), I’ve noticed an increase in floaters in my vision. Some have came and gone…others are still around. I feel what feels like sparks bursting in the inner corners of my eyes several times a week. I see ghosting. Distant objects are now slightly blurred and my eyes tend to stay dry. All of this developed within the last year. The eye doctor said I had developed an astigmatism. Seems like more is going on than that…just in the last 5 months since my visit to the eye doctor…the symptoms have worsened. Seems a bit quick and much to just be an astigmatism.

    My skin problems started developing around the same time my eye troubles started. I started out just getting a rash on my side. It wasn’t raised…more like a big red blotch. Didn’t itch. I didn’t pay much attention to it until I noticed over a week period it had come and gone in the same spot 3 different times. A few weeks later I started breaking out in hives. They started just on my thighs, then progressed to my entire body over time. They wouldn’t go away unless I laid down, and even then it took hours before the majority would cease. Hives became an ongoing problem that randomly popped up for about 8 months. I could never find a trigger for them. Some days I’d be working and notice them, others I’d wake up and have them…indoors, outdoors, no food allergies, no medication…stress…nothing. I could never find anything. I haven’t really had an outbreak in hives now for about 3 or 4 months. Instead I’ve been getting itchy skin (not dry skin), and more red blotches (not raised) on my skin. First they were mainly coming on my chest, then I started getting them on my hands, feet, stomach, legs…wherever. They seem to start on my chest. Sometimes they itch…sometimes they don’t.

    My symptoms all come and go…aside my eye problems. The dryness in my eyes come and go…but the rest stay pretty constant. But my digestive problems and my skin problems come and go. I have no thoughts as to what may trigger these problems.

    I know that is a lot to read, so if you’ve done so, thank you. Aside from all of that, I stay tired, I have minor body aches that come and go. Especially in my arms and in my knees. I find some days I can’t think as clearly as others…mild confusion occasionally. I have good days and just down right nasty hateful days. Dunno why. I stay depressed for weeks at a time. I went to a State Park just two days ago. It was a cold but sunny day. First time I’ve really been out in the sun that long in months. That night I noticed the butterfly rash across my nose and cheeks. Not a sun burn. It faded yesterday for a few hours and today it’s darker again. This is what made me begin thinking…could this be Lupus? and yes, it does run in both sides of my family. Lupus and Leukemia both do. I’ve had several people tell me even on good days…”You don’t look so good” My last employer told me I wasn’t working out because I just seemed too drained all the time.

    I am uninsured now, and I’m not sure how I would get tested for Lupus…or even how they test for it at all. I’ve read some websites about Lupus, it just seems like such a complicated disease. Any thoughts? Thanks again.
    I forgot to mention my miscarriages. I’ve had 4 healthy children, yet before and after my successful pregnancies, I’ve had 6 miscarriages without a reason being determined. Dunno if that has any relation to this…but thought I’d add it.

  13. Snooks M

    I think I could have lupus but I am not sure how to talk to my dcotor about it..?
    When I was younger I tested positive for Lupus but my pediatrician said because I didn’t have a butterfly rash, he didn’t think I had it. So he gave me athritis meds and said I had rheumatoid athritis and sent me on my way. Years later I still suffer from the joint pain in my hands, hips, back and legs. I am exausted all the time, I have been diagnosed with anemia. I have been having emense pain in my lower back but it doesnt feel like my spine. I can’t stretch it out, I feel as if I am being stabbed. I am also on meds to control night terrors, paranoia and hypopalmic Hallucinations. I have super bad dry skin that causes these red bumps all over my arms form the wrist up even to my back and my face feels like sand paper. I feel as if they are treating the symptoms but not the problem. They give me ambien to force me to sleep. I have sever headaches and even dizzy spells. When I talk to my doc, he never runs tests just tells me to buy lotion which I own tons and pills for motion sickne
    ss. I just want to feel well again. I am tired of being in Pain. I need referals to go somewhere and he doesnt’t even refer me to a specialsist to get answers

    1. mgnysgtcappo

      You need to demand that you see a specialist. A doctor has an obligation to help you feel better. If he can’t then he needs to send you to someone who does.

      Here’s what you should do. Call and make and appointment with him. Prior to going to your appointment make a list of every symptom that you are having along with all the medications that you are taking. Have a family member come with you as an advocate. When the doctor comes into the room calmly and methodically go over the list of symptoms and medications that you are taking. Tell him that you don’t feel better and all of the medications aren’t helping. Tell him that you desire a second opinion and need a referral to a rheumatologist.

      He’ll either do one of two things. He’ll either refer you to a rheumatologist or he’ll tell you that you don’t need to see anyone else. If he gives you the referral then you’re good.

      If not then you let him know that you’ll be making an appointment on your own to see a rheumatologist for a second opinion. If they find something that he failed to test for then you will report him to the AMA for possible malpractice.

      Once you mention this he’ll give you the referral. No doctor wants to be wrong but no doctor wants to be reported to the AMA for failing to listen to a patients complaints only to have those complaints validated. I know it sounds harsh but you really need to get some answers. This will work 100% of the time.

