Caught a virus and starting to experience severe headaches? If you start to have severe viral infection headaches, then you should check them out. It will be a good idea to ensure that your symptoms do not point to a case of meningitis. There are serious consequences from having meningitis.

So what is meningitis all about? This is an infection in the membrane that surrounds your brain. Brain and spinal cord infections can be very dangerous because they cause inflammation, which places pressure on your nerves.

This will cause you to have a viral infection headache.

Inflammation can also cause the following symptoms:
* Fever
* Severe headache
* Feeling confused

Severe inflammation can cause these symptoms:
* Brain damage
* Stroke
* Seizures
* Death

A bacterial infection or virus causes meningitis. The body can usually fight and beat an infection. However, when the infection travels into the blood stream, it can then go into your brain and spinal cord fluid. It can then affect your nerves and move into the brain causing inflammation and swelling.

This can damage or kill nerve cells and cause bleeding in the brain. It can also cause you to have a viral infection headache.

Brain swelling is very dangerous because the brain is a soft organ in a hard box (the skull). If the brain swells, there is nowhere for it to go, except against the walls of the skull. This is what causes the most damage.

There are several causes of meningitis.

These include

* Bacterial infection

* Viral infection

* Fungal infection

* A reaction to medications

* A reaction to medical treatments

* Lupus

* Some forms of cancer

* A trauma to the head or back

Bacterial meningitis is the worst type because it can kill you. It often begins as an upper respiratory tract infection. From there it travels through your blood vessels to your brain. Then it can block up your blood vessels inside your brain triggering a stroke and brain damage.

Viral meningitis is the most common form.

Usually viruses that enter your body through your mouth before going to your brain and multiplying cause it. You can find these viruses in the mucus, saliva and feces.

Other viruses that may cause meningitis include:

* Chicken pox

* Flu

* Mumps


* Genital herpes

Anyone can catch meningitis. This is especially true if your immune system is weak.

Meningitis often begins like the flu does. You may get a rash.

The major symptoms include:

* Running a sudden fever

* A severe headache

* Stiff neck

* Dislike of light

Bacterial meningitis must be treated quickly. Severe bacterial meningitis will require intravenous antibiotics. On the other hand, antibiotics cannot be used to treat viral meningitis because they do not kill viruses.

Whether you are having bacterial or viral meningitis, what would be best for yourself is to get plenty of rest and give your body a break. In the meantime, drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins and go easy on your diet.

Do follow the recommendations by your doctor during this period. Your viral infection headache and other symptoms will start to subside as your body recovers.

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79 thoughts on “Symptoms Of Lupus Headaches

  1. Lucy This or That

    Can someone please diagnose my symptoms? Lupus possibly?
    I have developed a rash on my stomach that has began to spread up to my upper arm. I first developed this rash when I was twelve. I didn’t think much of it, but now since it has began to spread it has become a concern. It is flaky and very itchy. Even after I apply lotion it is still very itchty. They are brown-ish circles. It has just recently began to increase in itchiness.
    In the past month I have felt very sick. I have never in my life fainted, but I came very close two times. I began to black out and become dizzy. I almost completley passed out I was sweating profusely and then I sat down and I was fine. I had no anxiety..I was fine all day and I had eaten..I made sure of it. My eating habits are very healthy. My knees were not locked. I have no idea what brought this spell on.
    Also, I have been feeling a litte depressed, more than usual, recently as well.
    I have been running a fever on and off all month..and just feeling sick as well.
    I never get sick. I have also been expericing more headaches. Lupus crossed my mind, but I am unsure if I am just jumping to conclusions…also diabetes crossed my mind, that runs in my family.
    I was unsure what category to put this in…
    Anyways, I was just hoping for a diagnosis and what steps I should take to get rid of my symptoms..
    Thank you so much…

  2. karen b

    what are the symptoms of lupus or eosinophilic gatroenteritis?
    My doctor thanks i have one of the two lupus or eosinophilic gatroenteritis.
    My symptoms am having now are?
    joint pain
    muscle pain
    hearing problems
    black lines and dots in vison
    swollen glands
    can some one tell me some more about lupus or eosinophilic gatroenteritis?

    1. marzypan

      Lupus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that can affect virtually any system in the body. Think of it as a ‘self-allergy’ where the body attacks its own cells and tissues, causing inflammation, pain, and possible organ damage.

      Eosinophilic gastroenteritis is a rare digestive disease characterized by the presence of a particular type of white blood cell (eosinophils) in one or more of the three layers that make up the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This includes the stomach, small intestines, and large intestines.

  3. jones

    lupus symptoms can anyone help please?
    hi all. i have joint pain in my fingers and ankles, blisters in the back of my throat, feel sick, heavy flu like symptoms, pain near my right kidney and abdomen, feel vague, slight rash on my face which ive had for years which comes and goes. headaches and FATIGUE. i have lupus in my family could i have it? can anyone give me any advice please?

    1. Linda R

      Those symptoms could mean lupus or any one of a number of other disorders/diseases. If someone in your family (first degree relative) has lupus then your chances are just a tiny bit higher than other folks. But there are cases of absolutely identical twins where one develops lupus and the other does not.

      You need to see a rheumatologist, the kind of doctor who is trained in diagnosing lupus. Sadly, most general doctors are not good at this. When you see the doc, simply present your symptoms. If you go in having diagnosed yourself you won’t get anywhere.

      Lupus kidney disease does not cause kidney pain. Most people don’t know they have it until the kidneys are seriously involved. It is usually diagnosed because protein and/or cellular casts appear in the urine.

      Tell the doctor what your symptoms are, how long you have had them, how severe they are, what makes them feel better or worse and then let the doctor make the diagnosis.

  4. gamefreak1972

    odd symptoms? Headache, burning ears, burning skin..?
    ok, so a friend of mine gets headaches (sometimes migraines too), but whats odd is that lately she’s been complaining about her skin having a burning sensation as well. She says its usually her ears, but sometimes forehead, face or back also. She says it feels like a sunburn…but there is no redness, and it really doesnt feel any warmer to the touch like a real sunburn would. Her skin overall seems a lot more sensitive than normal as well. While this is going on, she also seems a bit more moody/grumpy, though I guess if my skin felt burnt for no obvious reason and my head hurt I’d be cranky too…

    No meds, tho she does take a GNC vitamin that does not contain iron or iodine. She also sometimes takes tylenol or excedrin for headaches.

    Other than the occasional migraine, the only other medical condition I know of was that she had to have a hysterectomy a few years back for cystic fibroids. Family medical history has everything from diabetes to lupus to cancer to heart issues.

  5. julie

    What kind of Neurological symptoms do you have with Lupus?
    I’m being tested for lupus after being sick for 2 yrs and I have tons of neurological symptoms just wondering if these are common symptoms for lupus. here are my symptoms.
    Burning stinging headaches, dizzy, lightheaded,vertigo, seizure type incidents, sharp shooting pains in head, also get weard sensations on my body like warm water pouring on me. Any info will be appreciated. If you have any neurological symptoms from Lupus pleas list them for me. Thanks!

    1. Linda R

      Some lupus patients have neurological symptoms, some do not. Lupus symptoms vary widely from patient to patient.

      Headaches could be caused by lupus or by Raynaud’s phenomenon or other things. Many lupus patients have Raynaud’s, a condition in which stress or cool temperatures cause the nerves to tell the blood vessels to clamp down and restrict blood flow, usually to hands and feet, but can also cause headaches.

      Lightheadedness can be caused by a number of things as well. Lupus patient are often anemic, When you are anemica, there is not enough available oxygen in your blood, which could account for light headedness or dizziness.

      Vertigo usually has to do with the inner ear. Lupus can cause inflammation anywhere, including the inner ear.

      I am not sure what you mean my “seizure type” incidents. Do you lose consciousness? Do you convulse? Some lupus patients do have seizures. But seizures can be caused by many other things.

      Lupus patients with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (sticky blood) which causes clots may have TIAs or ministrokes. This could account for your head pain and seizure type incidents. Ask to have your blood tested for this.

      As for the weird sensations, please find a clearer way to describe that as well. If you tell the doctor that you have “seizure type incidents” and “weird sensations on your body” you are not helping the doctor get to the root cause of your problem. If these weird sensations are painful, you could have neuropathy which sometimes comes with lupus, or diabtetes, or multiple sclerosis, or other things.

      As a patient your job is to give the doctor the best and clearest information possible. It is the doctor’s job to connect the dots. A diagnosis of lupus is made based on family history, your medical history, a wide variety of lab tests and after everything else is ruled out. There is no definitive lab test for lupus.

      To do your job, keep a symptom journal including
      1. a clear description of the symptom
      2. when it started
      3. how often it happens
      4. how long it lasts
      5. what makes it feel better
      6. what makes it feel worse
      7. to what degree does it interfere with your activities of daily living

      Then create a concise summary and bring a copy for your doc and a copy for you.

  6. crimsonshedemon

    Lupus is considered the great imitator. It’s important for all other health problems to be eliminated before a lupus diagnosis can be entertained.
    Follow up on the possible bipolar diagnosis. Some of the meds used for bipolar are used in arthritis patients (lupus is a form of arthritis).
    At the same time, I suggest keeping a health journal. Log several times a day, how you feel, the weather, what you ate, how you slept, your activity for the day, etc, etc. After a few weeks, you’ll see a pattern.
    Also, find a doctor who’s really open to finding out what’s wrong with you, one that won’t stop until he/she has the answer.
    I was diagnosed with lupus 13 years ago. It’s not a disease I wish on anyone, ok maybe a few people.. but still…. the meds are serious and the diagnosis needs to be certain. Your doctor can refer you to a rheumatologist for a more definitive diagnosis. Only a rheumatologist is qualified to make a lupus diagnosis as it’s too confusing and has many variables that other doctors forget to factor in.
    If you have more questions, email me.
    Take care

  7. Roland'sMommy

    Doctors & nurses – if a patient came to you with these symptoms, what would you think?
    TMJ, depression, low *normal* body temp, chest pains, breathing issues, daily headaches – frequent migraines and tension headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, cough, diarrhea for 3 months, thyroid disease, endometriosis, PCOS, ovarian cysts, hair loss, weight gain – mostly in midsection, food sensitivity, nausea, sleeping problems, IBS, constant gas, intolerance to multivitamins, excessive sweating, burning sensation in arms, joint pain in ankles knees & hips, muscular pain in upper legs and forearms.

    I just found a family doctor and made an appointment – I’m guessing I’ll need a referral to a specialist, my endocrinologist thought I’d need to see a rheumatologist since my vitamin d levels are okay, so are my thyroid levels & my lupus test was negative. I’ve gotten the vibe from a lot of people that this may be fibromyalgia. Any other ideas? Also, what kind of treatment options are there? Any doctors out there who don’t think it’s all in your head?
    I’m not looking for some moron to tell me there’s nothing wrong with me. You have no medical background and probably haven’t even graduated from high school, so I’m not looking for YOUR advice. If you aren’t smart enough to figure out that the first few words in my question are “doctors & nurses” and that means I want answers from someone with a clue – than you’re an idiot. Go waste your time on someone else’s question.

    1. heavenlygarcia

      I am not a dr. but yes it does sound like fibromyalgia. But, since you have trouble sleeping, and the shits all the time and can’t take a multi vitamin, I really think you need to see a nutritonist. You can get really sick from not sleeping and having the shits. It depletes the vitamins in your body, causes your cells to damage easier, your anit-bodies to attack your self instead of invaders, it can bring your immune system down, there are so many things that can go wrong if you can’t sleep and have upset stomatch all the time. All of your body works together too if one thing isn’t right everything else gets throw off too it like a domino effect. If your body isn’t working efficiantly your just going to get worse and worse. A nutritionist will work with you to get your body on a path to getting stronger, you can take the drug nessicary to feel better but if you body isn’t working the way it should due to bad nutriton (or depletion of nutrients) or sleep deprivation its going to be that much harder to get to feeling better or even get better period. You need to go to the dr. and i really thing you need to get your insides back to working the way it should. It will take awhile, nutrition and vitamins are not like taking a drug that you feel the effect from in 30-40 minutes it will take a few months to finally feel the effects. One supplement or even herb may not work as well as another, kinda likek meds too. Please go to the nutritionist. I live in constant pain from endometriosis and i know how much it sucks to feel like your life is worthless because you can’t do anything fun or fufilling and i don’t think anyone should know a constant state of pain. Get better damnit.

  8. Sherri

    Question about certain blood levels.?
    Ok here goes. My daughter has had blood work done 4 times over the past 8 months. There seems to be a gradual decrease in the RBC, Hemoglobin, hematocrit. They are all within the “lab range” but they seem to be decreasing over time. Due to her symptoms, bruising easy, headaches, lack of energy, being tired all the time and palor, her doctor has performed numerous tests to include LUPUS, Rheumatoid EBV and CMV. She also has cysts in her bones, so an ALP was also performed. That was a gradual decrease as well until this last test. Her LD level was done once and that was normal 122. Here are the tests over time. What is your opinion??

    Sept 09 Nov 09 Mar 10 May 10 NORM (my lab)
    WBC 7.7 4.6 7.6 5.2 4.50-13.0
    neut, abs 4480 2480 3720 1140 (L) 1800-8000
    neut % 59 53 50 22 (L) 40-70
    lym, abs 2620 1740 3150 3590 1200-5200
    lym % 34 38 41 69 (H) 20-60
    RBC 4.19 4.15 4.09 4.01 3.8-5.1
    HBG 13.1 13.4 13.0 12.6 11.5-15.3
    HCT 38.2 38.2 37.4 36.7 34.0-46.0
    PLT 263 211 233 137 (L) 140-400
    ALP 95 79 71 247 (H) 41-244
    AST 18 16 16 227 (H) 12-32
    ALT 8 8 11 285(H) 6-19

    All her other blood work is normal. Including Bilirubin. I’m Not sure what to think. The normal values that I posted are from my lab, but if you do a search for lab values, the RBC for a female should be 4.2-5.1, the ALP should be 41-150, and the platelets should be 150-400.
    Does anyone have any input? I spoke with my aunt who is an oncological nurse, and she suggested a bone marrow biopsy, and so did someone else. I know about one particular bone marrow disorder, Aplastic anemia, my dad passed away due to that, and unfortunately, my daughter has all the physical signs and symptoms of that.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.
    Her vitamin D, 25-OH, total was 23 (norm 20-100). Vit D25-OH, D3 was 23, and Vit D,25-OH, D2 <4
    Her EBV and CMV were both negative in March. They are going to redo that. Her calcium level is 9.9. That is why I keep thinking more along the lines of bone disease or bone marrow. She does have bone cysts. They haven't told me what kind, they are either osteoid osteoma or intraosseous ganglion.
    Also, I mentioned to the doctor about the familial B12 deficiency and when they checked it 2 years ago it was normal.

  9. LoveMe!

    Does this sound like lupus or am i tripping?
    Ok im 17 yrs old and im a african american female, no one in my family has had lupus, i have these dull aches thats last for 2 seconds in my knee and sometimes my wrist, I would notice them if i wasant obsessing over this. It i very mild and dosent happen often. I have been tested for anemia and I dont have anemia, I dont have fatigue, I dont have headaches, I had knee pains a month ago when I start reading the symptoms, never before have i had the symptoms until I start reading them (im a hypochondriac) and as soon as i started band camp i stop thinking about my knee and the symptoms went away. Can you develop a knee ache if your a hypochondriac and your constantly worried about it? And now I just start reading lupus symptoms again and this dull ache in my knee came back, whenever i get on the computer i start looking up symptoms and i get sacred. I dont have a rash and ive been in the sun (95degree weather) for 2weeks. I dont have hair loss or any of that. Could this be the begining of lupus? What are the begining symptoms?

    1. Rita V

      JSU, Your talking yourself into having all these symptoms by reading, I have Lupus and believe me if you had it you would know it. Good Luck Rita V

  10. cutie pie 121

    has anyone ever heard of aspartame toxicity?
    aspartame is an ingredient found in lots of sugar free sodas, candy, powdered drink mixes. it can mimick symptoms of other diseases like MS or lupus, parkinson’s. im having some dizziness, weakness in my limbs, headaches, anxiety attacks, palpitations, and about 19 other associated symptoms. i mentioned this to my doctor and he pretty much just blew me off. has anyone else experienced any of the 63 associated symptoms? if you dont believe me, look up “the dangers of aspartame” and there is a whole list of stuff.

  11. Aleyce

    What Autoimmune Disorder do these symptoms match?
    I am being tested for what my doctor thinks is Autoimmune issue. Lupus, MS, and dermatomyositis has come up. My symptoms include off of Prednisone: Hives on hands or welts, recurring headaches only on right side of head, cold sensations in neck and head, numbness on right side of body, ear ache every day, loss of balance and cooridnation, tongue swelling, drop things a lot…I was wondering if anyone that has an Autoimmune disorder can match these symptoms.