      Having a family member or a friend in the room with you during this will also put more pressure on him/her as it’s not just your word against his/hers anymore you have a third party involved.

      The stabbing pain you feel in your back could be kidney issues. Have you had a urine test recently? I would make sure you follow up as soon as you can because if you do have Lupus and it has attacked your kidneys, time is of the essence.

      I wish you all the best!

  14. krista w

    Do i have lupus?
    i have a skin rash that is on my stomach, arms and back. i was tested for autoimmune, my doc thinks i am negative, however i had a ANA of 1:160, pattern of mixed: homogenous & speckled, and had an ESR of 4. i’m not sure if these values are good, or should i see a specialist?

  15. TG

    Do I wait or go to the Emergency room?
    I am in chronic pain with a whole lot of problems. It’s been going on for months now and I may finally have an answer..but it’s not a good one. All signs are pointing to an autoimmune disesase (mainly lupus), I have all the signs including hte facial rash. I was at the Doctor yesterday and I had a large amount of blood in my urine. Also, I woke up yesterday wth blurry vision and still have it. I can cbarely read now and everyting is blurry. My blood pressure is 145/90 ..used tobe 90/60! I have a low grade fever and just feel sick all over. Now today it is getting harder to urinate. I feel the need to go and then it takes me a while to actually go. Then I only go a little bit. Honestly, I’m SCARED! THe blood tests won’t be back til next week and I can’t get to a rheumatologist until the 24th. I feel like I’m on fire and now I seem to be losing color in my skin in places. I have whitish spots forming on my arms and a few on my legs. Can I wait this out or what should I do?

  16. Kimberly F

    Do I have Lupus? Should I get it checked out?
    I have looked up the symptoms of this illness and while I have many of them I’m not sure if it’s worth getting checked out. I have skin rashes, not on my face usually, but on my arms and legs. I have mild to extreme fatigue even if I am only walking, and I wouldn’t consider myself out of shape, being a normally active girl. Hair loss in an even spread around my scalp is also a problem. While its not visual noticeable, I can tell my hair is nowhere near as thick as it use to be, and handfuls of hair come out for 3 or 4 days straight off and on. I often feel depressed or nervous. Generally I just feel weak, like I have no energy.

    1. patricia c

      you sure have a lot of symptoms , first go to your Dr. get all this stuff answered so you know for sure.then you get some counseling.good luck ,and don’t look up any more symptoms or diagnoses.

  17. Reiley R

    Purple skin after shower and pimply like bumps?
    Ok, so I take showers. they’re not too hot… i don’t like to burn myself. while im in the shower, my skin seems fine, but as soon as i turn the water off, my whole body, but especially my legs, get this purple lacy rash thing that itches like CRAZY. once i step out and rub myself down with my towel (dries and itches at the same time) it goes to red, then fades back to my normal skin color, but remains itchy for about half an hour or so.
    my question is why???

    also my arms get pimple like bumps on them and get very red and rashy looking if i wear a sweater or something of that sort. not t shirts or smooth fabrics like that, but even cable knit ones give me rashes that itch. i don’t know if this is related or the same thing or something totally different from the shower thing, but it seems like there’s something wrong with my skin.

    also, if i itch my chest with even the lightest of touch, it turns red and rashy for hours.

    my mom has had lupus of the skin for 15 years as well as rosatia (spell?) and fibromyalga (spell?) so i worry about my health a lot because she has had so many problems.

    i would just like to know if this is something i should look into or not!

  18. CalaLilly

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

  19. Beth

    I had a skin biopsy Wednesday, I had two area’s that needed looked at.?
    Five years ago this coming July I was diagnosed with Invasive Malignant Melanoma Clark’s Level II, they removed all of the melanoma and all has been good, except for the mental part of cancer.
    On Wednesday 2/24/2010 I had a small mole removed. I also had a area removed from one of my toes. I had the biopsy on my toe to find out if I had Raynaud’s (lupus).
    The other biopsy was of a mole on my upper arm-lower shoulder, (I didn’t think anything of it being the same arm) the same arm the melanoma was found in the front side of the arm.
    My question is I had a bad rash around the biopsy site was wondering if anyone else may have had a rash or trouble healing after the biopsy and before their results/diagnosis has returned & if those results was melanoma & if this was my body was telling me something. I had trouble with healing on the one 5 yrs ago.

  20. Ursula

    I have an undiagnosed condition and need help!?
    I am a 20 year old female who has been having stomach problems for the past year or so, and it has gotten much worse in the past six months. The symptoms are now starting to affect more parts of my body, and the pain can be debilitating and is affecting my schoolwork. I was tested for thyroid issues and Celiac, but both were negative. I also went to the ER for abdominal pain a few weeks ago, but that didn’t turn up any new results.