  12. The yahoo realist

    Do you know how a lupus flare feels ?
    i think i have lupus and ive been have some sort of attacks but my doctors and family will not believe me , i have raynaud’s phenomenon but my whole finger doesn’t turn white just my nail beds, they turn a unhealthy purple and white, nasty rashes on my arms burry vision and everything numbness tingling on my body terrible headaches, pins and needles sensation , buzzing in my ear, but when i lay down its a little better but the doc said its , Original migraine symptoms what do you think?

    1. formerly_bob

      Lupus symptoms are extremely variable and they overlap dozens of other diseases, so there is no way to describe what a typical lupus flare up might be. Other than the rash, all of these symptoms look like problems caused by abnormal vascular responses, which are part of Raynaud’s disease and migraines. However, the symptoms seem atypical for either Raynaud’s disease or migraine. On the other hand, migraine is much more likely to be relieved by lying down than lupus or other similar autoimmune problems.

      Its possible that Raynaud’s disease is not the primary cause of the vascular symptoms. Given the severity of the symptoms and being more widespread than primary Raynaud’s, its possible you have some type of autoimmune problem like lupus or scleroderma.

      Lupus and scleroderma both cause a rash and Raynaud’s phenomenon. Lupus generally causes a bright red rash on the face, while scleroderma typically causes patches with odd shiny and reddish skin on legs or arms.

      it might be a good idea to get get screened for a variety of autoimmune disorders.

  13. Kelley

    Should I get tested for Lupus?
    I am a 16 year old girl, and for the past 3 or so years, I have suffered from severe fatigue, achy joints, headaches, abdominal pain, and my eyes are very sensitive to bright sunlight and florescent lights.I have been to an ear/nose/throat doctor, a gastroenterologist , and had many blood panels done for various things, as well as an MRI that found some kind of white spots on my brain that the doctor said look a bit like MS, but because of insurance reasons we never went to a neurologist. i have an old friend with lupus, and so i looked into the signs and symptoms, and i am wondering if I have enough of the symptoms to maybe have it? If anyone can provide any input, it would be greatly appreciated.

    1. ★☆W.a.b.b.y✿❀

      You should definitely speak to a doctor about your symptoms.
      The annoying this is that these symptoms you have, I have and many others have, is that they could be caused by a range of things. Such as, Fibromyalgia, MS, Lyme Disease, arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Polymyalgia rheumatica, Inflammatory myositis, multiple sclerosis, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, CFS, and myofascial pain syndrome, myasthenia gravis

      You need blood tests and then see a rhematologist.

  14. Bee

    What could I have? Please help. Could it be lupus? stomach cancer?
    I have these symptoms…I found out I have a uti and a stomach infection but no symptoms of them.
    -tingling/pins and needles/very cold sensation starting at back of head then through scalp, arms, shoulders and sometimes entire body (this is very uncomfortable, sometimes unbearable)
    -joint pain and the feeling of very dry bones
    -spells of confusion
    -bad headaches (sometimes sensitive to light/sound, and sometimes temporary [1-3 seconds] sight loss)
    – often times I get a “falling” sensation when I stand up or walk
    – spells of insomnia
    – spells of sudden fatigue and weakness
    -memory problems
    -psychological problems including mood swings and depression
    -problems thinking/concentrating/absorbi… information
    -being constantly cold
    – spells of irregular heart beat
    – spells of chest tightness/pressure, sensation of heaviness on chest
    – shortness of breath/trouble breathing (like a panic attack)

  15. Letitia L

    Could I be suffering from lupus or is this just a result of my eating disorder?
    I am in recovery from the eating disorder, and have been eating a healthy diet for the past couple of months. I used to sometimes go a few days with no food or drink, even longer with no food but still drinking, plus for about 5 months I was eating around 350 calories a day and lost 60 pounds, then more recently I would have vomited up to 10 or even sometimes 15 times per day.

    A few months ago I got a weird rash on my neck that did not itch and was not painful, it has mostly gone now but still gets worse in sunlight, and it looks like the one of the rashes associated with lupus.
    I get a lot of mouth ulcers, even though I have not vomited a lot in the last 3 months, I often get one after the other, and sometimes small clusters of 3 or four in the same spot.
    I am very sensitive to the sun and it causes my cheeks and the bridge of my nose to go very red, like the butterly rash.
    I suffer from Rayaud’s phenomenon, when I am cold my fingers go really pale, then blue, then purple, then bright red.
    I have gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
    My eyes often feel dry.
    I get pain in my joints and muscles.
    I get a lot of really painful headaches.
    I have episodes of psychosis.
    I have major depression.
    Also I get really bad fatigue.

    I am 16 years old by the way…

    I have found these to all be symptoms of lupus, but I suppose most of them really could just be as a result of my eating disorder…
    How am I supposed to tell?

  16. Christina

    Do my symptoms relate with hypermobility?
    I am 15 years old. I have been sick for two years. I miss a lot of school with medical permission. Lupus runs in family, and rheum. thought I might have it. I have not been tested by any bloodwork except my elevated sed. rate. I was just diagnosed with hyper mobility syndrome and patellofemoral syndrome (chondromalacia patella).

    My symptoms include, ofcourse, pain in joints and bones…length of arm, leg, feet, toes, hands, fingers, wrist, elbow, shoulders, everything except hips.

    I have gastritis and erosion, but biopsies show nothing.

    I am immune to most medicines, unknown cause.

    My symptoms of illness include: fevers, frequent illness, headaches and migraines, crushing pain in chest, pain in chest, pain in ribcages with trouble moving and breathing, scoliosis, shocks in spine with make my legs collapse and I fall, shooting pains in stomach and chest to brain, fatigue, always sleeping, rashes, in sun get rashes on chest and neck. And more personal/serious ones.
    Oh, I also get frequent sore throats, nose bleeds (in 2006, 1-2 per day)=anemia, nasal sores, and vomitting.

    I am going back to school in a week. I was prescribed physical therapy and an anti inflamatory. I want to make sure my medicine will work (Meloxin or something?), beacuse I missed too much school on medical excuses, and I can’t do it this year. I want to know if I got the right diagnosis ? And if you have these symptoms too with HMS?

    1. familyguy

      hmmm…you sure do have a lot of conditions..
      I think rather than physical therapy, which will only address soft tissue issues, chiropractor rehab may be more beneficial for you. Especially if you can find a chiropractic neurologist. They are hard to find…but I think even regular chiropractic care can be more of benefit…

  17. Christine Evans

    Do I have Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 12 years ago (I am now 53), and have since developed additional symptoms. I have debilitating fatigue, unexplained fevers, a “butterfly”rash on my face, severe anemia, frequent nausea and vomiting, pain, numbness, tingling and swelling in my hands, fingers and one of my knees, headaches and “hazy” urinalyses. I have also had 2 hospitalizations (once for 3 weeks) this year for kidney failure secondary to dehydration. My rheumatoid factor has been positive since the time I was diagnosed, but I cannot locate any blood work where an ANA test was performed. My doctor is suspicious that I may actually have Lupus, because of some of these more recent symptoms, and the fact that I have yet to develop any deformity in my joints. I have been on methotrexate and Enbrel for many years. Can you give me an opinion? I do not have health insurance, so I am saving up to pay for the additional blood work I need. In the meantime, I am trying to get some feedback on these symptoms. I also suffer from fibromyalgia, migraines, and have had 5 surgeries on my cervical and lumbar spine. Thank you.

    1. JMITW

      sounds as if you were misdiagnosed iwth FMS and really have Lupus…..that was just mild before..

      most docs are incompetant when it comes to fms and use it as general label for most people really have something else…

      your spinal issues alone with mimic fms…lupus mimics fms…

      it is possible to have fms and those, but being that you weren’t properly diagnosed with other conditions–once you can get competant care you need to reassess if you really have fms

      you can have RA and Lupus too

  18. Grace

    Please don’t give up. I will keep you in my prayers. I believe in a God that heals even when the doctors say that a disease is incurable. A friend of mine was told that she had ovarian cancer and that she would never have children…..we and many other Christians prayed that Jesus would heal her, and she became pregnant just a few years ago! There is a God who heals out there, His name is Jesus Christ and all you have to do is invite Him into your heart and life and ask Him to heal you. You can pray this prayer sincerely: Lord Jesus, please come into my life and be my Savior and Lord. Please forgive my sins, and give me the gift of eternal life.
    You need the faith and faith comes by the word of God(the bible) meditate on healing scriptures from the Holy Bible and the Lord will heal you if you believe and ask Him to heal you. His will is for you to be healed.
    The Lord healed my grandmother of Lukemia, and he healed my little girl I almost lost her. Don’t worry just put your trust in Jesus and be patient, He will heal you.

  19. The One

    Positive ANA, Lupus or something else?
    For a few years i have had many symptoms, was diagnosed with Diabetes and Celiac Disease (an autoimmune disorder) and I have symptoms such as bone/joint pain, tiredness, fatigue, back/neck/shoulder pain, headaches in the back of the head, anxiety, depression, a facial rash that seems to worsen with sun exposure, heat and sun sensitivity and I had a few Lupus tests about two years ago that came back negative.

    These symptoms and many others seem to come and go, such as the neck pain it will come and go in intervals of few weeks. Now I had a ANA test done two weeks ago because my rheumatologist was concerned that Lupus is still a possibility. I had to go get my results on Tuesday but from a different doctor, a general practitioner and seemed to not know anything about medicine.

    She told me all my tests were negative and i did not believe it, so I asked her if she was sure so she sowed me the results on the computer screen and I saw several positive or “high” tests. One of them was ANA, it was possitive, so i asked her what that meant and she said ‘its nothing, its a nonspecific test, dont worry about it”… is this true? should I not worry about it? and if it is so not important, why did my rheumatologist order it in the first place?

    Can you have only ANA test positive and no other antibody for lupus and still have Lupus?

    1. mgunnycappo

      Let me actually answer your question. An ANA test is a non specific test that shows the existence of an auto immune disease. It isn’t specific for Lupus. That being said, there are other tests for Lupus that can rule Lupus IN but not OUT.

      An Anti-DS-DNA, Anti-RO, Anti-SM are all tests that will help in a Lupus diagnosis. About 30% of people with Lupus will test positive for these tests. If you do test positive then you have Lupus. If you test negative you can still have Lupus.

      With your symptoms it sounds very much like Lupus. I would get copies of all your lab work and research it on the web. Then go to your doctor with specific questions about each positive result. Talk to them about your symptoms and ask what they think it is. Don’t take, “I don’t know” for an answer. If they say this then tell them to find out.

      Unfortuately, there are a lot of doctors out there who are uneducated about Lupus. Many of them just pass you on to someone else or worse yet, explain your symptoms away. You’ll have to be a thorn in their sides until you obtain your diagnosis. Whether or not you have Lupus, you need to be an advocate for your own health care. Good Luck to you!

  20. Nunya

    Does this sound like Crohn’s Desease to you?
    When I was 15, I had a colonoscopy because I was having stomach pain, and some blood in my stool. They never found anything… and eventually after the procedure, everything was back to normal.

    It’s four years later, and I’ve started having blood and mucus in my stool. They are going to perform another one to see what the problem is.

    How possible is it that something such as Crohn’s Desease, or something of that nature could develope? My doctor had said that it’s unlikely that I would have anything seriously wrong with me because of my age.. and the short amount of time. I’m a little worried that it coule be something such as Lupus that is causing all of these other problems. What do you think?

    Some other symptoms have been:

    Joint pain
    Sore throat
    Short-term memory loss
    Tired all the time.


  21. Anonymous

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

  22. superdiana4000

    What is Lupus, and how treatable is it?
    I was just diagnosed with Lupus, I have a history of Ovarian cancer and have had a full hysterectomy in 04. About six months after my hysterectomy I was diagnosed with LUpus. The problem is I don’t know what it is. I get stiff and puffy and my joints are hard to move, but my doctor doesn’t go into great detail of what this disease does. All they have done is put me on predsnisone, and draw my blood every once in a while. I have had recent symptoms that are new life blurry vision, headache anf REAL stiff joints…….help me, I don’t know where to go

  23. Song_bird

    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    My symptoms are: Extremely painful to walk, rashes, blood in urine, Anemia (had to get iron infusions), headaches, extreme fatigue, ect. I seen a doctor who did some x-rays, blood work & a physical exam. She recently called me & told me from my lab results came back & said i have either Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or Rheumatoid Arthritis. She said my blood work showed alot of abnormalities & even infection. She wanted me to start on a steroid right away. She put me on (10 mg pills of Prednisone) for 10 days until my follow up with a Rheumatologist. Okay my question: What is Lupus & Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    Are these 2 illnesses simular? She will be calling me back within 5 days with the other test results. Has anyone personally experienced this? She said my illness is treatable but not cureable. I’m still pretty young & this is a shock to me & i’m having a hard time dealing with not knowing what i’m dealing with i guess my new doctor will be able to answer alot of questions later.
    Thanks for the advice i will go look there.

  24. Claudia Q

    Lot’s of lupus symptoms, but not sure if I should freak out yet….?
    I started going to the doctor at the beginning of the school year when my headaches that I’ve had for years started getting really bad and I had a week of the world spinning in my head along with ringing in my ears. I though it was Ménière’s or just an ear infection since I have a history of it. My doctor told me my ear was fine and said I might just have migraines. Took lot’s of migraine medicine, including Imitriex. Nothing worked and I switched doctors, my new doctor sent me to a neurologist after nothing worked. My neurologist made me get an MRI, CAT scan, Xrays, EEG, EMG (idk the names) I had blood drawn five different times, I even had a pregnancy test (why idk). My EMG (or w/e) showed that I had a pinched nerve in my back and neck, I took medication and had work outs, but my back still hurts (yea, I forgot to mention I have a bad back). My ANA tests came back abnormal, my doctor wanted a lupus profile though he said that he didn’t think I had it.
    My insurance canceled on my before I could get the profile thing done. I did some research on Lupus and then I realized, oh my, I have most of those symptoms… I’m not sure if I should freak out or not…
    X Painful or swollen joints and muscle pain.
    X Unexplained fever
    X Red rashes, most commonly on the face
    X Chest pain upon deep breathing
    X Unusual loss of hair
    X Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
    X Swelling (edema) in legs or around eyes
    X Swollen glands
    X Extreme fatigue
    X Anemia
    X Low white something
    X Headaches
    X Dizziness
    X Confusion
    X mini-depressions.

    So you tell me, I want to know if I should spend nearly a thousand dollars in medical bills…or more if I really do have it…
    oh, and i get these weird times when the room gets really bright and funny and it gets really hot and i feel really tired and i start sweating and i want to throw up. i just feel really bad, i have to sit down for five minutes, and even afterwards i still feel bad.

    1. hpsredwood

      I would definately pay the money and get the insurance. From there I would have the doctor do further testing to investigate. There are a lot of diseases that can mimic Lupus and vice versa. It is better to rule it out (or in) than to let anything progress. If you do have something your going to need insurance with all the testing and presciptions!!
      Have they given you Maxalt? that is the only one that semi works for my Lupus headaches/migraines.
      Good Luck!

  25. chris f

    Have all the smptoms or ms and lupus but none found in spinal tap what is this?
    Facial numbness, lightheaded, headaches, Mullitiple aches and pains all over. Fatique. I do have fibromalagia but these symptoms came after I received a cortisone shot in the back of my skull from severe headaches and neck pain.

    1. boxinbabe72

      I was dxed with MS in 1998 and have dealt with many symptoms. The symptoms you listed are very common symptoms and do not point to a specif disease. You may be having a cortisone reaction. I had to stop having any “oids” due to the reaction I have to them. It is very uncommon for people to have reactions to the “oids” but it does happen. I am proof and you could be too.
      Now, as for your spinal tap not showing the bands to diagnosis you with Ms, I must ask, did you also have a MRI? That would be before a spinal tap if the doctor is specifically looking for MS.
      If a MRI show patches of sclerosis of the brain then a spinal tap would be used to confim a dx of MS.
      Lupus is also hard to rule out, however, your symptoms are very broad spectrum.
      Do you have a history of any other symptoms & what about an MRI?
      Best of luck!

  26. brii(:

    Could somebody please help with Lupus or Fibromyalgia?
    I’m a 20yr old female and have been struggling with pain. Exp. in my jaw, hands, hips, neck, back, ankles and knees. It can range from a dull pain, to shooting pains, but will come and go for about 10 mintues. I always have headaches, am always tired and I could sleep for days end, while other nights i cant sleep at all. I’ve also noticed when i pull the lid of my eye down(i wear contacts) its a little yellow, nothing to noticeable. Sometimes my left or right arm, never both, arm, hand and fingers will have a numbing sensation, sometimes my feet, but rarely. Ive had depression in the past, and have taken medication and hasnt helped with all this pain(which my doctor says its all from depression) My chest will sometimes hurt when i breath(under my ribs) and a few times i though i was having a heart attach, my blood pressure is never stable. I feel like i’m falling apart- and i have no health insurance. I’ve loooked up fibromyalgia and have all the symptoms, but somebody said lupus? HELP

    1. Megan

      If you can I’d try to get an ANA blood test, it’s one that checks for antibodies that are present if you have lupus or another autoimmune disorder. I’m really sorry you’re going through all this; I have many similar symptoms and my doctor said I was depressed also. She didn’t believe me when I pleaded that I wasn’t depressed but then my blood work came back ANA positive.