    Here is a list of symptoms:

    Digestive symptoms – abdominal pain (sometimes crampy and all over, sometimes very sharp in right upper abdomen or left lower abdomen, sometimes made worse coughing or sneezing), LOTS of diarrhea, undigested food in stool almost every day, sometimes fat or mucus in stool, loss of appetite, lots of extreme bloating, some nausea/heartburn/dry-heaving, sometimes foods taste very different than they should (ex – candy tasting extremely acidic, milk tasting like sushi, plain white rice tasting nutty)

    Skin symptoms – I get a red skin rash almost every night or afternoon. It’s itchy, not raised, and not dry. It’s not related to any contact allergy or physical activity. Sometimes, it seems to happen more often or with more severity when I feel really warm or cold. My hair has thinned significantly in the past year, and I’ve started getting coarser hair elsewhere on my body (arms, face). My skin feels itchy most of the time.

    Nervous symptoms – extreme fatigue/malaise, depression/anxiety, headaches, trouble concentrating, photophobia and phonophobia, increased sensitivity to cold and heat, numbness in fingers

    Other symptoms – occasional low-grade fever, muscle weakness/pain, joint pain/swelling, easy bruising (once I got a bruise from the elastic band on my sweatpants and it wasn’t tight, another time on my arm from holding a package – the bruise was in a line from where the package was resting against my arm), I had some very mild jaundice and green-tinted urine at one point. I’m anemic and have high liver function according to the most recent tests. I don’t drink, and I don’t take any drugs unless they are prescribed (I deal with headaches by drinking water and resting). Small doses of Lortab helped relieve many of the digestive symptoms (prescribed by the ER). Diseases that have come up with my doctor are: lupus, Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, IBS, Celiac (apparently false negatives are common?), and diverticulitis. Also, gallstones and pancreatic cancer were suggested, but less likely. We are pretty sure it’s autoimmune.

    I’m sick of being sick, and am reaching out for help in every place possible. I would love any suggestions or ideas, questions to ask my doctor, tests to request, warm thoughts, or stories (if you had a similar illness and got a diagnosis or found a way to manage the symptoms). I’m seeing my doctor next week, but because I’ve already gone through two series of tests, I want to be more prepared this time to help lead to a diagnosis more quickly. Thanks in advance!

    1. Semper Fi

      You have a lot of symptoms that could indicate a variety of problems. Celiac Disease, possible intestinal obstruction (Intestinal carcinoma, lymphoma), bruising is indicative of a bleeding disorder such as Von Willebrand disease or leukemia. Upper right quadrant pain indicates gallbladder disease, especially if fever and nausea are present also. Some of your symptoms are also those that present with kidney disease and diabetes so you have a real jungle of symptoms which has a tendancy to lead me back to Celiac Disease because …

      Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder which can present with an amazing array of symptoms, Gastrointestinal (cramps, pain, bloating, fatty stools, nausea, vomiting), Neurological (tingling, numbness, nerve pain, fatigue, depression and more) and so it is just frustrating for people who have it yet have not been diagnosed plus false negative tests are common. The definitive diagnosis is based on a positive biopsy of the small intestine. It’s not uncommon to have a false negative blood test yet have a positive biopsy.

      If you had maybe thought you had Celiac Disease and went on a gluten free diet before being tested that could have created a false positive and it may create a false biopsy if you have been on the gluten free diet for anytime allowing your small intestinal cells to heal and the villi to re-establish. However that doesn’t sound likely that you have adapted the diet because you said you are still experiencing symptoms even though some people with refractory Celiac do not see a reversal of symptom via diet.

      If it were me I’d ask the doc to re-test for CD (blood work) and also do stool fat, total protein, albumin, calcium, vitamin b12, autoantibodies, vitamin d, vitamin e, CBC, CMP.

      Oftentimes Celiac Disease causes malabsorption (reason for fatty stool) and this in turn creates vitamin deficiencies within the fat soluble vitamins such as d, calcium, vitamin k. b12 and so forth. It also causes anemia in many people and a host of other symptoms and complications because (via autoimmune response) it can attack your organs such your heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas (autoimmune response) thereby creating symptom from those sources as well.

      Celiac Disease can also cause lactose intolerance (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea in severe cases) and so this complication could be a portion of your symptoms.

      I would suggest you keep a very concise diary of your symptoms, including when they occur (time, date, etc…) and of course exactly what they are. Note what you eat daily so that you can correlate your food intake with symptoms (note whether symptoms appear immediately after, within hours, or even a day or two after ingestion). Be as accurate as possible and by this I mean if you chew a stick of gum, write it down because …

      You’d be amazed how many products we eat contain wheat, barley or rye (sources of gluten) or are processed with wheat, barley or rye products. Even spices can contain wheat and wheat derivatives that contain gluten. If you drink wine the oaken cask it was probably aged in most likely was treated on the inside of the cask with a wheat paste to prevent leakage. That paste leaches into the wine and guess what? If you have CD you will most likely suffer intestinal damage.

      Of course I am not saying you have Celiac Disease. You may not have it at all. You may have something else entirely such as cancer that could present with a myriad of strange symptoms or it could be a combination of gallbladder disease (pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, jaundice are all possible symptoms) and kidney disease. Now, don’t let what I write frighten you, simply get your doc to rule various possibilities out by doing the appropriate tests.

      I wish you better health 🙂

  21. britters *

    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!!!

    1. Tuning In...

      Sounds like Cryoglobulinemia.

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

      Difficulty breathing
      Joint pain
      Muscle pain
      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:

      Chest x-ray
      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.

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