      So I would try and get some tests done if you can. Good luck and I hope you feel better.

  27. Tor2ga

    Do I have lupus?
    Ive been feeling theres something wrong with me for the past 6 months & I think everyone just thinks that I am a hypochondriac. But I know that I am not! Just no one will take me seriously! And at the moment I cant see a Dr because I have a broken ankle & cant drive and my husband wont take me because he thinks I’m just crazy and its all in my head! What do I do? And here are all my symptoms – Do any of you think it could be lupus?


    Muscle spasms
    Shooting pain
    Hair Loss
    Chest pressure & pain
    Sinus headaches
    Leg jerks
    Deminished sex drive
    Lose train of thought in the middle of sentences
    Other memory problems
    Sensitive to pain (even just a little hit)
    Sun sensitivity (if I’m in direct sunlight I feel like I’m burning)
    Tingling in hands and feet
    Still tired after sleeping for 11 hours & difficulty falling asleep
    Extremely heavy periods, also VERY irregular
    Mood swings
    occasional depression
    Weight gain


    Bell’s Palsy

  28. leila

    help surviving with lupus?
    im a 17 year old girl who’s been complaining from my bones last 2 years. I recently did some bone scans and blood tests and i was told i might have a minor case of lupus.Im sitting my hsc this year and im not coping at all as i get pain in every joint of my body and my back seems to be hurting all the time.I cant write as my fingers are always cramped.Anyone have some advice? or suggestions on how i can cope with this disease and hopefully do well in my hsc

    thanks sorry but i really need help i want to do well in my hsc

    also ive got subcromial bursuitis and leg length disecrepency which have probably made it worse.My symptoms include: headaches, my nails turning blue for no reason, my hands shake, always got chest pains, my neck and back hurt really bad, eye sight problems, im unable to sit for more than 15 minutes my whole body aches me sitting or standing.I get sudden things where i cant move because something is oing on in my foot like a nerve or something and also i was unable to move my neck the other dy until the paramedics came over made me breathe some happy gas and off they went as if that ought to do the job.My neck was absolutely stiff and i was unable to move it at all.

    1. Anonymous

      Please set up appointments with a rheumatologist and a pain specialist. Since Lupus is an auto immune disease, it needs to be treated. Unfortunately, there is no cure. That does not mean that there are not medications out there that can help you. Believe me. I have Lupus. I have suffered many years with pain. At first, I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. The pain just kept getting worse and worse. Before the diagnosis, I was treated like a drug addict every time I went to the doctors complaining of pain. I would feel so humiliated that I would let the pain get to such intolerable levels before I would return to my family doctor. My neurosurgeon finally stepped in with a phone call to that doctor. The result, family doctor no longer wanted to treat me. It took an additional call from my specialist. I hated the pain medicines. They left me feeling sick to my stomach and played with my mind. NOT FOR ME. The whole time, both doctors kept trying to convince me to see a pain specialist. I refused. I kept thinking if I kept trying hard enough, I could control my pain through mind control. DIDN’T HAPPEN. After increasing pain, trouble walking, muscle spasms, lost of hand control, etc. I was put through more tests. MRIs, blood work ( I’ve given enough blood now to build a whole new me ) and finally a total body bone scan. Diagnosis: degenerative arthritis along with spinal stenosis. Finally, after a continual decline of my health, blood work was done testing for auto-immune diseases. Result: on a scale of 1 to 10, with ten being Lupus, I was found to be an 8. After a MRI of my brain testing for MS ( runs in my family on my mother’s side ) I finally had the diagnosis and another specialist, a rheumatologist . They decided it was Lupus. I just couldn’t make myself believe that I could handle the pain anymore. I relented and went to see a pain specialist. Wish I had not been so hard headed to start with. After the first visit, he found a medication that I could actually take without getting sick to my stomach. It took about three months to get the dosage right to help with the pain enough to reach a tolerable level. Yes, I still have pain, but I can deal with it. And, if I find I can’t handle it, I know we can increase the dosage. But, that will be my decision along with a doctor who actually listens to me and understands my pain.And the best part… I only have to take one every 12 hours. I also take prednisone to reduce swelling and it helps with the stiffness, Vitamin B12 shot once a month ( I give my own shot, so no doctor bill ) 50,000 units of Vitamin D ( I am allergic to the sun ) . There is also another med. that can slow the progress of Lupus down called Plaquinel. Unfortunately, I was unable to take it due to an allergic reaction. I have many allergies which is also a symptom of Lupus. Please, please, ask your family doctor to recommend a rheumatologist and a pain specialist. It will make such a difference in your life. I also take Cymbalta, an anti-depressant. I needed the help. I cried all the time. Not just from pain but also frustration. Now, as for the hsc… you are going to do great. Anyone with the determination you have to keep going is going to do well in whatever you decide ! Please let me know how all comes out for you. My prayers are with you. God is with you. Hang in there.

  29. complicatedtallblonde

    Can anyone please help me with these symptoms? (very similar to lupus)?
    rash under eyes, on arm, and on cheek (will go away with high dose steroids but always comes back right after) I have had the rash since early to mid december

    headaches (daily)

    always tired or lagging

    sore muscles and joints

    light nausea (sometimes)

    past diagnosis of anemia

    irregular periods since I was 16

    unreasonably cold hands and feet

    can never get comfortable, always too hot or too cold

    bowel problems including
    severe constipation
    blood with bowel movement
    up to 6 days with no bowel movements
    oct 31st 2009 small bowel obstruction

    weight fluxuation

    trouble concentration (brain fog)

    protein in urine and bacteria in urine

    light stomach pain (now and then)

    My mother has fibromyalgia and reinods phenomina

    I just got a lupus panal blood test back and they are negative.. where do I go now? whats next?

    1. mgunnycappo

      Your doctor isn’t curious about the protein in the urine? How much is your creatine clearance? This is an indicator of Lupus Nephritis (when Lupus attacks the kidneys). Many people with Lupus test negative for all of the blood work but still have Lupus. If you have kidney the protein in your urine, then you’ll need a kidney biopsy to check for Lupus. You have many of the symptoms of Lupus. What does your doctor think. They obviously know that Lupus can only be ruled IN with blood work not ruled OUT.

  30. Anonymous

    Heeeeelppp! Tons of swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms?
    I’m 15 and I’ve had a swollen lymph node in my armpit since January, and it hasn’t gone away. It’s tender, and I have a bunch more on my neck. About 6 or 7. They’ve been around for a long time. Also I have other symptoms like frequent headaches, tiredness, my friends comment about me looking pale, I’ve had a hoarse voice for a couple months, I have finger and wrist pains on my left hands, (YES finger pains) and lately I’ve been really depressed for no apparent reason. My mom says it could be SLE (lupus) or just something chronic because I had a bad throat infection in April that has impaired me to scream. So what are your suggestions on what it could be? Any advice on what to do about it? Please help!

    1. K H

      Swollen lymph nodes can be symptomatic of so many things from mild to severe. You need to see a doctor before this becomes more serious.

  31. Carly H

    Lupus and working full time.?
    Hi there. I am currently in the process of being tested for Lupus. I have a lot of the symptoms (muscle/ joint ache and swelling, headaches, depression, low blood platelets, chest and back pain, extreme lethargy. Irritability etc. And blood test came back weak positive) but no rash. I have been researching Lupus on the net trying to get my head around it all. One question I have yet to find the answer to is: Is someone with Lupus able to work full time? I have debts and normal everyday living to pay for and the thought of not being able to earn a wage is really freaking me out. Any help on this would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    1. victoria05202000

      Yes you can work full time, Lupus can affect people differently. Some have very mild symptoms and others have it where it is impossible to work. It is a tricky disease and no two people are alike.

  32. All me

    What could I be sick with?
    I’ve been sick for as long as I can remember, I was taken to so many different doctors being poked with many different needles and having to go through so many different CT scans, X-rays and nothing ever being found. I recently gave up on trying to diagnose what I have, but only because my symptoms went away. But now they are back and way worse…
    My symptoms are:
    Stomach Pains
    Bloody stool (yes, I know its gross)
    Heart Racing
    Irregular Heart Beat
    Chest Pain
    My entire body will get sore to the point of I don’t want to move

    Does anyone have any ideas?

    Any forms of cancer have been ruled out, PCOS has been ruled out, Lupus and Lyme disease have been ruled out….I’m starting to give up

  33. •Megan*Nicole•

    Does this sound like it could be Lupus?
    I’ve had these weird symptoms since like October of last year right after I turned 15…
    My symptoms are:
    *Joint pain
    *Joint swelling
    *Joint inflammation
    *Joint popping
    *Extreme fatigue
    *Feet and hands stay cold like all the time
    *Feet and legs tuen purple when really cold
    *Red rashish spot on my cheek
    *Bumps on fingers and hands
    *Get dizzy sometimes
    *Forgetful sometimes
    *Trouble concentrating
    *Sight gets blurry sometimes
    *Get mad easily
    *Feel weak all the time
    *Stomach pain
    *Pain when breathing deeply sometimes

    Does this sound like Lupus? I haven’t been to the doctor about it yet because I’m not sure what it is.. Any ideas??

    1. Me Fang You

      it could be i guess. my sister had it for years but never got diagnosed until 1993. the symptoms are so all over the place sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint. i do know that any rash u get would be symmetrical. ie if its on one cheek, it would be on the other. lupus can be totally controlled if caught early, so go see your doctor about it for sure!

      good luck

  34. average cabbage

    are these symptoms of lupus?
    My mom wants me to go to the doctor because she thinks I have lupus. Sometimes my hands literally turn this purplish-blue color and I look like a corpse, especially when I’m cold which is pretty much all the time. I always feel tired and have headaches. Sometimes my joints will hurt even though I haven’t been exercising hard or anything. Other times my chest feels like it’s tightening up when I take deep breaths. What could I have?
    btw these symptoms don’t bother me all that much which is why I don’t want to see a doctor

    1. Anonymous

      It sounds to me like your hands are being affected by raynauds phenomenon which is another auto-immune illness where the fingers become extremely cold and white or sometimes very dark purple or black, it’s usually worse in cold weather. You can ‘google’ it up for more info. It could be that you also have lupus as lupus patients often have more than one auto immune illness and it’s common to have lupus and raynauds.

      You are describing symptoms of lupus with the chest pains, aching joints and tiredness but as lupus is know as the ‘mimic illness’ you would have to have specific blood tests to see if it is lupus.

      Your mother is very wise, if it is lupus you MUST see a rheumatologist. Lupus is very treatable but CANNOT be ignored as it may get worse and if the symptoms you are getting are lupus they can be helped by medication. Please make sure you see a doctor and get tested even if it’s just to rule out lupus and to see if the other symptoms you describe are raynauds.

      Good Luck.

  35. madisonholiday

    Part Native American with most of the right symptoms.Grandmother already has it. Could I have Lupus?
    My paternal grandmother, who is half Native American, has Lupus. I’ve been having some problems with headaches, fatigue, muscle pain and sores inside my nose. I’ve also noticed that my normally thick hair has thinned out and I’m combing a scary amount out after each shower. I know that there is no test for Lupus, but does anyone out there know what my REAL chances are for having it?

  36. Jayne

    Are these the symptoms of mild or severe Lupus?
    it doesn’t all attack me at once, but they vary from time to time. I always feel these symptoms can be attributed to something else…
    I have already been diagnosed with SLE but I havent gone to my rheumatologist for 1/2 year now. I am also not taking any meds at this time. I dont have any rashes so I was wondering if I should just rest and take it easy, after all, the doc will probably prescribe prednisone and send me home.

    memory loss —–I am just plain forgetful and always have been though
    headaches———don’t everyone get them from time to time?
    fatigue—————I am in college, so stress?
    dizziness/lightheaded————-i guess can be from stress, lack of sleep?
    vertigo (nausea)———————-happens sometimes
    eye infections—————————- (eyelids swollen, but i think it was caused by dirty fingers) happened 4 times in 5 months
    mouth sores/ulcers—————-happening just now
    hair loss—————————I have thin hair, since HS
    loss of appetite—————–on and off, could be due to relationships+ school
    memory loss—–sometimes i want something and go to another room to get it, and then come back empty handed. but it will take me a while to realize i forgot something.

    1. Anonymous

      Hi Jayne.
      As you have already been diagnosed with SLE I am sure you know that your rheumatologist can best answer this …. however of the many issues you describe I can tell you that the hair loss and fatigue are common signs for lupus . The rest of your ailments could have any of a plethora of causes not necessarily attributed to your lupus itself but could be an underlying factor . I would schedule an appointment with your rheumatologist for a better idea of what may or may not be causing your ailments and what there relevance to your lupus could be…

      take care

  37. BabyyPikachu

    I wake up at 1:30am and throw up?
    I was just diagnosed with Lupus 10 days ago. Three times this past week I have woken up at 1:30 am by nausea and had to run to the bathroom and throw up. I have looked online and have seen that nausea and vomiting is a possible symptom of Lupus. But before now I only had the joint pain, fever, and headaches and no nausea. It seems like a weird coincidence to start throwing up AFTER I’ve been diagnosed and no, I didn’t make myself sick by reading about it and thinking about the possibility of it because I didn’t know it was a symptom until I actually started throwing up and wondered whether it could be from my Lupus for not… So I guess my question is do you think I have something else going on (I find it weird because I wake up at the same time each night) or do you think it’s some weird coincidence that I’m getting more Lupus symptoms that I didn’t know were possible until I had them?
    also- no i am not on any medication

  38. Paula

    HI, my name is Molly and I am to be tested for Lupus. What are the chances I will have lupus?
    -I am 13 years old.
    -I have been suffering from extreme swelling of the lips for a period of a couple of months now. They believed it was caused by an egg allergy.
    – My family (particularly my mother) suffer from severe allergies.
    – I had specialist allergy testing and it showed that I have no allergies.
    -Since then, my joints have begun to swell on a regular basis.
    – My fingers swell in the same manner as my lips do.
    – My toes also swell sometimes.
    -I sometimes suffer from headaches and joint pains and sometimes I lose my personality and become tired (and as my parents describe it, I become ‘flat’)
    – I have trouble sleeping.
    -I suffer from very mild eczema (so does my mother, and most of my mothers family, though they have very severe cases)
    – Today, a lymph node in my neck also swelled.
    – I have also suffered from coughs and colds, on a regular basis.
    – I was born with a slight heart murmur (my two sisters were also born with heart murmurs, my mother has heart problems, and my maternal grandmother died at the age of 34 of heart and kidney problems during child birth)

    After I came home from school and discovered the swollen lymph node, my mum took me to the doctors, the doctor ordered for a number of blood tests, including for lupus, taking into account my medical problems.
    My mum is extremely worried that I may have lupus.

    What are the chances? Considering my symptoms?

    Thanks, molly x

    1. izzy

      The heart murmur may never give you trouble. Many people have them without any symptoms at all.
      As for lupus – SLE
      Lupus is a complex disease, and its cause is unknown. It is likely that a combination of genetic, environmental, and possibly hormonal factors work together to cause the disease.
      Reading through your concise list of symptoms it does point to some sort of auto immune disease, but nobody could possibly give you a diagnosis or the odds that you might or might not have lupus.
      IF you do have lupus, most patients with SLE lead full, active, and healthy lives.

      You have obviously read all about it and your mum sounds a smart lady to take you to see your doctor so promptly. I am sure you are both worried and wish you all the luck in the world.

  39. 27 Yr Old Married Guy

    Crohns, Celiac, Lupus, Hypothyroidism????? Help!?
    I started to have mental fogginess issued back in 2004, and remember having a general feeling of not feeling well. I can’t really remember exactly what it was like back then though. By the time 2006 came along, my issues had progressed pretty rapidly. I…

    – Had mental clarity issues.
    – I would get up to go to the grocery store and get in the car and realized I had forgotten where I was going.
    – I would bruise easily. I had diarrhea.
    My stomach was extremely bloated.
    I could barely carry on a conversation.

    After a few failed attempts at the doctors, I DIAGNOSED MYSELF with Celiac’s disease. Immediately, I went on a gluten free diet. After 6 months of being gluten free, I did notice improvement in some areas. But I never got to feeling 100%. Not even 60%.

    So I continued my research…

    About a year ago, I truly thought I was dying. I had…

    It feels as if all my stomach organs are swollen along with my head
    I feel like I have a fever, and my skin is hot to the touch (but no actual fever)
    Severe mental fogginess
    Underarm sweating
    Severe grogginess when waking
    Severe bloating
    Pressure headaches (get migraines on occasions with blurred vision, I think unrelated)
    Swollen and puffy eyes
    Got sick easily
    Cold hands and feet
    Shiver in cold weather
    Major skin issues. Pustuals on the hands and feet, rashes, etc. However I was able to get that at bay with very very mild soap.

    I knew at this point, I had to make a change. I cut everything out of my diet and slowly reintroduced things. At the end of this test, the only thing I could eat (at not perfect at that) was fruits, veggies, millet bread, sunflower butter (peanut butter substitute). I stuck to that diet for about 6 months and really better but dropped to 140 pounds. I went from a 1 out of 10 to a 6. But then started noticing that I was lacking nutrients and was getting other symptoms for not being balanced nutritionally. I have added a few things back in with a major herbal supplement system that I have created to help assist.

    Right now my diet is this…

    Millet bread
    Sunflower butter

    Garden of Life meal shake with probiotics and enzymes
    Activated Charcoal (Draw out poisons)
    Aloe Juice (Digestion)
    Basil (Digestion)
    Cayenne (Immune Booster)
    Cilantro (Detox)
    Cinnamon (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Coconut (Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial)
    Flax Oil (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Garlic (Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal)
    Ginger (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Ginko (Blood Flow)
    Ginsing (Digestion)
    Lime (Anti-Biotic)
    Mushroom (Cancer inhibitor)
    Peppermint (Digestion)
    Rosemary (Blood Flow)
    Tumeric (Anti-Inflammatory, Cancer Fighter)
    Lemon Water

    I have seen certain improvements with my herbal remedy, but nothing too major.
    I thought way back that it was celiac’s. Deleting gluten from my diet helped, but did not fix the problem. My current research makes me feel like it is either Crohn’s or something similar, or Hepatitis C. I have read that the two can be confused. I have recently been tested through a private company for Hep C and it came back Negative. What confuses me is that I do not have stomach pain like most Crohn’s patients do. However, I am pretty sure I have an ulcer. I do have a sharp pain in my stomach that comes and goes at times. And the biggest issue for me is mental clarity and this swelling fever I deal with. I can deal with irregular bowel movements, but the way I feel is unacceptable. I have a copy of blood work I had done a year ago when I was feeling my worst, and I noticed that they didn’t test for Hypothyroidism? Do these symptoms sound like this could possibly be a culprit? Lupus?

    I am probably the healthiest person you know. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, all of my diet is natural organic from the earth foods, herbs and minerals. I should not fee the way that I do.

    Please help!

  40. wHo DaT gIrL*

    Could I have lupus? Please read.?
    well, I’m 15 in 9th grade and ever since i was in second grade i’v always been sick a lot but not really with a specific thing just “not feeling well”. This year, it got a loooot worse.

    The symptoms I experienced this year (school year) were all GI related in the beggining (September to early December). I had a lot of bad abdominal problems. You name it, I get it. In December i got into the pediactric GI dr because there is not one around where I live so I had to travel.

    The things that were already ruled out were celiac diseas, galbladder disease, liver disease, colon cancer, colitis, pancreatitis, ulcers, parasites. I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy in feb and the dr said my insides looked “pink and perfect” and diagnosed me with overproduction of acid and irritable bowel syndrome.

    Lately, ever since December or January I would get body aches in my arms and legs and headaches but they’d come and go. Nothing I paid special attention to. At the end of feb I went to the eye dr and was diagnosed with baaaad dry eyes. I use artificial tears and they have helped.

    I am also ALWAYS thirsty! I don’t eat fried foods or salty foods and I haven’t eaten much today but tonight i have had the woooorst problem with thirst! I have drinken a bottle of root beer that didn’t help so i drank a bottle of water that didn’t help so I drank a bottle of vitamin water that didn’t help so I drank 2 glasses of juice and ice cubes and NOTHING is quenching my thirst! IT’S TERRIBLE!!

    For about a week i’v been getting the body aches more severe and also pains in both my legs under my knees and the same type of pain in my left wrist, and in the fingers on my right hand and a tingling in my tongue and sometimes feel numb in my hands and legs and bones. Could this be MS or lupus? I know with MS sometimes u get abdominal symptoms.

    1. John Granger

      This could be a Lupus episode. The symptoms that hints that you may have lupus are your body aches and headaches. Also your dry eyes. If you develop any rashes then I would consider asking your doctor ASAP or soon. They don’t know what causes lupus but they think it genetic so see if close relatives have lupus or the same symptoms as you and women are more likely to have lupus, doctors believe it’s because of certain hormones. So being 15 you may not notice t but hormones of all kinds are flying around in you so It would make sense.
      You show less symptoms for MS but it is still a threat seeing how MS and Lupus are similar in ways. They both attack healthy cells I believe it’s called autoimmune.
      I would bring this up with you doctor next time so you don’t develop worse problems cause it might effect you forever.

  41. hainessgirl

    Help with medical mystery?
    ok, here goes ever since i was like 15 i have had various symptoms severe headaches (on both sides of head kind of behind eyes, pressure like with throbbing, sometimes it will be just pressure with no pain like someone is tightening a belt on my head. around the crown and forehead, and others its up the back of my neck through both sides of my head excedrin tension headache is the ONLY thing that has ever helped and i have taken imitrex, something older that starts with an f. and every other headache type medicine thats OTC) i get lightheaded, woozy (this symptom seems to correlate with my flow as it only started the last 2 mths, but am not positive) i eat greens have tried various dietary changes. my memory is worse than swiss cheese both short and long term. i am tired ALOT, i get pain in my hands and my nerves are very easy to hit in my arms. i get panic attacks and anxiety attacks. this isnt me i am normally an optimistic person and energetic or at least i want to be and feel like i should be the tiredness and since i was 15 it seems like gradually more and more symptoms have been added i am now 25!!!! i cant even stay up 24 hours and i used to be able to do that all the time. its really put a damper on my life thus far i can’t be the mom i want to be and can’t even succeed in life like i want to. it is so frustrating i somtimes just sit and cry. please please please someone help. (i have had all the regular blood testing done pretty regualarly, i have also been tested for HIV, lyme, lupus, anything rheumatic pretty much, Rheumatoid arthritis regularly, most of the odd things EVERYTHING has come back normal) please help me get back my life as i am at a loss anymore (i also have gotten very cranky alot and have a short fuse) depression, and hot/cold flashes.
    ok i will reiterate these arent migraine headaches, i have taken all kinds of migraine meds and everything otc please if your going to asnwer for points dont. i am looking for honest to goodness help (thats not meant to sound mean its just i get excited when i see there might be an answer)

    1. izzy

      ?Chronic fatigue syndrome…
      Common symptoms of CFS/ME include:
      * muscle and joint pain, but with no swelling
      * fatigue that lasts more than 24 hours after exercise or exertion at a level that you usually used to be able to manage without feeling tired
      * forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion, or difficulty concentrating
      * sleep disturbances – waking up feeling tired or unrested or having trouble getting to sleep
      * flu-like symptoms

      Too many symptoms to post. Second link.

      ?Fibromyalgia. Information on the link…
      Fibromyalgia is not an arthritis, it is not due to cancer, and does not damage any joint or tissue. It does not shorten expected lifespan. In some cases, symptoms ease or go after a few months. However, in many cases it is a chronic (persistent) condition which tends to wax and wane in severity. Quality of life can become affected.
      What is the treatment for fibromyalgia?
      There is no single or simple cure for fibromyalgia. Treatments aim to reduce symptoms as much as possible. Over the years a range of different treatments have been advocated with variable rates of success.

      I assume anaemia has been ruled out.
      Sorry if the answers disappoints, all I could come up with.

  42. VM

    I have all the symptoms described below. Could I have lupus?
    I had a positive ANA test with a positive for DS antibodies. I have painful joints and limbs, hair loss, frequent infections, dry eyes, nose and mouth, frequent cold sores, fatigue, headaches,depression, pcos, IBS. I am so confused and tired of always feeling sick.
    I went to a reumatologist and he really didn’t seem to care much, he said that since I don’t run a fever or have mouth sores that I probably don’t have lupus. So does everyone that have lupus run a fever and have mouth sores? I didn’t feel I was taken seriously. HELP! Does anyone have similar symptoms/test results??

  43. Ern

    Ive had lupus symptoms for 4 months..?
    Im 21 and had my third child 4 months ago. About a week and a half after she was born i began developing what i though were allergies-stucfy/runny nose all day and night and headaches. About a week after that I began getting these bumps on my eye lash lines. I thoufht they were styles-they would last a week causing watery eyes, red eyes, itching, pain and slme times inability to epen eyes because the light hurt too bad. This remained along with the “allergies”. When one stye left another one came… though the severity of began to decrease. Teh the extreme fatigue began to I can sleep 10 hours a night and still fall asleep just sitting at the table writing and i nap twice a day (very understanding husband just watches the kids and helps with housework). This was immediately followed by bad knee joint pain and hair loss.. i cant wear my hair down anymore because hair ends up in food, all over my clothes, all over my things ect… and to top it all off ive been getting headaches daily. Not severe but constant and i never got head aches before. I am also getting bruises up and down my legs and arms-either from slight toughing or i dont know the origin. Could thos be lupus? I dont have insurance right now nor a lot of money tp go see a specialist with. How is lupus diagnosed?

  44. Anonymous

    Tell me what these are symptoms of?
    Ok, so I have been searching and searching to find out what is wrong with me, and I have posted on here several times. I have considered everything from Lupus, Hashimoto’s and Fibromyalgia, but none of them are the answer. So I just need help to see if anyone knows what I could possibly have
    Body aches
    Numbness and tingling in arms and legs
    fluid retention
    rash on chest and face
    weight gain
    acid reflux
    get sick easily
    ear infections
    bladder infections
    hair loss
    high blood pressure
    low blood sugar
    low platelet count
    Listen, if I wanted smart ass answers like “hypochondria” I would post this on facebook or something and let people who don’t know anything answer it but I put it on here to get advice from people who actually know what I’m going through, so until you have some actual advice to offer, please don’t comment on my question.
    Thanks for all of your answers. I see my Rheumatologist tomorrow and will be talking to him about everything. I’ve already had my thyroid checked out and everything seemed ok. What exactly do you mean by false negative lymes? I have tried looking it up but the only thing that comes up in lymes disease, and I have been sick for almost a year now and I would think that if it were lymes disease that it would have gotten progressively worse by now.

    1. Anonymous

      Sure sounds like thyroid!

      I wonder why you say it is not Hashi’s (or at least hypOthyroidism)….You would not know that for sure with just TSH test (which is all most doctors order for you)…you would also need an ANTIBODIES test. Sometimes you could have Hashi’s and TSH be in normal (.3 – 3) range. If you need to persuade your doctor to do the antibodies test, there is much info online by Mary Shomon that you could print something to take to the doctor.

      God bless

  45. Daisy Hegarty

    Might I Have Lupus without rash?
    I’m fourteen and I’m concerned i may have lupus. Although I’m Not entirely sure I have a few of the symptoms and my mum has rheumatoid arthritis.
    I have severe pain in both of my knees and have been asking my doctors what they think it could for the first couple of weeks it was dismissed as a sprain, damaged ligament and nurse-maids knee. But all of these things should have cleared up in 3-5 weeks. The pain just kept getting worse and worse. when my mum got diagonsed with artheritis i was tested to make sure i didnt have it. I didn’t however when taking these blood tests they discovered i am anemic and have been for quite some time.
    My Symptoms are
    * joint pain and stiffness, with or without swelling
    * muscle aches and pains
    * feeling very tired
    * anemia
    * hair loss
    * dizzy spells
    * feeling sad
    * night sweats
    * Nausea
    * Headaches
    * Dry eyes

    Is it possible i have lupus? And Should i talk to my GP about it?
    Many thanks
    Daisy (: x

  46. Lucy This or That

    Diagnose My Unusual Symptoms?
    I have developed a rash on my stomach that has began to spread up to my upper arm. I first developed this rash when I was twelve. I didn’t think much of it, but now since it has began to spread it has become a concern. It is flaky and very itchy. Even after I apply lotion it is still very itchty. They are brown-ish circles. It has just recently began to increase in itchiness.
    In the past month I have felt very sick. I have never in my life fainted, but I came very close two times. I began to black out and become dizzy. I almost completley passed out I was sweating profusely and then I sat down and I was fine. I had no anxiety..I was fine all day and I had eaten..I made sure of it. My eating habits are very healthy. My knees were not locked. I have no idea what brought this spell on.
    Also, I have been feeling a litte depressed, more than usual, recently as well.
    I have been running a fever on and off all month..and just feeling sick as well.
    I never get sick. I have also been expericing more headaches. Lupus crossed my mind, but I am unsure if I am just jumping to conclusions…also diabetes crossed my mind, that runs in my family.
    I was unsure what category to put this in…
    Anyways, I was just hoping for a diagnosis and what steps I should take to get rid of my symptoms..
    Thank you so much…

  47. BigTime

    General Medical Symptoms – Doctors no Help?
    I have a history of broad uncomfortable symptoms. Some are certainly worse than others, but all of them seem to ail me from time to time especially when experienced at the same time. I have been tested for so many different problems, to the point where I can say with confidence I do not have certain diseases. My symptoms, though, feel so serious when they happen I sometimes wonder if my life is in danger. Here are some:

    1. Shortness of breath – sometimes so severe I feel like I will pass out
    2. Chest tightness and pressure – especially in the sternum
    3. Severe fullness in gut and nausea with dizziness
    4. Increased heart rate and palpitations
    5. Weakness, especially in my hands

    Also, I suffer some less frequent symptoms that still trouble me:

    1. Sharp, ice-pick headaches
    2. Difficulty concentrating and even some short term memory loss
    3. Stomach pain, sometimes very severe

    I am a 25 year old male, in basically perfect health by what anyone can tell me (6 foot,160lbs, very low bodyfat maybe 9%, BP 110/60, GREAT cholesterol, no family history of anything I can think of). I also don’t take any prescriptions, I don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs.

    I have been tested for lupus, brain aneurysm, brain tumors, lung cancer, asthma, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, hep C, you name it. I’ve had CBC’s and other blood counts all of which are normal. My SED rate is normal. Angiotensin normal… you name it.

    I’ve also had an Echo, EKG, and a stress test for my heart, AND a holter monitor.. everything normal and healthy they say. My resting heart rate is about 50bpm usually. Lately, however, it’s felt much higher.. I have no idea why. These issues have been going on and adding in number for about a year now and they’re getting worse but doctors don’t take me seriously. What should I do?

  48. Anonymous

    I have had medical issues for the last 8 months, I went and got blood work, I have 12,000 white blood count?
    I am 24 years old, and never had any health issues, but about 8 months ago it all started. I woke up one morning and had pain in my shoulders, neck, and back. It felt as if I slept wrong, and I also had a feeling of tiredness. I thought it would go away, but I was wrong, everything just got worse. I started getting more and more symptoms, headaches, balance issues, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, irritability, bowel problems, urinary frequency, and of course the muscle aches and fatigue are still here. I finally went to the doctor about a month ago, she ordered blood work. Everything came back fine except my white blood count is at 12,000, I am going for a recount of the white blood count this week. I am terrified that I might have lupus, multiple sclerosis, leukemia, or cancer. Can someone help me PLEASE.

  49. Anonymous

    Will Discoid Lupus give you symptoms?
    For years I have suffered from extreme fatigue, constant headaches, anxiety, depression, constantly being sick. I found out last week that I have discoid lupus via skin biopsy. Could this be the cause of my troubles? I got blood take to test for SLE and I don’t have that.

    Thank you!
    will discoid then only affect the skin?

  50. MaluLanix0x

    How common are these symptoms in the earlier stages of Lupus (SLE)?
    * Frequent and or blocked urination
    * Muscle spasms & weakness
    * Muscle tingling/pins & needles
    * Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    * Loss of coordination & sensation (starting with feet and then hands)
    * Numbness/tingling in neck
    * Shakiness
    * Loss/less of sweating in hands & feet
    * Eye floaters/eye flashers & pressure and blurry spots/dimness in eyes
    *Headaches w/ some mood changes & trouble focusing

    I am 17 and a half y/o, and almost positive that I have SLE. I was just diagnosed with Raynauds. I get symmetrical joint pains & have the malar rash. My eyes and mouth get dry frequently. My grandfather had type 1 diabetes, and my aunt (on the other side of the family) has sclederma and hypothyroidsm.

    * Out of those list of symptoms the first were the eye changes and carpal tunnel w/ numbness in hands/feet. This seems to be progessing & i am verry VERY frightened. (i am going to the eye doctor tomorrow & am seeing a neurologist VERY soon.)

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